Postdoctoral Researcher
Post Details
Job Title
Postdoctoral Researcher
Post Number
1004258
Closing Date
22 May 2022
Grade
SC6
Starting Salary
£32,578 - £39,938
Hours per week
37
Project Title
Inheritance of gene expression in polyploid wheat
Expected/Ideal Start Date
01 Aug 2022
Months Duration
24
Interview Date
06 Jun 2022

Job Description

Main Purpose of the Job

Polyploid genomes contain multiple gene copies, known as homoeologs, which have been proposed to confer adaptive advantages for example through tissue specific expression. However, we lack fundamental knowledge about how homoeologs are regulated which will be needed to leverage the flexibility of polyploid genomes to increase food production and adapt our crops to cope with climate change. This project will explore the genetic and epigenetic factors that influence the inheritance of homoeolog expression patterns in wheat. This will provide a first step towards being able to manipulate homoeolog expression patterns for crop improvement.

The successful candidate will design, execute and analyse genomics experiments, although there is scope for molecular biology work. The candidate will be expected to have expertise in experimental design and statistical analysis; analyse large datasets of next generation sequencing data; develop reproducible pipelines for genomic analyses; prepare the results for and contribute to high quality academic publications; present at national and international academic conferences, and participate in public engagement activities. Furthermore, the candidate will be expected to play a central role in working with other research group members.

Key Relationships

Internal: The post holder will be line managed by the group leader, Philippa Borrill. The post holder will maintain good relationships with all group members including postdocs, students, research assistants and visitors. They will also interact with other researchers, research support staff and students across the Institute.

External: Academic and industrial collaborators.

Main Activities & Responsibilities

Percentage
Design, carry out and analyse experiments to meet the objectives of the project
70
Prepare results, reports and manuscripts for publication in leading scientific journals and other relevant media
5
Disseminate research findings through presentations to various audiences at internal, national and international meetings
5
Collaborate with colleagues within the Institute in the development of original and world-class research, including contributing to research proposals and grant applications
5
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
5
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
5
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
5

Person Profile

Education & Qualifications

Requirement
Importance
PhD (full award or expected within 6 months) or equivalent in Genomics, Bioinformatics, Plant Biology, Crop Science, or related discipline
Essential

Specialist Knowledge & Skills

Requirement
Importance
Excellent understanding of genetics and genomics
Essential
Excellent understanding of biology
Essential
Demonstrated expertise in genomics
Essential
Knowledge and experience of plant or polyploid species genomics
Desirable
Knowledge and experience in epigenetics
Desirable

Relevant Experience

Requirement
Importance
Demonstrated ability to perform research and develop novel ideas
Essential
Experience working with plants or polyploid organisms or data from these species
Essential
Experience working with next generation sequencing data
Essential
Experience of carrying out data analysis and developing analysis pipelines in programming languages including R
Essential
Experience in experimental design and statistical analysis
Essential
Proven record in scientific writing
Essential
Experience handling large datasets
Essential
Experience of oral research presentations
Essential
Experience of version control (e.g. Git) and examples of previous work (e.g. through GitHub repository)
Desirable
Experience in molecular biology
Desirable
Experience of supervising, training and mentoring visitors and students
Desirable
Preparing data / information for grant proposals
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 and develop instructions/Standard Operating Procedures
Essential
Promotes and strives for continuous improvement
Essential

Additional Requirements

Requirement
Importance
Promotes equality and values diversity
Essential
Attention to detail
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

Who We Are

John Innes Centre

The John Innes Centre is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant and microbial genetics, 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 Borrill group aims to understand gene function in wheat to accelerate crop improvement. This goal is complicated by the polyploid nature of the wheat genome, therefore the group seeks to understand the effects of polyploidy on gene expression and phenotype in wheat.

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Postdoctoral Researcher
Salary:            £32,578 - £39,938 per annum depending on qualifications and experience.
Contract:        2 years full time
Location:        John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK.
Closing date: 22 May 2022 
Reference:     1004258

The Borrill group seeks a Postdoctoral Researcher to investigate how gene expression is controlled and inherited in polyploid wheat.

About the John Innes Centre:

The John Innes Centre is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant and microbial genetics. 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 Borrill Group:

The Borrill group aims to understand gene function in wheat to accelerate crop improvement. This goal is complicated by the polyploid nature of the wheat genome, therefore the group seeks to understand the effects of polyploidy on gene expression and phenotype in wheat.

The role:

This project will explore the genetic and epigenetic factors that influence the inheritance of homoeolog expression patterns in wheat. This will provide a first step towards being able to manipulate homoeolog expression patterns for crop improvement.

The post holder will design, execute and analyse genomic experiments, although there is scope for molecular biology work.   

The candidate will be expected to have expertise in experimental design and statistical analysis; analyse large datasets of next generation sequencing data; develop reproducible pipelines for genomic analyses; prepare the results for and contribute to high quality academic publications; present at national and international academic conferences, and participate in public engagement activities. Furthermore, the candidate will be expected to play a central role in working with other research group members.

The ideal candidate:

Candidates should have a PhD in Genomics, Bioinformatics, Plant Biology, Crop Science or related discipline and have demonstrated expertise in genomics and experience handling large datasets. Excellent oral and written communication skills are required, alongside the ability to work both independently and effectively within a team.

Additional information:

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.