Postdoctoral Researcher

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Short info about job

Company: John Innes Centre, Norwich

Salary: £31,250 to £38,100 per annum depending on qualifications and experience

Hours: Full Time

Contract type: Fixed-Term/Contract

Type / Role: Academic or Research

Phone: +44-1253 8142486

Fax: +44-1309 3087402

E-mail: N\A


Detail information about job Postdoctoral Researcher. Terms and conditions vacancy

Applications are invited for an enthusiastic and motivated Postdoctoral Researcher to join the Laboratory of Professor Steven Penfield at the John Innes Centre.


This role is based within a dynamic and growing interdisciplinary group of around 15 researchers exploring the effects of temperature on flowering time, seed development and seed dormancy within Brassica crops. The work spans from model systems to applied strategic crop science. Modern molecular genetics and genomic tools are used to understand important processes such as vernalisation, control of flowering, crop scheduling, canopy development and seed biology.

The Role:

The postholder will work on a BBSRC-funded project to understand the biological mechanisms that underlie the effects of weather and climate on the yield of rapeseed. The successful applicant will use RNAseq, Chromatin immunoprecipitation and genetics, both in the laboratory and in field trials to understand the effects of weather (chiefly temperature) on reproductive development.

The post-holder will be responsible for delivering the experimental programme, and liaising with the field trial team and project partners to ensure successful delivery of the experimental and wider goals.

The Ideal Candidate:

This post would suit a researcher with a background in plant physiology, plant molecular biology and bioinformatics with an interest in understanding how weather and climate affect the fundamental molecular and developmental mechanisms that control yield in crops.

The ideal candidate will possess a PhD or equivalent in plant science, molecular biology or related discipline. They will have a practical understanding of plant physiology. Previous experience in crop science is an advantage but not essential, but excellent communication skills are required to coordinate experimental work with the field trials team.

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 contract of three years.

For further information and details of how to apply, please visit our web site or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or [email protected]  quoting reference 1003317. Informal enquiries can also be made to Professor Steven Penfield by email: [email protected]

As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy. The John Innes Centre is also proud to hold a Silver Award from Athena SWAN and is a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme.

The closing date for applications will be 17th September 2017.

The John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852) grant-aided by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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