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Postdoctoral Researcher (Pre-breeding Project Manager)

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


The Penfield group works to understand how weather and climate change affects plants reproduction, including effects on seed yield and seed quality.

The role

This new and exciting position is available to manage a winter oilseed rape pre-breeding programme. Capitalising on recent research in the laboratory you will oversee a programme of marker discovery and population development aimed at designing more resilient high yielding varieties.

The ideal candidate

The ideal candidate will have previous experience in crop genetics, use of markers in breeding and/or cultivation and genetic analysis of oilseed rape, with excellent project management skills. Experience of complex crop science or plant breeding projects is highly desirable.

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 12 months with the possibility of extension subject to receipt of further funding.

The position is available part time at up to 60% FTE and can accommodate flexible working patterns within the framework of the project.

Note, this post does not meet UKVI requirements to provide Tier 2 visa sponsorship.

Further information and details of how to apply can be found here or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or  quoting reference 1003843.

Informal enquiries are welcome and can be directed to Professor Steven Penfield.

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 29 January 2020.  

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

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