Postdoctoral Researcher (Penfield Group)

We’re looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join the Penfield Group, working on cutting-edge science in the field of Crop Genetics.

The Penfield group works to understand how weather and climate affect plant reproductive development and seed quality.

They are especially interested in the effects of temperature on crop yields, seed quality and seedling establishment.

Their work uses crop species from the Brassica family, especially oilseed rape (canola) and vegetable Brassicas, as well as model species such as Arabidopsis thaliana.

In this way they aim to understand precise mechanisms by which weather and climate affect crop performance, and consider strategies for increasing crop resilience, for instance using conventional plant breeding or genome editing techniques.

The project aims to understand the molecular mechanisms by which winter warming is affecting reproductive development and yield in winter oilseed rape.

The Postdoctoral Researcher will be based in an interdisciplinary group using cutting edge technologies to understand how changing temperatures affect plant and seed development, and crop performance.

The role

Working as part of a team led by Prof Steve Penfield, you will work on understanding crop yield responses to winter warming.

The post holder will use molecular biology, plant physiology and genomic approaches to plant breeding to further our understanding of the impacts of changing winter temperatures on reproductive development and yield.

In this role, you will have the opportunity to develop your skills in molecular biology, crop science, genomics. You will also work with world leading scientists who are experts in their field.

The ideal candidate

The ideal candidate will have a PhD (full award or expected within six months) or equivalent in plant sciences or related discipline.

You will have knowledge of advanced molecular biology techniques, including chromatin immunoprecipitation and RNA sequencing, and be familiar with genomic approaches to plant science.

Previous experience working with transgenic plants is essential.

Additional information

The post is available for three years in the first instance, with the possibility of further extension.

Informal enquiries are encouraged and can be submitted by email 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  quoting reference 1004125

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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