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Postdoctoral Researcher

John Innes Centre, Norwich

Location: Norwich
Salary: £32,578 to £39,938 per annum depending on qualifications and experience
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 12th October 2021
Closes: 9th November 2021
Job Ref: 1004123

Contract: 2 years, full-time

Location: John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK.

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 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 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 is an EMBO Young Investigator and formerly a BBSRC David Phillips Fellow. Her 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.

The role:

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. Experience in epigenetic and genomic studies are desirable but not essential. They should have a PhD (full award or expected within 6 months of applying) in biological sciences or related discipline.

Additional information:

Interviews will be held on 22nd November 2021.

For further information and details of how to apply, please visit our website or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or quoting reference 1004123.

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.

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