- Job Title
- Postdoctoral Researcher
- Post Number
- Closing Date
- 14 Aug 2022
- Starting Salary
- £33,050 - £40,750
- Hours per week
- Project Title
- Epigenetic reprogramming in plant germlines
- Expected/Ideal Start Date
- 14 Nov 2022
- 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) in biological sciences or a related discipline
- BSc or equivalent in biological sciences
Specialist Knowledge & Skills
- Good knowledge of epigenetics and genetics
- Proficient in molecular biology techniques
- Bioinformatics skills
- Biochemistry and bioimaging skills
- Demonstrated ability to perform research and develop novel ideas
- Proven record in scientific writing
- Experience of oral research presentations
- Experience in molecular biology/cloning
- Experience in working with plants
- Experience in epigenetic and genomic studies
- Experience of supervising, training and mentoring students
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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Germ cells are “immortal” as they can be indefinitely transmitted through generations. A key regulator of their immortality is genome-wide reprogramming of chromatin state beyond the genetic (called ‘epigenetic’) code. Understanding this reprogramming is a crucial aspect of germline biology. Conversely, germlines are also essential for understanding epigenetics because they mediate inheritance and uniquely undergo large-scale epigenetic changes. Compared to animals, plant germlines differentiate much later and undergo distinct epigenetic changes despite highly conserved epigenetic pathways. These differences make plant germlines invaluable for revealing the core principles of epigenetics and sexual reproduction. Plant germlines are also of enormous practical significance because they produce the seeds that comprise most of our staple food. Our research aims to answer 3 interconnected questions regarding plant germline epigenetics: 1) How do chromatin landscapes change during germline development and what are the underlying mechanisms? 2) What are the biological functions of these epigenetic changes? 3) How are environment-induced epigenetic memories transmitted and/or erased in germlines? Through addressing these questions, we hope to provide deep insights into epigenetic mechanisms and germline functions, and reveal how chromatin is developmentally regulated and in turn directs development.
Living in Norfolk
Salary: £33,050 - £40,750 per annum depending on qualifications and experience.
Contract: 2 Years, full time
Location: John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK.
Closing date: 14th August 2022
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join the Feng Group at the John Innes Centre, working on cutting-edge science in the field of epigenetic reprogramming in plant germlines.
About the John Innes Centre:
The John Innes Centre is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant and microbial sciences. We nurture a creative, curiosity-led approach to answering fundamental questions in bioscience, and translate that knowledge into societal benefits. Our strategic vision, Healthy Plants, Healthy People, Healthy Planet, sets out our ambitious long-term goals for the game changing impact of our science globally.
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 Feng Group:
The Feng laboratory uses the Arabidopsis male germline as a model system to study the mechanisms underlying germline epigenetic reprogramming. The ease of cell isolation, tolerance of Arabidopsis for epigenetic mutations, and the conservation in epigenetic machineries between plants and animals makes the Arabidopsis male germline a uniquely powerful model for understanding germline epigenetics. Dr Feng's lab members have opportunities supported by ERC, EMBO and BBSRC for training and networking. The Postdoctoral Researcher will benefit from the training in the Feng lab, various programs available at JIC, and interactions with scientists in JIC, and the closely associated Sainsbury Laboratory and Quadram Institute Bioscience.
Funded by ERC, the Postdoctoral Researcher will investigate the mechanisms underlying germline chromatin reconfigurations using a combination of genetics, epigenomics, imaging, developmental biology and biochemistry approaches.
In addition, they will also carry out the following activities:
•Prepare results, reports and manuscripts for publication in leading scientific journals
•Disseminate research findings through presentations to various audiences at national and international meetings
•Collaborate with experts within the Institute and worldwide in the development of original and world-class research, including contributing to research proposals and grant applications
The ideal candidate:
The Feng Lab welcomes scientists who are passionate about epigenetics and germlines to apply. Candidates should have strong expertise in molecular genetics and possess a proven record in scientific writing. The ideal candidate should have a PhD (full award or expected within 6 months of applying) in biological sciences or a related discipline with previous experience in molecular biology.
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.