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Postdoctoral Researcher

The John Innes Centre (JIC)
Norwich, Norfolk (GB)
£35,300 - £43,750 per annum depending on qualifications and experience
Closing date
1 Mar 2024

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Life Science
Job Type
Employment - Hours
Full time
Fixed term

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join the Charpentier Group at the John Innes Centre, working on cutting-edge science in the field of Cell and Developmental Biology.

About the John Innes Centre:

The John Innes Centre is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant and microbial sciences. We nurture a creative, curiosity-led approach to answering fundamental questions in bioscience, and translate that knowledge into societal benefits. Our strategic vision, Healthy Plants, Healthy People, Healthy Planet, sets out our ambitious long-term goals for the game changing impact of our science globally. 

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 Charpentier Group:

The Charpentier group focus on understanding the signalling network controlling endosymbiotic interactions between soil microbes and crops to achieve higher crop yields with less fertilizers use. The overall aim of the project is to characterize a key novel signaling process that enabled arbuscular mycorrhiza and nitrogen fixing bacteria to colonize plants.

The role:

Working as part of a team led by Dr. Myriam Charpentier you will expand on the recent discovery of a novel positive regulator of endosymbioses signaling. The successful applicant will be able to creatively explore the function of this regulator at the interface of both arbuscular mycorrhiza and nitrogen fixing bacteria colonization. They will benefit from a highly interdisciplinary and international environment, with outstanding institutional support, and will have opportunity to develop technical skills in cell biology and crystallography.

The ideal candidate:

You will have or be close to finishing a PhD in plant microbe interactions, plant signaling, or plant proteomics. Previous experience in standard molecular technics (e.g. GoldenGate, genome editing) and proteomics (e.g. co-IP, LC-MS/MS, ITC) is essential, proficiency in microscopy analysis would be advantageous but is not essential.

The post holder will work in a collegial, multidisciplinary, and interactive team. The candidate will assist in the supervision of students, deliver seminars, and be involved in writing up the research, therefore good communication and writing skills are essential.  

Additional information:

This position is available with immediate effect and is for a contract of 24 months initially with possibility of extension. Applicants are invited to apply with their CV and a short cover letter explaining their motivation and interest to work on signaling mechanism of root legume endosymbioses.

Interviews will be held on 27 February 2024.

For further information and details of how to apply, please visit our website or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450814 or quoting reference 1004586 . This role meets the criteria for a visa application, and we encourage all qualified candidates to apply.  Please contact the Human Resources Team if you have any questions regarding your application or visa options.

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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