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Postdoctoral Researcher (Borrill Group)

We’re looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join the Borrill group to investigate how gene expression is controlled and inherited in polyploid wheat.

The Borrill group aims to understand gene function in wheat to accelerate crop improvement. This goal is complicated by the polyploid nature of the wheat genome, therefore the group seeks to understand the effects of polyploidy on gene expression and phenotype in wheat.

The role

This project will explore the genetic and epigenetic factors that influence the inheritance of homoeolog expression patterns in wheat. This will provide a first step towards being able to manipulate homoeolog expression patterns for crop improvement.

The post holder will design, execute and analyse genomic experiments, although there is scope for molecular biology work.

The candidate will be expected to have expertise in experimental design and statistical analysis; analyse large datasets of next generation sequencing data; develop reproducible pipelines for genomic analyses; prepare the results for and contribute to high quality academic publications; present at national and international academic conferences, and participate in public engagement activities. Furthermore, the candidate will be expected to play a central role in working with other research group members.

The ideal candidate

Candidates should have a PhD in Genomics, Bioinformatics, Plant Biology, Crop Science or related discipline and have demonstrated expertise in genomics and experience handling large datasets. Excellent oral and written communication skills are required, alongside the ability to work both independently and effectively within a team.

Additional information

Interviews will be held on 6 June 2022.

Further information and details of how to apply can be found here or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or quoting reference 1004258.

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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