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    Research Fellow (Ben Gill Translational Fellow)

    Applications are invited for a Research Fellow (the Ben Gill Translational Fellow) in the area of legume crop genetics, with an emphasis on pea genetics and the translation of research outputs, based at the John Innes Centre, in Norwich, UK. The fellowship will be for an initial term of six years, with the possibility of indefinite appointment subject to a successful review in year 6.

    The successful applicant will work alongside Professor Claire Domoney and other JIC Group Leaders in the Metabolic Biology and Crop Genetics departments in investigating genetic traits that are significant to seed quality and to plant and human health. The fellow will promote crop genetic translational activities: leading the objectives of the Pulse Crop Genetic Improvement Network using the extensive networks in place; forging new relationships in collaboration with JIC Knowledge Exchange & Commercialisation/Business Development colleagues; and maximising the impact of the JIC Pisum germplasm collection. The successful applicant will develop collaborations in the area of human health with relevant partners, including the Quadram Institute. The fellow will be part of the highly collaborative culture of the John Innes Centre, encompassing researchers from plant and microbial sciences within an international centre of excellence.

    The ideal candidate will have a PhD in plant biology or equivalent along with demonstrable scientific knowledge and independence in the field of expertise. They will also have an understanding of experimental approaches in crop science and in depth knowledge of the scientific goals of collaborators’ groups. The fellow should have research experience in plant molecular biology, genetics and demonstrated commitment to the highest levels of integrity and best practice in science and scientific management.

    The JIC offers access to a range of centrally-led, state-of-the art technology platforms that support all scientific disciplines, including bioimaging, biomolecular analyses, genomics and database services, and field, horticultural and (quarantine) entomology services. For further information, visit the website The JIC has a vibrant mentoring programme and a collegial environment that encourages strategic input at all levels.

    Salary on appointment will be within the range £39,990 to £48,775 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This post is for a contract of 6 years.

    It is proposed that interviews will take place in the week beginning 16 December 2019.

    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 1003809.

    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. The John Innes Centre is also proud to hold a Gold Award from Athena SWAN and is a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme.

    The closing date for applications will be 2 December 2019.

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

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