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Postdoctoral Researcher (Domoney Lab)

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join the Laboratory of Professor Claire Domoney at the John Innes Centre based in Norwich, UK.


Professor Claire Domoney’s laboratory is focussed on understanding the genetic and biochemical control of legume seed composition, using pea as a crop with a wide range of important end uses as well as being relevant to the promotion of sustainable agriculture.

Genetic studies of metabolic processes involved in seed development and maturation are supported by access to an extensive germplasm collection for pea which is curated at JIC. A fast neutron mutagenised population has provided a range of deletion mutants which are deficient in a range of seed proteins. The mutants are being used to understand the metabolic consequences for the seed and make large changes to seed composition.

Professor Domoney provides scientific leadership of legume crop programmes and networks including the Pulse Crop Genetic Improvement Network (Defra PCGIN) and PeaGen (BBSRC LINK). She is involved in networked projects which link legume genetics with human health (CRESTAR and related programmes with Quadram Institute of Biosciences, Norwich & Imperial College London).

Knowledge transfer and provision of tools to industry are important outputs of the group’s research, as well as the provision of training for students at all levels.

The role

The Postdoctoral Researcher will support the study of genetic traits in legumes, chiefly pea. The successful applicant will carry out experiments on genes which impact on legume seed and plant quality traits, making full use of emergent genome sequences and genetic resources for pea in collaboration with bioinformaticians.

The post will underpin core strategic research in pea within a large institute programme on crop quality and contribute to network projects, involving collaborations with other institutions. The post holder will assist with coordinating relevant meetings and project reporting as necessary.

The ideal candidate

The ideal candidate will have a PhD (full award or expected within 6 months) in a Plant Biological Science and knowledge of legume genetics and genomics as well as skills in using crop genetic tools and resources, preferably in legumes. The Postdoctoral Researcher will have a demonstrated ability to perform research and develop novel ideas, proven record in scientific writing and experience of oral research presentations. The successful applicant will have good interpersonal skills and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

Additional information

Salary on appointment will be within the range £31,250 to £38,100 per annum depending on qualifications and experience.  This post is for a contract of 18 months.

Please note, this position does not meet UKVI requirements to sponsor a tier 2 visa.

Interviews will be held on 29 April 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 1003665. Click here for more information about working at the John Innes Centre.

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 16 April 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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