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Postdoctoral Researcher (Feng group)

The Laboratory of Dr Xiaoqi Feng is seeking a talented Postdoctoral Researcher to investigate the epigenetic regulation of germline development, as part of an exciting project funded by ERC.


The Feng Laboratory uses the Arabidopsis male germline as a model system to study the mechanisms underlying germline epigenetic reprogramming.

The ease of cell isolation, tolerance of Arabidopsis for epigenetic mutations, and the conservation in epigenetic machineries between plants and animals makes the Arabidopsis male germline a uniquely powerful model for understanding germline epigenetics.

Dr Feng is an EMBO Young Investigator and BBSRC David Phillips Fellow. Her lab members have opportunities supported by EMBO, BBSRC and ERC for training and networking.

The role

The Postdoctoral Researcher will investigate the mechanisms underlying germline chromatin reconfigurations using a combination of bioinformatics, genetics, epigenomics, imaging and developmental biology approaches.

The Postdoctoral Researcher will benefit from the training in the Feng lab, various programs available at the John Innes Centre, and interactions with scientists in the John Innes Centre and the closely associated Sainsbury Laboratory and Quadram Institute Bioscience.

The ideal candidate

The ideal candidate will have a PhD in Biological Sciences and good knowledge of epigenetics and genetics. Applicants should have skills in molecular biology and bioinformatics along with experience in performing single-cell experiments and data analysis. Skills in biochemistry and microscopy are desirable.

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 18 months.

Interviews will be held on 29 July 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 1003717.

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.

The closing date for applications will be 22 July 2019.

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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