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Postdoctoral Researcher (Feng Group)

The laboratory of Dr Xiaoqi Feng at the John Innes Centre is seeking a talented postdoctoral scientist to investigate the epigenetic regulation of germline development, as part of an exciting project funded by ERC.

The Feng Laboratory

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 John Innes Centre is an internationally-renowned plant biology research institute housing many world-leading scientists and featuring state-of-the-art infrastructure. The postdoc 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. John Innes Centre is situated at Norwich, which is a beautiful and lively city with a lot of arts and history, and a great place to live.

The role

The postdoc will investigate the mechanisms underlying germline chromatin reconfigurations using a combination of genetics, epigenomics, imaging and developmental biology 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 colleagues within the Institute 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/or germlines to apply. Candidates should have skills in genetics and molecular biology, and possess a proven record in scientific writing. They should have a PhD (full award or expected within 6 months of applying) in a life sciences subject.

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 fulltime post for a period of 2 years in the first instance, with the possibility of extension.

Further information and details of how to apply can be found here or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or  quoting reference 1003580. Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Xiaoqi Feng at

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.

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