The John Innes Centre has over 50 active supervisors who are internationally recognised as experts in their fields. Together they have an outstanding publication record of highly-cited papers in high ranking scientific journals many of which involve the work of students in their labs.


Supervisors with funded positions can be viewed under current opportunities. Students with their own funding (e.g. from national governments) who wish to explore the possibilities of joining JIC should first agree a topic of research with a project leader who would act as their primary supervisor. View the research departments listed below to browse the research areas and identify the project leaders you would like to work with:


Biological Chemistry

The Biological Chemistry Department at the John Innes Centre carries out scientific research on molecular processes in plants and microorganisms; we elucidate the structure and function of macromolecules in biological systems.


Cell & Developmental Biology

The Department of Cell & Developmental Biology  looks to reveal how gene activity and external signals are integrated and how their effects unfold from molecular through cellular scales to produce macroscopic plant structures.


Computational & Systems Biology

Members of Computational and Systems Biology use cutting-edge theoretical methods to study a wide variety of biological systems in plants, microbes and beyond.


Crop Genetics

Groups in the Department of Crop Genetics aim to increase our understanding of plant biology and exploit plant biodiversity to enhance crop performance in a sustainable way.


Metabolic Biology

The Metabolic Biology Department at the John Innes Centre carries out research into fundamental aspects of plant metabolism within the broader remit of increasing our knowledge of plant biology.


Molecular Microbiology

We study the biology of free-living and plant-associated soil bacteria, with particular emphasis on Pseudomonas, Azotobacter and Streptomyces.






All students will have a supervisory team who will work together to guide the student through their personal doctorate training. The team is led by a primary and a secondary supervisor both of whom are research active faculty. In addition the student supervisory team may include a senior postdoctoral researcher or research assistant who can bring specific technical expertise and knowledge to the team.

Supervisors meet frequently with their students both informally and formally. Formal meetings with the supervisory team are scheduled three times per annum and these constitute part of the formal process to review the student’s progress.