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Postdoctoral Researcher (Østergaard Group)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join the Østergaard Group at the John Innes Centre.

About the John Innes Centre

The John Innes Centre is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science, genetics and microbiology. We nurture a creative, curiosity led approach to answering fundamental questions in bioscience, and translate that knowledge into societal benefits.

Our employees enjoy access to state-of-the-art technology and a diverse range of specialist training opportunities, including support for leadership and management. Click here to find out more about working at the John Innes Centre.

About the Østergaard Group

The Østergaard group is developing genetic and genomic resources for Brassicaceae research and is using both molecular genetics and functional genomics to study fruit growth.

The role

This post is part of a new direction of the Østergaard laboratory to develop a research programme in developmental genetics in legumes. The aim of the project is to 1) investigate the relationship between variation in pod shape and seed size/number and 2) to identify candidate genes with a role in controlling pea pod morphology.

This post will involve screening of a subset of 250-300 of the MendelSeq pea population for variation in pod shape. In four lines with highly variable pod shape, pod development in will be assessed by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), tissue-staining of cross sections and whole-mount photography of mature pods. The remaining will be assessed with respect to pod length/width and bluntness of distal tip of the pod (an important seed-packaging trait). Genome sequences will be available for the MendelSeq lines and the phenotypic data will be associated with genome sequence to identify candidate genes responsible for variation in pod shape. This analysis will, moreover, be coordinated with measurements of seed number/size/weight to test the relationship between pod shape variation and seed yield.

The ideal candidate

You will have a PhD in plant science and experience with legumes, GWAS and analysis of RNA-Seq datasets. You will also have a demonstrated ability to perform research and develop novel ideas in area of scientific research and proven record in scientific writing.

Additional information

Further information and details of how to apply can be found here or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or quoting reference 1004016.

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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