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Jobs and Studentship Opportunities at the John Innes Centre


JIC offers a wonderful environment for study. You have the opportunity to work alongside World-leading experts in the area of Plant Science & Microbiology.

Prof Mike Merrick - Chair of JIC/SL Graduate Studies Committee


Frontiers in Plant Research

6th - 9th July 2014

Workshop for Early Career Scientists

If you're thinking of starting, or have recently started, a plant research group, and wish to discuss the latest research developments, aspirations and problems with like-minded colleagues then this international workshop is for you.

The workshop covers molecular, cellular, developmental, population, synthetic and computational approaches.

Application deadline 31st March 2014.

Click here to apply

Training and Career Opportunities

As a centre of excellence in plant and microbial science research the John Innes Centre is always seeking to attract, train and retain high quality staff. Our staff include not only scientists and students but also workers in a diverse range of other disciplines.

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Research group leaders who are at early stages of their careers are recruited to a Tenure-track Project Leader position, as part of the Junior Faculty at JIC. The Tenure-track Project Leaders receive mentoring and training to support their career development.

Fellowship Opportunities

Fellowship Opportunities 

The Career Progression Fellowship

The JIC Career Progression Fellowship Scheme offers an opportunity for outstanding JIC postdoctoral researchers to develop as independent researchers for up to 2 years with the view to securing a BBSRC David Phillips Fellowship, Royal Society Research Fellowship or similar Independent Fellowship as a critical step in developing a career as a research group leader.

Five-year Independent Research Fellowships

JIC welcomes expressions of interest from scientists who would like to apply for five-year, Independent Research Fellowships (BBSRC David Phillips, Royal Society) to be hosted at JIC. In support of this JIC holds an annual Independent Fellows Day targeted specifically at scientists interested in the five-year fellowship programmes, considering both new applications and the transfer of existing Fellowships to JIC. Details of this are advertised externally and on this web site.


Postdoctoral Opportunities 

JIC constantly recruits postdoctoral researchers to its science programme and offers opportunities for postdoctoral research in many different disciplines.

Many of our early-career scientists participate in the JIC Postdoctoral Training Scheme as Postdoctoral Training Fellows (PDTFs). This scheme operates under the BBSRC’s Postdoctoral Training and Career Development scheme.

Through the JIC Postdoctoral Training Scheme we aim to enhance and enrich the research experience so that PDTFs become stronger, more competitive candidates for future career positions. 

Current opportunities for postdoctoral employment at JIC can be found on our vacancies website -


Postgraduate Opportunities

The JIC offers a wide range of postgraduate opportunities for students including M.Sc. courses run in conjunction with the University of East Anglia, and PhD studentships in a variety of research areas.


Undergraduate Opportunities

The International Undergraduate Summer School will host 15 students for 8 weeks.

Additional opportunities to gain experience of working in the research environment are still available through our Vacation Bursary scheme.

Opportunities for Schools

The JIC offers a wide range of educational opportunities including work experience, visits, workshops and mentoring.

Our insight days include Health and Safety, Microscopy, Genetic Modification, DNA and genetics.

In 2014 we will run the third annual Year 10 Science Camp, a 5 day scheme incorporating work experience in laboratories

Inside Science is a 3 day workshop for gifted and talented students that has been running for four years.

Our Nuffield Research Placements Scheme provides local sixth formers with a four-week vacation placement as an opportunity to gain direct experience of research on the Norwich Research Park.

The John Innes centre is also the home of the acclaimed Teacher Scientist Network (TSN).

Collaboration between science, art and writing to enhance the educational experience has been developed through the SAW trust (SAW).

Work experience for school pupils

Students who are interested in work experience at the John Innes Centre are encouraged to apply for either a place on the week-long non-residential Year 10 Science Camp or on the Inside Science programme for gifted and talented students.

Details of both of these programmes are available by clicking here.

The John Innes Centre does not have an institute-wide system for ad-hoc work experience.

Further details.....

See also:

The Chris Lamb Training Suite

The Chris Lamb Training Suite

This facility provides a resource for integrated training in multidisciplinary biology through a wet laboratory, IT suite/lecture theatre, and discussion/breakout areas including a small garden area.

It is used for shorter courses and longer workshops, and provides a base for the Undergraduate Studentship Programme. It also supports broader training and staff development activities.