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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 plant epigenetics and reproduction.

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 previously a BBSRC David Phillips Fellow. Her lab members have opportunities supported by EMBO, ERC and BBSRC for training and networking.

You will benefit from training opportunities in the Feng lab, as well as formal programmes offered by the John Innes Centre’s learning and development team.

The role:

You will investigate the mechanisms underlying germline chromatin reconfigurations using a combination of genetics, epigenomics, imaging and developmental biology approaches.

This diverse role will provide you with a broad range of stimulating activities, including:
• Preparing results, reports and manuscripts for publication in leading scientific journals
• Disseminating research findings through presentations to various audiences at national and international meetings
• Collaborating with colleagues within the Institute in the development of original and world-class research, including contributing to research proposals and grant applications

In this role, you will have the opportunity to develop your skills in scientific research, critical thinking, communication and networking. You will also work with world leading scientists who are experts in their field.

The ideal candidate:

You will have a PhD in life sciences. You will possess strong expertise in molecular biology, genetics and biochemistry, and a proven record in scientific writing. Experience in epigenetic and genomic studies is desirable but not essential.

Additional information:

This is a fulltime post for a period of 18 months.

Interviews are expected to be held on 10th September 2020.

Please note, we reserve the right to close this advert before the closing date should sufficient applications be received.

For further information and details of how to apply, please visit our web site http://jobs.jic.ac.uk or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or [email protected] quoting reference 1003920. All applications should contain a CV and covering letter.

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.


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