Senior Postdoctoral Researcher
Post Details
Job Title
Senior Postdoctoral Researcher
Post Number
1003857
Closing Date
10 Mar 2020
Grade
SC5
Starting Salary
£39,990 - £48,775
Hours per week
37
Expected/Ideal Start Date
01 Apr 2020
Months Duration
60
Interview Date
20 Mar 2020

Job Description

Main Purpose of the Job

Conduct an internationally competitive individual research project on antisense-mediated chromatin switching, in addition to supporting the day to day running of the Dean lab and training new arrivals.

Key Relationships

Internal: Line manager, helping supervision of other group members and, as necessary, other researchers. Interacting with other scientists across across the Institute to best help the other Dean lab members with their projects.

External: Frequent and extensive interactions and visits with collaborators, at LMB, Cambridge and CSIC Ochoa Madrid

Main Activities & Responsibilities

Percentage
Identify, plan, carry out and modify experiments to meet the objectives of their individual project. Prepare results and write manuscripts for publication in leading scientific journals
60
Manage the day to day running of the Dean lab when the PI is in Cambridge
30
Disseminate research findings through presentations to various audiences at internal, national and international meetings
5
Liaise with other external stakeholders
5
As agreed with line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the role

Person Profile

Education & Qualifications

Requirement
Importance
PhD (full award) in a relevant scientific subject
Essential

Specialist Knowledge & Skills

Requirement
Importance
Chromatin analysis skills
Desirable
Molecular biology expertise
Desirable
Proteomics knowledge
Desirable

Relevant Experience

Requirement
Importance
Demonstrated ability to perform research and develop novel ideas
Essential
Proven record in scientific writing
Essential
Experience of oral research presentations
Essential
Substantial experience of conducting effective research at postdoctoral level
Essential
Preparing data / information for grant proposals
Desirable
Experience of supervising, training and mentoring visitors and students
Desirable
Recent experience of managing a laboratory
Desirable

Interpersonal & Communication Skills

Requirement
Importance
Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, including the ability to present complex information with clarity
Essential
Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to work as part of a team
Essential
Demonstrated ability to work independently, using initiative and applying problem solving skills
Essential
Excellent time management and organisational skills
Essential
Ability to collaborate with internal and external stakeholders
Essential
Ability to follow instructions/Standard Operating Procedures
Essential
Promotes and strives for continuous improvement
Essential

Additional Requirements

Requirement
Importance
Promotes equality and values diversity
Essential
Willingness to embrace the expected values and behaviours of all staff at the Institute, ensuring it is a great place to work
Essential
Able to present a positive image of self and the Institute, promoting both the international reputation and public engagement aims of the Institute
Essential
Ability to maintain confidentiality and security of information where appropriate
Essential
Willingness to work outside standard working hours when required
Essential
Ability to undertake occasional travel (national and international) related to collaborations and/or seminars
Essential
Attention to detail
Essential

Who We Are

John Innes Centre

The John Innes Centre is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science and microbiology, carrying out fundamental and strategic research, to train scientists and making our findings available to society.

Our research makes use of a wide range of disciplines in the biological and chemical sciences including; cell biology, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics and molecular biology.

For more information about working at the John Innes Centre, please click here.

We pride ourselves on being a welcoming and inclusive working environment for all. We have a diverse and multicultural scientific community and thrive on our European and international links, appointing staff from across the world. Any candidate who would like further information on current or anticipated immigration requirements can contact the HR Team on +44 (0)1603 450888 or nbi.recruitment@nbi.ac.uk.

We are proud to hold a prestigious Athena SWAN Gold award, recognising the impact of our work in promoting gender equality in science. We are also a proud member of the Stonewall Diversity Champion’s programme, a founding signatory of the Tecnician Commitment and, as a Disability Confident employer, guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post.

The John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852), limited by guarantee (registered in England No. 511709).

Department

Cell & Developmental Biology

Development continues throughout the life of the plant. While many linear pathways affecting development have been discovered and are illustrated by elegant genetic studies, the challenge of the future will be for us to understand how these developmental pathways are integrated, both with themselves as well as with environmental signals, to enable a mature plant to grow from a seed.  Guided by evolutionary principles, the Department uses its knowledge of biological processes obtained in laboratory organisms such as Arabidopsis to understand processes in crop plants such as Brassicas and cereals.  To study this interaction of the plant genome with internal developmental networks and the environment, the Department uses a combination of genetic, cell biological, molecular and evolutionary strategies. The insights we are gaining provide both an increasingly detailed knowledge of the proteins involved in diverse regulatory mechanisms and a conceptual framework in which this knowledge can be related and eventually integrated into a molecular description of plant cell function.   The knowledge the department is creating is relevant to agriculture. Genes that control plant stature, form, over-wintering responses and growth are potentially useful for improving crop performance.

Group Details

The Dean group focuses on the mechanistic basis of epigenetic switching and quantitative transcriptional regulation focusing on one specific Arabidopsis gene, FLC. This involves molecular (and computational through collaboration with Martin Howard and colleagues) dissection of conserved pathways linking non-coding RNA, chromatin modifications and transcriptional dynamics.

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Applications are invited for a Senior Postdoctoral Researcher to join the Laboratory of Professor Caroline Dean at the John Innes Centre based in Norwich, UK.

Background:

The John Innes Centre is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science, genetics and microbiology.

The Dean Group’s research is studying gene silencing mechanisms at the Arabidopsis FLC locus, focusing on the intersection of chromatin, transcription and non-coding RNAs.

The role:

The successful candidate will support the smooth running of the Dean Group by deputising for Professor Dean when she is away in Cambridge (usually half the week). This will include training new arrivals and helping to supervise the work of students and other Group members.

They will also individually execute a research project on the molecular basis of Polycomb switching mechanisms at FLC.

The ideal candidate:

Applicants should possess a PhD (full award) in a relevant, scientific subject. They should also have substantial experience of conducting effective scientific research at postdoctoral level. Knowledge and skills in chromatin analysis, molecular biology and proteomics knowledge is desirable.

Additional information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £39,990 to £48,775 per annum depending on qualifications and experience.  This is a fulltime contract for a period of five years.

Interviews are expected to be held on 20th March 2020.

We are an equal opportunities employer, actively supporting inclusivity and diversity.  As a Disability Confident organisation, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy. The John Innes Centre is also proud to hold a Gold Award from Athena SWAN and is a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme.