- Job Title
- Postdoctoral Researcher
- Post Number
- Closing Date
- 15 Jul 2020
- Starting Salary
- £31,625 - £38,575
- Hours per week
- Expected/Ideal Start Date
- 01 Sep 2020
- Months Duration
Main Purpose of the Job
Postdoctoral Researchers work with limited supervision to carry out individual and collaborative research projects relevant to the overall needs of the research programme.
Internal: Line manager, group members and, as necessary, other researchers, research support staff and students across the Institute.
Main Activities & Responsibilities
- Identify, plan, carry out and modify experiments to meet the objectives of the project
- Prepare results, reports and manuscripts for publication in leading scientific journals and other relevant media
- Disseminate research findings through presentations to various audiences at internal, national and international meetings
- Collaborate with colleagues within the Institute in the development of original and world-class research, including contributing to research proposals and grant applications
- Liaise with industry and other external stakeholders
- Ensure research and record keeping is carried out in accordance with good practice, Scientific Integrity and in compliance with local policies and any legal requirements
- Contribute to the smooth running of the group, including the effective use of resources, supervision of visitors to the laboratory and assisting with training others, encouraging scientific excellence
- Continually strive for excellence, seeking out and acting on feedback and relevant learning and development opportunities
- As agreed with the line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the post, for example, contributing to the work of Institute committees
Education & Qualifications
- PhD (full award or expected within 6 months) or equivalent in plant biology, evolution, pathlogy microbiology or a related discipline
Specialist Knowledge & Skills
- A core subset of skills and proficiencies in plant molecular biology. This includes tissue culture, transformation, cloning, gene/protein expression analyses, microscopy, etc
- Strong grasp of standard microbiological practices
- Plant pathology experience (candidates interested in plant-microbe interactions having strong molecular biology/microbiology backgrounds are very much encouraged to apply).
- Expertise in computational approaches to study molecular evolution (phylogenetics, proteome-wide orthology analyses) and competency in generating/analysing large-scale omics data (i.e. RNA-seq).
- Experience cultivating and manipulating in some of the following systems: Arabidopsis, Nicotiana, other non-standard model systems, and early divergent land plant lineages like bryophytes (liverworts, mosses, hornworts) or seedless vascular plants.
- Demonstrated ability to perform research and develop novel ideas in the areas of host-microbe interactions, molecular genetics and/or evolution
- Proven record in scientific writing
- Experience of oral research presentations
- Experience of supervising, training and mentoring visitors and students
- Preparing data / information for grant proposals
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
Salary: £31,625 - £38,575 depending on qualifications and experience.
Contract: 23 months, full-time
Location: John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK.
Closing date: 15 July 2020
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join the Philip Carella Group at the John Innes Centre, working on cutting-edge science in the field of Evolutionary Plant-Microbe Interactions.
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 Carella Group:
We are establishing a curious, enthusiastic, and innovative team that will explore the diversity of defence responses that evolved to protect land plants from pathogen infection. Using comparative macroevolutionary and molecular genetic approaches, our group explores widely-conserved and lineage-specific aspects of plant defence that will inform future efforts to protect plants from harmful pathogens.
Working as part of a team led by Philip Carella, you will perform key experiments aimed at identifying core principles underpinning host-pathogen interactions shared across land plants using distantly-related models like the liverwort Marchantia polymorpha and the angiosperm Arabidopsis thaliana.
This diverse role will provide you with a broad range of stimulating activities, including:
- Accelerated genetic analysis of disease resistance in model liverworts
- Macroevolutionary comparisons of infection processes across land plants
- Examination of convergent virulence mechanisms in various phytopathogens
In this role, you will have the opportunity to develop your skills in plant-microbe interactions and evolution. You will also work with world leading scientists who are experts in their field.
The ideal candidate:
You will have a PhD in Molecular Biology or a related field. You will have in-depth knowledge of organismal biology or host-microbe interactions and demonstrable experience in molecular biology/microbiology.
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.