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Opportunities to join the Osbourn Lab

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Postdoctoral Research Positions

The Osbourn Lab is looking for outstanding applicants who have or are near completing a PhD in an appropriate discipline (ranging from plant biology and chemistry through to structural and computational biology). If you are a highly motivated scientist who would like to apply innovative approaches to natural product biology then contact us. Please send your curriculum vitae, a list of publications, the names and addresses of three people who can supply recommendations and a covering letter describing your research interests and professional goals to:

Professor Anne Osbourn
Director, Norwich Research Park Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy Alliance
John Innes Centre
Norwich Research Park
Norwich NR4 7UH, UK


The BBSRC Postdoctoral Training and Career Development scheme supports post-doctoral scientists in a period of early or changed career training. The aim of the scheme is to provide new scientists with training in both research and transferable skills, in preparation for the broader requirements of a scientific career in general or in alternative careers either in or outside of the BBSRC.


Research Fellowships

Independent Fellows

The Department of Metabolic Biology and other departments at JIC encourage Independent Research Fellows to consider undertaking their Fellowships at JICe actively (including BBSRC Sir David Phillips, Dorothy Hodgkin, EMBO, HFSP and EU Marie Curie) where they can benefit from our outstanding facilities and excellent research base. 

Incoming Fellowships to the UK from Asia

PhD positions

Outstanding undergraduates should consider joining the 4 year rotation program at the JIC.  See also: Gatsby studentships.

MSc students

JIC is closely affiliated with the Plant Genetics and Crop Improvement MSc program at UEA, and outstanding students are welcome to apply.

For sixth-formers

The Nuffield Placement 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. There are opportunities to engage in various types of projects using a broad range of molecular, biochemical and microscopical techniques. If you are interested in joining the lab send an e-mail to - Please briefly describe your background, major research interests and why you are interested in working in the lab.

Writers and artists

Writers and artists are also very welcome to contact Anne Osbourn to explore opportunities for interdisciplinary interactions.