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Postdoctoral Researcher (Ding Group)

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join Dr Dings group at the John Innes Centre to study the role of in vivo RNA structure in diverse RNA biological processes.

About the Ding Group

The Ding lab investigates the role of RNA structure in the post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression including translation, polyadenylation, RNA splicing, RNA stability and RNA processing.

We are also exploring how RNA structure alters in response to environmental changes. We are developing new experimental and analytical approaches for revealing RNA structure and RNA-protein interactions.

We developed novel and powerful platforms to study RNA structure in vivo and across diverse species at both the genome-wide scale and in individual RNAs. These breakthroughs have removed technological barriers and opened up new avenues for RNA biology research. Our lab utilizes multidisciplinary knowledge and approaches in the areas of nucleic acid chemistry, RNA biology and bioinformatics.

The role

The Postdoctoral Researcher will explore the functional roles of RNA structure in diverse RNA biological processes. They will develop novel and advanced RNA structure profiling methods and they will supervise new master/PhD students on their projects.

The post holder will be able to communicate projects with dry-bench lab members in designing and validating RNA structure functionality in plants.

The successful candidate will join a team at JIC working on multiple aspects of experimentation: genome-wide in vivo RNA structure analysis, targeted individual RNA structure characterisation, biological function analysis and corresponding bioinformatics analysis. The details of the group can be found at

The ideal candidate

You will have a PhD (full award or expected within 6 months) or equivalent in Biology or Chemistry. The successful applicant will have an excellent biology or/and chemistry background. Experience in transcriptome study and regulation of gene expression, RNA biology, and plant genetics is desirable but not essential.

The post holder will be provided with opportunities to develop their skills and knowledge through excellent training opportunities in RNA structure and RNA biology.

Additional information

Further information and details of how to apply can be found here, or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450814 or quoting reference 1004465.

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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