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The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute is a world leader in genomic research, with an expanding scientific programme dedicated to understanding gene function in health & disease.
The Parasite Genomics group uses large-scale sequencing approaches to study parasites associated with diseases of global importance to humans and animals, with a particular emphasis on diseases of developing countries.
Existing projects within the group build on genome sequence data to address scientific questions from population genomics to functional genomics and immunology, and include working on a range of helminth and protozoan parasites in collaboration with experts in particular systems. Specific examples include in-depth comparative genomics of schistosome species, transcriptomic analysis using RNA-seq of the life cycle of a number of nematode parasites as well as a number of de novo genome sequencing projects.
We are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and ambitious postdoctoral fellow to contribute to projects involving the application of high-throughput sequencing technologies to understand the population structure, evolution and epidemiology of a range of eukaryotic parasites. A key aspect of this role will include the analysis of 'next generation sequencing' data in a population genetic framework. The successful candidate will be encouraged to both get involved in existing projects and develop their own interests in related areas, taking advantage of the unparalleled resources and expertise available within the Institute.
- analysis of high-throughput sequencing datasets
- population genetic and statistical analyses
- interpretation of results in their biological context and preparation of manuscripts for publication
- development and validation of novel analytical methods where required
- effective communication and cooperation with collaborators and colleagues
- design of spin-off research projects and follow-up studies
- presentations at international meetings
We are looking for candidates with a strong track record of academic achievement including a relevant degree. Good computational skills and an at least basic working knowledge of statistical analysis are essential. In particular:
- a PhD in a relevant biological subject area
- good scripting/programming skills (e.g. Perl and R)
- experience of bioinformatic analysis of sequence data
- demonstrable experience in population genetics
- experience of nematode, platyhelminth or protozoan parasite biology would be an advantage, as would significant exposure to genomic data and methods.
- good working knowledge of appropriate statistical methods
- demonstrable experience and initiative in developing and leading projects
- strong written and verbal communication skills
- strong track record in publishing scientific work in international peer-reviewed journals
- experience of working with next-generation sequencing data
- experience of working in a Unix environment
- experience of working with helminths or protozoa
- demonstrable good project management and organisational skills.
The Parasite Genomics group is interested in establishing and interrogating the genomes of various unicellular and other parasites to further our understanding of how these organisms live and grow, and in particular of how they affect and interact with their human or animal hosts. In doing so, our ultimate goal is to contribute to the development of new and effective medicines and/or vaccines that eliminate the parasites and cure the diseases they cause
Postdoctoral Fellows are typically in their first or second postdoctoral position as part of a period of early career research training. Successful applicant(s) who have submitted their PhD thesis and are awaiting their PhD award to be confirmed will be placed on a transitional pay point, currently £26,364. On confirmation applicants will be moved on to the pay range above.
The Institute has excellent purpose built facilities on the Genome Campus, Hinxton on the outskirts of Cambridge. We offer a comprehensive range of benefits including a final salary pension scheme and excellent on-site facilities. Further details can be found on our website https://jobs.sanger.ac.uk,
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Salary range is £28,563 to £35,795 per annum dependent on experience.
Closing Date: 31st August 2012