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Postdoctoral Researcher (Penfield Lab)

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join the Laboratory of Professor Steven Penfield.


The Penfield group works to understand how temperature regulates plant reproductive development, with a focus on the development of seed yield and seed dormancy traits. The group combines work in Arabidopsis with Brassica crops, using techniques from basic molecular biology and genetics through to biological modelling.

The role

The post holder will study the maternal control of seed dormancy in Arabidopsis. The post holder will apply a host of tissue-specific molecular techniques to study dormancy control, including FACS, chromatin immunoprecipitation and genomics technologies.

The ideal candidate

The ideal candidate would have previous experience working with plant molecular biology, plant genetics, transgenic plants, and have an interest in plant reproductive development, seed biology or related subjects.

Additional information

Salary on appointment will be within the range £31,625 to £38,575 per annum depending on qualifications and experience.  This post is for a contract of 2 years. Informal enquiries by email are welcome from interested candidates.

The closing date for applications will be 8 October 2019.  

We welcome applications from candidates seeking job-share, part-time or other flexible working arrangements.

Interviews will be held on 28 October 2019.

Further information and details of how to apply can be found here or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or  quoting reference 1003780.

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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 John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852) grant-aided by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.

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