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Postdoctoral Researcher (Penfield Lab)

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join the Laboratory of Professor Steven Penfield.


The Penfield group works to understand how weather and climate affect plant reproductive development and seed quality. They are especially interested in the effects of temperature on crop yields, seed quality and seedling establishment.

The role

The post holder will assess suitable winter annual Arabidopsis lines as model systems for understanding the genetics of winter oilseed rape reproductive development.

The work will involve creating mutant and double mutant lines in a winter annual background and analysis of reporter gene expression under realistic winter annual environmental conditions.

The ideal candidate

The ideal candidate will have a PhD in plant science or equivalent experience. They will have an understanding of the use of reported genes, previous experience with Luciferase reporters and basic data management skills. The post holder should also have previous experience with plant genetics and Arabidopsis or winter annual crops.

Additional information

Salary on appointment will be within the range £31,250 to £38,100 per annum depending on qualifications and experience.  This is a full time post for a contract of 6 months, ideally starting on 1st June 2019.

Further information and details of how to apply can be found here, or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or  quoting reference 14540. More information about working at the John Innes Centre can be found here.

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

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Professor Steven Penfield by email.

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. The John Innes Centre is also proud to hold a Gold Award from Athena SWAN and is a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme.

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