JIF Internship in Plant Data Science
Post Details
Job Title
JIF Internship in Plant Data Science
Post Number
1004607
Closing Date
20 Mar 2024
Grade
SC9
Starting Salary
£21,000
Hours per week
37
Project Title
John Innes Foundation Internship in Data-Driven Plant Science
Expected/Ideal Start Date
03 Jun 2024
Months Duration
12
Interview Date
08 Apr 2024

Job Description

Main Purpose of the Job

The accessibility of water and nutrients for plants is becoming a challenge for the further development of sustainable agriculture in the context of climate change. The engineering of root architectures can facilitate the adaptation of plants to the fast change of climate. As a first test case, we will engineer A. thaliana with deeper root architecture to reach deeper sources of water using synthetic biology technology (here mainly integrases).

In time, we will engineer root architectures to adapt to various environmental conditions such as soil stratum of different compositions, or extreme climate events. The successful candidate will be trained in molecular biology techniques used to engineer plants and will be responsible for accurately recording experiments and data analysis.

Key Relationships

The post-holder will be embedded within the Guiziou and Patron groups, working with team members, as well as across other faculty groups as appropriate for the project and skills development. The post-holder will work closely with the JIF PhD cohort.

Main Activities & Responsibilities

Percentage
Construct and characterise A. thaliana lines with tuneable root architectures
45
Develop transferable synthetic biology and plant biology skills that will allow the post holder to start a career in plant and/or synthetic biology research
45
Attend talks and seminars, contribute to lab meetings and other activities as agreed with line manager
5
Contribute and engage with the student community at the Earlham Institute
5
As agreed with line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the role

Person Profile

Education & Qualifications

Requirement
Importance
Completed or expect to complete undergraduate degree in biology, bioengineering, or biochemistry prior to commencing internship
Essential

Specialist Knowledge & Skills

Requirement
Importance
Evidence of significant academic achievement
Essential
Interest in plant biology
Desirable
Interest in synthetic biology or engineering
Desirable

Relevant Experience

Requirement
Importance
Experience in managing multiple pieces of work to different and tight deadlines
Essential
Experience in basic molecular biology techniques
Desirable

Interpersonal & Communication Skills

Requirement
Importance
Ability to work independently and prioritise own workload
Essential
Good communication skills, both written and verbal
Essential
Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to work well as part of a team
Essential

Additional Requirements

Requirement
Importance
Attention to detail
Essential
Willingness to embrace the expected values and behaviours of all staff at the Institute, ensuring it is a great place to work
Essential
Able to present a positive image of self and the Institute, promoting both the international reputation and public engagement aims of the Institute
Essential
Willingness to work outside standard working hours when required
Essential
Promotes equality and values diversity
Essential
Demonstrate how this internship contributes to start and develop the candidate’s future career in data-driven plant biology
Essential

Who We Are

Earlham Institute

About the Earlham Institute
The Earlham Institute is a hub of life science research, training, and innovation focused on understanding the natural world through the lens of genomics.

We are building a future where the biology of any organism can be understood by analysing its genome. Our mission is to decode the scale and complexity of living systems so we can understand, benefit from, and protect life on Earth.

The Earlham Institute is based on the Norwich Research Park and is one of eight institutes that receive strategic funding from the UKRI Biotechnology and Biological Science Research Council (BBSRC).

Our Science
Earlham Institute scientists specialise in developing and testing the latest tools and approaches needed to decode living systems and make predictions about biology.

We are home to state-of-the-art facilities and technology, creating a unique combination of expertise and infrastructure. We have dedicated laboratories for genome sequencing, single-cell analysis, engineering biology, and large-scale automation; as well as one of the largest supercomputing facilities for life science research in Europe. Our Advanced Training team also provides access to specialised scientific training to upskill the next generation of research and technical staff.

Our Culture
The Earlham Institute champions 'team science'. Our collegiate and innovative research environment comes with significant support, including a commitment to your professional development, research and administrative assistance, and opportunities to build collaborations with scientists and industry on the Norwich Research Park, across the UK, and internationally.

The Institute is also home to talented technical and operational staff, whose invaluable contributions enable our science to have the maximum impact. We aim to recognise, reward, and develop all staff and students so that every individual feels able to achieve their best with us.

We work hard to nurture an engaged and positive workplace, centred on core values that include openness, technical excellence, and collaboration. We attract staff from around the world who contribute to - and benefit from - an environment that enables them to deliver world-class science alongside a supportive and social community.

For more information about working at the Earlham Institute, please click here.

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    Group Details

    The Predoctoral Intern will join the Engineering Biology group at the Earlham Institute, particularly the group composed of members of Patron group and of the nascent Guiziou group. The Guiziou group aims to elucidate and engineer plant development and plant-microbe interactions for sustainable agriculture. The group’s research fits into the Earlham institute’s scientific focus on engineering biology. The intern’s research will contribute to one of the group’s projects on engineering plant root architecture using integrase-based technology. 
     

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    JIF Internship in Plant Data Science

    Applications are invited for a Predoctoral Intern to join the Laboratory of Dr Sarah Guiziou in the Research Faculty of the Earlham Institute, based in Norwich, UK.

    Background:

    The Predoctoral Intern will join the Engineering Biology group at the Earlham Institute, particularly the group composed of members of Patron group and of the nascent Guiziou group.

    The Guiziou group aims to elucidate and engineer plant development and plant-microbe interactions for sustainable agriculture. The group’s research fits into the Earlham institute’s scientific focus on engineering biology. The intern’s research will contribute to one of the group’s projects on engineering plant root architecture using integrase-based technology. 

    The role:

    The intern will work on the engineering of root architectures in A. thaliana using integrase-based technology to facilitate the adaptation of plants to the fast change of climate. They will receive training in both plant biology and synthetic biology, therefore the role is open to those early in their careers.

    The post holder will be provided with bespoke training from Earlham Institute’s research faculty, will fully engage in our research environment, and will have access to core skills training, and all scientific facilities (e.g. biofoundry and glasshouse).

    The ideal candidate:

    We are seeking to recruit a Predoctoral Intern in data-driven plant bioinformatics to join our cohort of PhD students and interns at the Earlham Institute. Applications are encouraged from undergraduate or masters students who have completed or expect to complete an undergraduate degree in biology, bioengineering, or biochemistry prior to commencing internship.

    The ideal candidate will have a keen interest in plant biology and synthetic biology or engineering and will have experience in managing multiple pieces of work to competing deadlines. Experience in basic molecular biology techniques would be advantageous, but is not essential.

    On submission of application, we encourage candidates to highlight how this internship will particularly contribute to start and develop their future career in data-driven plant biology.

    Additional information:

    Salary on appointment will be within the range £21,000 per annum. The internship is available full-time for twelve months.

    Interviews will be held on 8 April 2024.

    Please note, this post does not meet UKVI requirements to provide visa sponsorship.

    For further information and details of how to apply, please visit our website http://jobs.earlham.ac.uk/ or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450814 or nbi.recruitment@nbi.ac.uk quoting reference 1004607.

    As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy.

    The closing date for applications will be 20 March 2024.