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The John Innes Centre is one of eight institutes that receive strategic funding from the BBSRC. The institutes deliver innovative, world class bioscience research and training, leading to wealth and job creation, generating high returns for the UK economy.

The institutes' research underpins key sectors of the UK economy such as agriculture, bioenergy, biotechnology, food and drink and pharmaceuticals. In addition, the institutes maintain unique research facilities of national importance.

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Athena Swan silver award

The John Innes Centre is proud to be the first Research Institute to win an Athena SWAN Silver Award and becomes one of just five institutional Silver Award holders.

The Athena SWAN charter recognizes and celebrates good practice in recruiting, retaining and promoting women in the fields of science, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM).

For more on JIC's silver award, see our Equality and Diversity section


Group Leader Positions

The John Innes Centre wishes to recruit five new Group Leaders to run internationally excellent and innovative research programmes to complement the ongoing science.


All aspects of plant and microbial science will be considered.


Priority areas for two of the posts are Brassica genetics and Bioinformatics.


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Welcome to the John Innes Centre, an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science and microbiology. Our mission is to generate knowledge of plants and microbes through innovative research, to train scientists for the future, to apply our knowledge to benefit agriculture, the environment, human health and well-being, and engage with policy makers and the public.

The John Innes Centre contributes over £170M annually to the UK economy, demonstrating the impact and relevance of the excellent scientific research we undertake, and validating the investment of public funding to support this (2013 data from an independent report by Brookdale). An economic impact report and infographic highlights the key achievements of the institute, and the impact of its science and how it has been of benefit to society.

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Group Leader positions at John Innes Centre

We wish to recruit at least five new Group Leaders to run internationally excellent and innovative research programmes to complement the ongoing science.

All aspects of plant and microbial science will be considered. Priority areas for two of the posts are Brassica genetics and Bioinformatics.

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How plants become zombies
April 2014
Forget popular video game Plants Vs. Zombies, some plants are zombies and scientists have uncovered how bacterial parasites turn them into the living dead.
JIC PhD student wins research excellence award
April 2014
JIC PhD student Philippa Borrill has won the 2014 early career excellence award from Monogram. The award recognises outstanding young scientists and researchers in the field of small grain cereal and grass research in the UK.

John Innes Centre achieves silver in Athena SWAN pilot
April 2014
The John Innes Centre, an internationally renowned plant and microbial science institute, has become the first research institute to win an Athena SWAN Silver Award.

John Innes Centre PhD student, Isabell Webb, wins 'I'm a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here' category
March 2014
And the winner is… JIC PhD student Isabel Webb!  She won her category of the I’m a Scientist Get Me Out of Here final on Friday 21st March. JIC student Amelia Frizell-Armitage also came third. Izzy wrote a blog post about the experience.
New research projects announced to help save UK forests, woods and trees
March 2014
Seven new research projects have received a share of £7M to help address threats to UK forests, woods and trees. The John Innes Centre and Forest Research have been awarded a £635K grant to study genetic variation in the fungus that causes Chalara ash dieback.
Top tomatoes secure "Most Promising Innovator" award
March 2014
The goodness of 27 bottles of red wine without the alcohol and the benefits of tofu without the texture – tomatoes with high levels of beneficial compounds win John Innes Centre scientists the BBSRC award of “Most Promising Innovator 2014.”
Norwich scientist takes her science to Parliament
March 2014
Philippa Borrill, 24, a PhD student at the John Innes Centre, has attended Parliament to present her science to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of SET for Britain.

Ash research reveals first genetic clues to fight dieback
March 2014
Scientists collaborating on ash dieback research can reveal the first genetic clues that could help them identify and breed trees tolerant to the disease.

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Prof Cathie Martin and Dr Eugenio Butelli shortlisted in innovation competition
February 2014
Professor Cathie Martin and Dr Eugenio Butelli, probably best known for their work on GM purple tomatoes, have been shortlisted in the BBSRC Innovator of the Year competition.

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€85 million for new way to carry out antibiotic drug discovery
February 2014
Over 30 European universities, research institutes, and companies, led by GlaxoSmithKline and Uppsala University, are joining forces in a 6 year programme supported by the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) to develop novel antibiotics against Gram-negative pathogens.

Cambridge and Norwich win major boost for synthetic biology
January 2014
Plant scientists at Cambridge and Norwich have been awarded £12 million funding for a new UK synthetic biology centre – OpenPlant.

Bumper harvest for GM purple tomatoes
January 2014
GM purple tomatoes developed by John Innes Centre scientists in the UK are being harvested in Ontario, Canada, for future research and to attract interest from private investors.

Watch on-demand: Is there a need for Golden Rice?
January 2014
Golden Rice is a crop biofortified with higher levels of provitamin A developed using GM technology in 2000. Its development has been covered heavily in the news media.
The Friends of John Innes Centre hosted a debate presenting different viewpoints to the question 'Is there a need for Golden Rice?'

Daphne Jackson Fellowship opportunity at John Innes Centre
January 2014
Applications are invited for a Daphne Jackson Fellowship hosted by the John Innes Centre.
Daphne Jackson Fellowships offer STEM professionals wishing to return to a research career after a break of two or more years, the opportunity to balance an individually tailored retraining programme with a challenging research project in a suitably supportive environment.

Dr Cristobal Uauy awarded an SEB President's Medal
January 2014
Dr Cristobal Uauy has been awarded an SEB President’s Medal. The medals are awarded annually to young scientists of outstanding merit.

Climate-resilient wheat
January 2014
JIC scientists have discovered that changing temperatures can have a big effect on resistance to yellow rust, one of the most serious diseases of wheat.

Ramularia and the four 'Rs'
January 2014
The gene that has provided spring barley with resistance to powdery mildew for over 30 years increases susceptibility to newly-important disease Ramularia leaf spot.

PhD students in India, Ethiopia and Kenya to fight wheat stripe rust
January 2014
Four PhD students appointed in India, Kenya and Ethiopia, will contribute to £1.4 million research to combat wheat stripe rust. A year of their projects will take place in Norwich or Cambridge, as part of a major international effort to improve crop production in developing countries.

Last call for applications to International Undergraduate Summer School
January 2014
The deadline for applications to the International Undergraduate Summer School, run in partnership between the John Innes Centre, The Sainsbury Laboratory and The Genome Analysis Centre is Sunday 12th January.

New funding puts Norwich at the heart of green technologies
December 2013
With over £5.5 million of funding over five years, researchers at the John Innes Centre and theInstitute of Food Research will help make the UK a world leader in industrial biotechnology.

Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2013
December 2013
On 25th November, all six short-listed authors gave readings and discussed their thoughts with host Dara O’Briain, at Popular Science Book Night, at The Royal Society in London.

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