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Postdoctoral Researcher in Bioinformatics and Modelling (Penfield Group)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join the Penfield Group, working in the field of molecular genomic characterisation of reproductive traits in Brassica napus.

The Postdoctoral Researcher will be interested in applying modern genomic techniques to understand the effect of temperature and climate change on plant reproductive development.

The post-holder will use their skills in bioinformatics and programming to score haplotypes form short read sequence data and combine this will tissue specific trancriptome data and gene network models to explain variation in reproductive traits in oilseed rape. After building a trait database from existing data you will predict the basis of trait variation using statistical modelling.

The successful applicant will join a strong group working to understand the biology underlying the effects of winter temperature variation and climate change on plant reproduction and yield.

The applicant will work closely between the groups of Steven Penfield, Richard Morris and Lars Ostergaard in a large collaborative project, exploiting large datasets to understand the basis of variation in brassica reproductive traits.

The ideal candidate

The successful applicant will have a PhD (full award or expected within 6 months) or equivalent in Plant Science, Bioinformatics or computational modelling and previous experience in bioinformatics, programming using Python or R and an understanding of plant or crop science.

Additional information

The post is available from 1st June 2021 initially for 6 months with the prospect of extension to 1 year pending permission from the funder. Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor Steven Penfield.

Further information and details of how to apply can be found here or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or nbi.recruitment@nbi.ac.uk  quoting reference 1004035.

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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