Computational Research Assistant (Pathogenomics)
Post Details
Job Title
Computational Research Assistant (Pathogenomics)
Post Number
1003895
Closing Date
11 Jun 2020
Grade
SC7
Starting Salary
£24,815 - £30,270
Hours per week
37
Project Title
Pathogenomic analyses of the notorius wheat rust pathogens
Expected/Ideal Start Date
01 Sep 2020
Months Duration
12

Job Description

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.

Key Relationships

The appointee will work closely with two postdoc mentors and interact with all members of the Saunders Lab.

Main Activities & Responsibilities

Percentage
Execute bioinformatic analysis that is relevant to the project
80
Attend and contribute to meetings within the group
5
Report regularly to the assigned direct mentors on progress and work with mentors and group leader to plan research strategies.
5
Assist with data management
5
As agreed with line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the post
5

Person Profile

Education & Qualifications

Requirement
Importance
Possess 3 A Levels at grades A*-C or equivalent, including computer science or similar subject
Essential
BSc or equivalent in Biology, computer science, bioinformatics or a related field.
Essential
MSc or equivalent in computer science/bioinformatics or a related field.
Desirable

Specialist Knowledge & Skills

Requirement
Importance
Proven skills in computer programming
Essential
Keen interest in crop science
Desirable

Relevant Experience

Requirement
Importance
Experience with analysing next-generation sequencing data
Desirable
Experience analysing large complex datasets
Desirable

Interpersonal & Communication Skills

Requirement
Importance
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 follow instructions/Standard Operating Procedures
Essential
Promotes and strives for continuous improvement
Essential

Additional Requirements

Requirement
Importance
Attention to detail
Essential
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
Ability to maintain confidentiality and security of information where appropriate
Essential
Willingness to work outside standard working hours when required
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

Crop Genetics

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.

Group Details

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.

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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
Reference:     1003895

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 role:

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.

Additional information:

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.