- Job Title
- Senior Postdoctoral Researcher
- Post Number
- Closing Date
- 10 Mar 2020
- Starting Salary
- £39,990 - £48,775
- Hours per week
- Expected/Ideal Start Date
- 01 Apr 2020
- Months Duration
- Interview Date
- 20 Mar 2020
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.
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
- 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
- Manage the day to day running of the Dean lab when the PI is in Cambridge
- Disseminate research findings through presentations to various audiences at internal, national and international meetings
- Liaise with other external stakeholders
- As agreed with line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the role
Education & Qualifications
- PhD (full award) in a relevant scientific subject
Specialist Knowledge & Skills
- Chromatin analysis skills
- Molecular biology expertise
- Proteomics knowledge
- Demonstrated ability to perform research and develop novel ideas
- Proven record in scientific writing
- Experience of oral research presentations
- Substantial experience of conducting effective research at postdoctoral level
- Preparing data / information for grant proposals
- Experience of supervising, training and mentoring visitors and students
- Recent experience of managing a laboratory
Interpersonal & Communication Skills
- Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, including the ability to present complex information with clarity
- Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to work as part of a team
- Demonstrated ability to work independently, using initiative and applying problem solving skills
- Excellent time management and organisational skills
- Ability to collaborate with internal and external stakeholders
- Ability to follow instructions/Standard Operating Procedures
- Promotes and strives for continuous improvement
- Promotes equality and values diversity
- Willingness to embrace the expected values and behaviours of all staff at the Institute, ensuring it is a great place to work
- Able to present a positive image of self and the Institute, promoting both the international reputation and public engagement aims of the Institute
- Ability to maintain confidentiality and security of information where appropriate
- Willingness to work outside standard working hours when required
- Ability to undertake occasional travel (national and international) related to collaborations and/or seminars
- Attention to detail
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.
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 email@example.com.
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).
Cell & Developmental Biology
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.
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.
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 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.
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.