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Group Leader: Wheat Research

Are you a creative early-career or established researcher with a strong interest in studying wheat?

We are looking for scientists keen to build or bring an exciting long-term independent research program with a focus on wheat to join our dynamic and highly collaborative Crop Genetics Department at the John Innes Centre.

The John Innes Centre has a rich history in wheat research. From our first director William Bateson who coined the term “genetics” to recent step-changes in wheat genomic resources, many of which were led by John Innes Centre researchers. This has made wheat an exciting and accessible experimental system to study fundamental biology with agricultural and social impact.

As the John Innes Centre’s lead wheat researcher Professor Graham Moore states “It is an exciting time to be in wheat research with the step change in biological resources and genomics data now available”.

We welcome researchers at all career stages with a background in any area of plant genetics or genomics or other relevant expertise to join us and continue to push the boundaries to advance this field. Previous experience in wheat or cereal genetics is not essential; much more important is an exciting proposal for a long-term research programme studying wheat.

As an international centre of excellence in plant and microbial science, you will work alongside researchers covering a vast breadth of areas.

We have state-of-the art technology and research platforms that support Group Leaders and their labs across all scientific disciplines, including bioimaging, biomolecular analyses, genomics and bioinformatics, and 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.

We have a vibrant mentoring programme for all career levels, including a program that is specifically tailored to support those starting their independent careers. The collegial environment that we foster at the John Innes Centre encourages strategic input at all levels.

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).

Appointments will be made at any level depending on experience and come with significant support (professional development, research and administrative). Start-up research funding is negotiable.

Click here for further information about working at the John Innes Centre, or contact Human Resources, John Innes Centre Norwich, NR4 7UH, UK, (+44) (0)1603 450149, quoting reference 1003975.

It is proposed that initial interviews will take place in the weeks commencing 8 and 15 March 2021.

We are 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.

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