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Computational Research Assistant (Pathogenomics)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Computational Research Assistant to join the Saunders Group, working on cutting-edge science in the field of pathogenomics.

The role

The successful candidate will work with next-generation sequencing datasets to study the notorious wheat stem rust pathogens, which have been associated with crop failures and famine throughout history.

The appointee will contribute to two research projects investigating how these pathogens adapt to infect different cereal hosts from a genomic perspective.

This is a very exciting opportunity for the candidate to join a multidisciplinary research group in the Crop Genetics department at the John Innes Centre to address key questions in pathogen evolution and adaptation.

About the Saunders Group

The Saunders group works on a variety of emerging and re-emerging plant pathogens using a broad array of techniques that include genomics, transcriptomics, data mining, molecular genetics, biochemistry, plant pathology and cell biology to improve our understanding of the molecular mechanisms at the plant pathogen interface.

The ideal candidate

You will have a degree in biology, computer science, bioinformatics or similar subject. You will have in-depth knowledge of computer programming and demonstrated ability to work independently, using initiative and applying problem solving skills.

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. Find out more about working at the John Innes Centre.

Additional information

Note, this post does not meet UKVI requirements to provide Tier 2 visa sponsorship.

Further information and details of how to apply can be fund here or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or  quoting reference 1003895.

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.

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

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