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Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Earlham Institute - Organisms and Ecosystems

Location: Norwich
Salary: £31,250 to £38,100 per annum depending on qualifications and experience
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 12th February 2019
Closes: 10th March 2019
Job Ref: 1003630

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Scientist to join the Laboratory of Professor Anthony Hall as part of the Core Strategic Programme “Genomics for Food Security" at the Earlham Institute, based in Norwich, UK.


Earlham Institute is a vibrant research institute with a strong skill base in genomics technologies and bioinformatics and we aim to deliver programmes leading to improved food security, advances in industrial biotechnology and improved human health and wellbeing.

Professor Hall has worked on the circadian clock for twenty years and has established an international research profile in this area. The candidate will join a multi-disciplinary laboratory studying wheat genomics and the circadian clock. Professor Hall’s research group is based in a new state-of-the-art laboratory set up for the in vivo measurement of luciferase and associated circadian assays.

The Role:

This exciting position aims to develop the tools and resources for studying the circadian clock in wheat. The aim is to use the clock as a model to investigate how complex regulatory networks work across multiple genomes, whether this provides network robustness or increased flexibility and which components in the network are under selection.

Specifically, the job will involve:

  • Identifying orthologues of the Arabidopsis clock in bread wheat and wild relatives, investigating temporal gene expression, promoter structure and genetic variation across a wheat diversity collection
  • Analysis of a temporal transcriptomic data set; reconstructing the circadian regulatory network and testing key components of this network
  • Developing molecular biology approaches to investigate clock transcription factor binding sites and validate network connections
  • Using a wheat tilling population in both forward and reverse genetic approaches to isolate clock mutants, and testing clock phenotypes using circadian assays developed in the lab
  • Providing service access to a luciferase imaging platform

In addition to these roles, the post holder will have the opportunity to contribute to other projects and develop next generation sequencing protocols.

The Ideal Candidate:

Applicants should possess a PhD in biological science with a focus on plant biology. We are looking for a team player with a broad knowledge of plant molecular biology, plant genetics, basic statistics and ability to run simple bioinformatic workflows. Experience of collaborating with other research groups would be advantageous.

Additional Information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £31,250 to £38,100 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This is a full-time post for a period of 3 years.

Interviews will be held in mid-March.

For further information and details of how to apply, please visit our web site or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or quoting reference 1003630.

As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy.

The closing date for applications will be 10th March 2019.

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