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Postdoctoral Researcher (Morris Lab)

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


The Morris Lab focuses on information processing in plants, using mathematical and computational modelling, advanced statistics, machine learning and bioinformatics to develop, evaluate and validate hypotheses.

As part of an ERC Synergy Grant between Professor Morris (John Innes Centre), Professor Kehr (Hamburg University) and Professor Kragler (Max Planck Institute in Potsdam), the post holder will develop computational and statistical models of long-distance microRNA and mRNA movement in plants.

The role

Biological information processing: Within this project you will contribute to unravelling RNA-based long-distance communication in plants.

The successful applicant will be involved in research and contribute to computational approaches in the area of plant RNA-protein binding, plant development, signal processing and plant single cell sequencing with respect to intercellular communication based on graft-mobile mRNAs.

The Postdoctoral Researcher will be expected to work with limited supervision to carry out individual and collaborative research, combining approaches from statistics, machine learning and numerical simulations.

The ideal candidate

The ideal candidate will have a PhD (full award or expected within 6 months) or equivalent in computational biology. They will have strong computational expertise in bioinformatics, machine learning, statistics or mathematical modelling. The successful candidate should also have a demonstrated ability to perform research and develop novel ideas as well as a proven record in scientific writing.

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 3 years.

Further information and details of how to apply can be found here, or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or  quoting reference 1003639.

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 20 March 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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