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Postdoctoral Researcher (Balk and Domoney Groups)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join the Biochemistry and Metabolism department at the John Innes Centre.

The role

The John Innes Centre holds the UK collection of pea genetic material, and several research groups on site are actively exploring this resource for genes and traits of interest.

Funding from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) will support a Postdoctoral Researcher to identify genetic variation underlying the nutritionally important traits of protein composition, resistant starch and mineral micronutrients.

The main purpose of this role is to carry out research activities related to the identification and utilisation of genetic variation for nutritional traits in the seeds of UK pulse crops, including regular reporting and writing the final report.

On a day-to-day basis, the postholder will use quantitative methods to measure the levels of amino acids, resistant starch, iron, zinc and phytate, and identify genome regions or genes associated with variation in these nutrients using bioinformatics.

In this role, you will have the opportunity to develop your skills in quantitative analysis, bioinformatics and plant biology. You will also work with world leading scientists who are experts in their field.

Our employees enjoy access to state-of-the-art technology and a diverse range of specialist training opportunities, including support for leadership and management. Click here to find out more about working at the John Innes Centre.

The ideal candidate

You will have a PhD in Biology, Biochemistry or a similar subject. You will have excellent analytical biochemistry skills, a good foundation in bioinformatics and demonstrable experience of working independently to perform research.

Additional information

Further information and details of how to apply can be found here, or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or  quoting reference 1004028.

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.

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