- Job Title
- Computational Research Assistant (Pathogenomics)
- Post Number
- Closing Date
- 11 Jun 2020
- Starting Salary
- £24,815 - £30,270
- Hours per week
- Project Title
- Pathogenomic analyses of the notorius wheat rust pathogens
- Expected/Ideal Start Date
- 01 Sep 2020
- Months Duration
Main Purpose of the Job
A computational Research Assistant position is newly available in the Saunders group at the John Innes Centre (JIC), Norwich, UK. The post holder will work with next-generation sequencing datasets to study the notorius wheat rust pathogens, which have been associated with crop failures and famine throughout history. The appointee will contribute to analysing host adaptation of the three wheat rust pathogens using various transcriptomic and genomic analyses. This post provides an exciting opportunity for the candidate to work in a multidisciplinary research group in the Crop Genetics department at the JIC.
The appointee will work closely with two postdoc mentors and interact with all members of the Saunders Lab.
Main Activities & Responsibilities
- Execute bioinformatic analysis that is relevant to the project
- Attend and contribute to meetings within the group
- Report regularly to the assigned direct mentors on progress and work with mentors and group leader to plan research strategies.
- Assist with data management
- As agreed with line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the post
Education & Qualifications
- Possess 3 A Levels at grades A*-C or equivalent, including computer science or similar subject
- BSc or equivalent in Biology, computer science, bioinformatics or a related field.
- MSc or equivalent in computer science/bioinformatics or a related field.
Specialist Knowledge & Skills
- Proven skills in computer programming
- Keen interest in crop science
- Experience with analysing next-generation sequencing data
- Experience analysing large complex datasets
Interpersonal & Communication Skills
- 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 follow instructions/Standard Operating Procedures
- Promotes and strives for continuous improvement
- Attention to detail
- 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
- Ability to maintain confidentiality and security of information where appropriate
- Willingness to work outside standard working hours when required
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).
The Department of Crop Genetics undertakes fundamental research on the biology of cereals, brassicas and legumes to understand the genetic and molecular basis of phenotypic variation. A major goal is to develop the technologies and knowledge base to provide a predictive framework that will underpin conventional and novel plant breeding strategies. This will enable high-yielding, stress and disease resistant varieties, with a particular end-use quality, suitable for an efficient but benign agriculture.
The Saunders group works on a variety of emerging and re-emerging plant pathogens using a broad array of techniques that include molecular genetics, biochemistry, plant pathology, cell biology, genomics, transcriptomics and data mining to improve our understanding of the molecular mechanisms at the plant pathogen interface.
Computational Research Assistant (Pathogenomics)
Salary: £24,815 - £30,270, depending on qualifications and experience.
Contract: 12 months, fulltime
Location: John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK.
Closing date: 11 June 2020
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Computational Research Assistant to join the Saunders Group at the John Innes Centre, working on cutting-edge science in the field of pathogenomics.
About the John Innes Centre:
The John Innes Centre is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science, genetics and microbiology. We nurture a creative, curiosity led approach to answering fundamental questions in bioscience, and translate that knowledge into societal benefits.
Our employees enjoy access to state-of-the-art technology and a diverse range of specialist training opportunities, including support for leadership and management. Click here to find out more about working at the John Innes Centre.
About the Saunders Group:
The Saunders group works on a variety of emerging and re-emerging plant pathogens using a broad array of techniques that include genomics, transcriptomics, data mining, molecular genetics, biochemistry, plant pathology and cell biology to improve our understanding of the molecular mechanisms at the plant pathogen interface.
The successful candidate will work with next-generation sequencing datasets to study the notorious wheat stem rust pathogens, which have been associated with crop failures and famine throughout history. The appointee will contribute to two research projects investigating how these pathogens adapt to infect different cereal hosts from a genomic perspective.
This is a very exciting opportunity for the candidate to join a multidisciplinary research group in the Crop Genetics department at the JIC to address key questions in pathogen evolution and adaptation.
The ideal candidate:
You will have a degree in biology, computer science, bioinformatics or similar subject. You will have in-depth knowledge of computer programming and demonstrated ability to work independently, using initiative and applying problem solving skills.
Please note, this post does not meet UKVI requirements to provide Tier 2 visa sponsorship.
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. We are proud to hold a prestigious Gold Athena SWAN award in recognition of our inclusive culture, commitment and good practices towards advancing of gender equality. We offer an exciting, stimulating, diverse research environment and actively promote a family friendly workplace. The Institute is also a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme.
The John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852) grant-aided by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.