Postdoctoral Researcher:Visa sponsorship

John Innes Centre


An exciting opportunity has arisen in the laboratory of Professor Antony Dodd for a Postdoctoral Researcher to investigate interactions between circadian rhythms and environmental conditions that influence to plant development under natural conditions, using AI approaches.

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 Dodd Group:

This project is based in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology and the Department of Computational and Systems Biology at John Innes Centre.

The Dodd group focuses on how circadian rhythms adapt plants and microorganisms to their fluctuating environments. Circadian rhythms are self-sustaining biological cycles with a period of about 24 h, that provide a biological measure of time. In plants, circadian regulation has key roles in the control of metabolism, physiology and development that are crucial for ecology and agriculture. The project is embedded within and exciting international collaboration with Professor Hiroshi Kudoh from Kyoto University in Japan.

The JIC Informatics team’s mission is to provide excellent support in data science and bioinformatics. We lead or join research projects that involve large datasets, adopting pioneering and novel approaches within bioinformatics and scientific computing.

The role:

The project will focus on understanding the role of circadian regulation in plant growth and development under natural conditions. This is important because circadian regulation in plants impacts a variety of traits that are crucial for agriculture, including seasonal flowering, growth, and development. The project will use AI approaches to study gene expression programmes and their robustness in naturally fluctuating conditions. You will work within an inclusive environment to gain new skills and training in applying AI approaches to well-curated datasets, collected over decades, to obtain new biological insights that can be translated into agriculture.

This project is based in the JIC Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, working closely with Dr Pirita Paajanen in the JIC Department of Computational and Systems Biology, and in collaboration with Professor Hiroshi Kudoh at Kyoto University.

The ideal candidate:

You will have a PhD in Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, Biology, or a related discipline. You will have in-depth knowledge of computational analysis and management of biological data, and the ability to understand the key features of biological problems that are amenable to computational approaches. The post holder will have demonstrable experience in the successful preparation of scientific publications and experience of working with large-scale real-world datasets.

Previous knowledge in statistics and experience with AI methods, techniques, tools, and application is highly desirable.

Additional information:

Interviews will be held on 20 June 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 1004674. 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.

**Please note CVs received directly from Indeed will not be considered. Only applications submitted on the above website will be accepted**

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.

Job Types: Full-time, Temporary contract
Contract length: 18 months

Pay: £35,300.00-£43,750.00 per year


  • Company pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Health & wellbeing programme
  • On-site parking
  • UK visa sponsorship


  • Monday to Friday

Work Location: In person

Application deadline: 09/06/2024
Reference ID: 1004674

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