Postdoctoral Researcher (Feng Group)

We’re looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join the Feng Group, working on cutting-edge science in the field of epigenetic reprogramming in plant germlines.

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 formerly a BBSRC David Phillips Fellow. Her lab members have opportunities supported by ERC, EMBO and BBSRC for training and networking.

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

The role

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

In addition, they will also carry out the following activities:

  • Prepare results, reports and manuscripts for publication in leading scientific journals
  • Disseminate research findings through presentations to various audiences at national and international meetings
  • Collaborate with experts within the Institute and worldwide in the development of original and world-class research, including contributing to research proposals and grant applications

The ideal candidate

The Feng Lab welcomes scientists who are passionate about epigenetics and germlines to apply.

Candidates should have strong expertise in molecular genetics and possess a proven record in scientific writing. Experience in epigenetic and genomic studies are desirable but not essential.

They should have a PhD (full award or expected within 6 months of applying) in biological sciences or related discipline.

Additional information

Interviews will be held on 22 November 2021.

Further information and details of how to apply can be found here or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or quoting reference 1004123.

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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