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Postdoctoral Researcher (Morris Group)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join the Professor Richard Morris Group looking at the impact of climate change on agriculture.

Plants adapt to their environment.

In order to do so they continuously monitor their surroundings and encode relevant information into cellular signals which are used to trigger appropriate responses.

The Morris lab are interested in how plants carry out this information processing to guide their responses to external challenges. They develop and use computational approaches (mathematical modelling, machine learning, bioinformatics) to analyse these processes.

The role

We are seeking a computational biologist with experience in crop modelling and data science.

The Postdoctoral Researcher will join us as part of a collaborative project funded by the Alan Turing Institute to work within its AI for Science and Government programme. This post is an appointment to the Environment and Sustainability cross-theme project specifically, the ‘Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture’ work package.

The Postdoctoral Researcher will investigate applications of machine learning to model the impact of climate change on food security.

They will be integrated into an interdisciplinary team at the Turing and also work closely with research groups at the John Innes Centre, The Alan Turing Institute, Rothamsted Research, and the University of Exeter.

This part of the project will focus on plant responses to changing temperatures and in particular how different genotypes may be differentially affected and will study the important crop Brassica napus (canola, rapeseed).

The ideal candidate

You will have a PhD (full award or expected within 6 months) or equivalent in in computational biology or biomathematical modelling or related discipline.

You will have knowledge of computational (plant) biology, scientific programming, crop modelling or modelling of flowering time, and statistics as well as demonstrated ability to perform research and develop novel ideas.

Applications are particularly welcome from candidates whose prior research has a strong computational focus, ideally on plants/crops.

Additional information

Interviews will be held on 16 December 2021.

Further information and details of how to apply can be found here or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or  quoting reference 1004142.

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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