Group Leader in Plant Ecology

Group Leader in Plant Ecology

The John Innes Centre (JIC) invites applications for a research fellowship in Plant Ecology. This is a new post, established with support from the John Innes Foundation. Interested applicants are invited to submit a relevant research proposal, particularly related to the understanding of mechanisms of climate adaptation, exploiting genetics, natural variation and genome and mutational analysis. However, other proposals in the field of Plant Ecology will also be considered.

The successful applicant will be offered immediate tenure, or for applicants with less experience, a five-year post in the first instance, with tenure subject to review.

The successful applicant will also receive substantial support in the form of a research assistant, laboratory support and access to the cutting-edge technology platforms at JIC. These state-of-the art technology platforms support Group Leaders and their labs across all scientific disciplines, including bioimaging, biomolecular analyses, genomics and bioinformatics, as well as field, horticultural and (quarantine) entomology services. We also have a new purpose-built 110-hectare field experimentation station, bringing together labs and field research in one location.

You will work alongside researchers covering a vast breadth of areas. The collegial environment that we foster at JIC encourages strategic input at all levels and appointments  come with significant support (professional development, research and administrative). Start-up research funding is negotiable.

Interested applicants are invited to submit a description of (i) current research activities and (ii) short and longer-term research aims and potential strategic goals (each ~2-3 pages). Please combine this with your CV together with a cover letter stating what motivates you to apply for a Group Leader position at JIC and submit this by Friday 23rd December 2022.

For further information please contact Human Resources, John Innes Centre, Norwich, NR4 7UH, UK, (+44) (0)1603 450149 or It is proposed that interviews will take place early in 2023.

JIC is committed to equality of opportunity for all employees and will consider applications on the criteria above regardless of gender, ethnicity or other personal characteristics, beliefs and backgrounds. The Institute holds a prestigious Athena SWAN Gold award in recognition of our inclusive culture, commitment and good practices towards advancing of gender equality. We are also a Disability Confident Employer and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.  We offer an exciting, stimulating, diverse research environment and actively promote a family friendly workplace. We welcome applications from candidates seeking full-time, part-time or other flexible working arrangements.

We strongly encourage applications from women and ethnic minorities.

The closing date for applications will be Friday 23 December 2022.

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

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