Project title: "Retaining the Ashes: The potential for ash populations to be restored following the dieback epidemic". Main purpose of the lob: analyse the role of secondary metabolites in the susceptibility of European ash trees to dieback and other stresses. The focus will be firstly on combining transcriptomics with metabolomic data to infer synthetic pathways of compounds of interest, and secondly on combining 'omics' data with results of experiments on pathology and entomology. The researcher will have the opportunity to participate in transcriptomics experiments and in pathology and entomology trials
Applicants should have a PhD in bioinformatics or a related subject. They should have successful experience of transcriptome analysis and statistical analysis of biological data. Knowledge and experience of metabolome analysis, pathology and entomology are desirable, as is practical experience of transcriptomics
John Innes Centre The John Innes Centre is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science and microbiology, carrying out fundamental and strategic research, to train scientists and making our findings available to society. Our research makes use of a wide range of disciplines in the biological and chemical sciences including; cell biology, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics and molecular biology. We pride ourselves on being a welcoming and inclusive working environment for all. We have a diverse and multicultural scientific community and thrive on our European and international links. We are proud to hold a prestigious Athena SWAN Gold award , recognising the impact of our work in promoting gender equality in science. We are also a proud member of the Stonewall Diversity Champion’s programme and, as a Disability Confident employer, guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post. The John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852), limited by guarantee (registered in England No. 511709) and is an Equal Opportunities Employer. Post Details Job Title Postdoctoral Researcher (Biological Data Analysis) Post Number 1003520 Closing Date 1 Oct 2018 Grade sc6 Starting Salary £31,250 - £38,100 Hours per week 37 Project Title Retaining the Ashes: The potential for ash populations to be restored following the dieback epidemic Expected/Ideal Start Date 01 Nov 2018 Months Duration 27 Main Purpose of the Job Analyse the role of secondary metabolites in the susceptibility of European ash trees to dieback and other stresses. The focus will be firstly on combining transcriptomics with metabolomic data to infer synthetic pathways of compounds of interest, and secondly on combining 'omics' data with results of experiments on pathology and entomology. The researcher will have the opportunity to participate in transcriptomics experiments and in pathology and entomology trials. The postdoc will work with limited supervision to conduct this research, and will collaborate closely with other researchers at JIC and other members of the project consortium to plan experiments; help train and supervise junior members of the group; help prepare papers, reports, etc; give presentations at project meetings and at national and international research conferences; and contribution to the effective operation of the research group. Department Crop Genetics The Department of Crop Genetics undertakes fundamental research on the biology of cereals, brassicas and legumes to understand the genetic and molecular basis of phenotypic variation. A major goal is to develop the technologies and knowledge base to provide a predictive framework that will underpin conventional and novel plant breeding strategies. This will enable high-yielding, stress and disease resistant varieties, with a particular end-use quality, suitable for an efficient but benign agriculture. Advert Text Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join the Laboratory of Prof James Brown at the John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK. The project: The goal of our research is to predict the outcome of the current epidemic of ash dieback and to advise landowners, foresters and public bodies on actions they can take to promote the recovery of ash in the UK. This project will investigate a possible trade-off between resistance to the dieback fungus and attack by invertebrate herbivores, mediated by the secondary metabolite content of ash trees. The role: The appointee will analyse the role of secondary metabolites in the susceptibility of ash trees to dieback and other stresses, by combining transcriptomics with metabolomic data to infer synthetic pathways of compounds of interest and by relating 'omics' data to the results of experiments on pathology and entomology. The research will require excellent skills in bioinformatics and statistics, especially applied to 'omics' data. The appointee will have the opportunity to participate in transcriptomics experiments and pathology and entomology trials and will take a leading role in writing up and presenting the research. The work will require close collaboration with partner organisations, other researchers at JIC and a range of stakeholders. This is an exciting opportunity to participate in a multi-disciplinary, multi-institution project which addresses a topical problem of great public interest. The ideal candidate: Applicants should have a PhD in bioinformatics or a related subject. They should have successful experience of transcriptome analysis and statistical analysis of biological data. Knowledge and experience of metabolome analysis, pathology and entomology are desirable, as is practical experience of transcriptomics. Excellent skills in oral and written communication are essential, as are excellent organisational skills and the ability to work effectively as part of a team. Additional information: Salary on appointment will be within the range £31,250 to £38,100 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This post is for a contract of 27 months. We welcome applications from individuals seeking full or part time work. 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. Key Relationships Internal: Line manager, group members and, as necessary, other researchers, research support staff and students across the Institute. External: Collaborators, principally at University of Warwick and NIAB East Malling Research, and also at Norfolk County Council and Forest Research. Main Activities & Responsibilities Percentage Identify, plan and conduct bioinformatic and statistical analysis to meet the objectives of the project 80 Prepare results, reports and papers for publication in scientific journals and other relevant media 10 Disseminate research findings though presentations at project meetings and other internal, national and international meetings 5 Contribute to the smooth running of the group, including supervision and training of visitors and others in the lab, and contributing to research proposals and grant applications 5 As agreed with the line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the post, for example, contributing to the work of Institute committees Education & Qualifications Requirement Importance PhD (full award) or equivalent in bioinformatics or related discipline Essential BSc or equivalent in biology or other relevant subject Essential Specialist Knowledge & Skills Requirement Importance Proficiency in transcriptome analysis Essential Proven skills in effective statistical analysis of biological data Essential Knowledge and preferably experience of metabolome analysis Desirable Knowledge of plant pathology or entomology Desirable Practical experience of transcriptome experiments Desirable Relevant Experience Requirement Importance Demonstrated ability to perform research and develop novel ideas Essential Proven record in scientific writing Essential Experience of oral research presentations Essential Experience of supervising, training and mentoring visitors and students Desirable Interpersonal & Communication Skills Requirement Importance Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, including the ability to present complex information with clarity Essential Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to work as part of a team and to collaborate with external partners Essential Demonstrated ability to work independently, using initiative and problem solving skills, and striving for continuous improvement Essential Excellent time management and organisational skills Essential Additional Requirements Requirement Importance Promotes equality and values diversity Essential Willingness to embrace the expected values of all staff at the Institute, helping to ensure that it is a great place to work and to promote its international reputation Essential Ability to maintain confidentiality and security of information Essential Ability to undertake occasional travel (national and international) related to collaborations or seminars Essential
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