Postdoctoral Fellow - Vertebrate Genomes

Cambridge, England
GBP30655 - GBP38428 per annum + excellent benefits
Oct 18, 2016
Nov 15, 2016
The Institute
Result Type
Position Type
Full Time

Salary range: £30655 to £38428 per annum plus excellent benefits.

Fixed-term for 3 years

This is an opportunity for an outstanding postdoctoral scientist to play a key role in our new vertebrate genome diversity project, with a specific focus on the teleost fish radiation. This takes advantage of novel long range sequencing technologies, which now enable us to generate high quality de novo reference genome sequences efficiently. In affiliation with the international Genome 10K consortium, we plan to sequence hundreds and ultimately thousands of evolutionarily diverse genomes and study their functional variation. Teleost fish include approximately half of all vertebrate species, dominate the complete range of fresh and salt water environments, and contain many understudied examples of adaptive radiations. This project complements our ongoing efforts to develop Cas9/CRISPR genome editing to test hypothesis about genome evolution in selected fish species.

The post holder will be responsible for the laboratory side of the project at the Sanger Institute, and play a substantial role in the design, sequencing, analysis and publication of a multi-species comparative sequencing project within the vertebrate genomes project.

Essential Skills

  • A PhD in a relevant biological discipline
  • Strong experience in molecular biology techniques
  • Exceptional organisational and communication skills
  • Strong interest in evolutionary genomics studies

Ideal Skills

  • Knowledge of fish biology and evolution
  • DNA and RNA sequence library preparation
  • Experience in whole genome sequencing

Other information

The Sanger Institute is a charitably funded research centre focused on understanding the role of genetics in health and disease. We use state of the art large-scale genomic approaches to drive world-leading projects to uncover the basis of genetic and infectious disease. Our goal is to provide results that can be translated into diagnostics, treatments or therapies that reduce global health burdens.

The Institute is located near Cambridge, UK on the stunning Wellcome Genome Campus. This growing and dynamic site is the British hub of genomic science. It hosts the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), Open Targets, a Biodata Innovation Centre and will soon host Genomics England Limited's 100,000 Genomes Sequencing Centre. The Campus is also home to the Wellcome Genome Campus Courses, Conferences and Public Engagement (CCPE) programme. The CCPE programme delivers training and engagement focussed around genomics, its applications, and implications. Its vision is to inspire a range of audiences both on the Campus and beyond it, and make the world of genomics open and accessible to all.

To help researchers to develop their skills and networks, the Institute hosts a range of scientific seminars with internal and invited speakers, scientific group meetings and skills development workshops. In addition the Campus is home to the Wellcome Trust Advanced Course and Scientific Conferences programme and the Wellcome Trust Conference Centre.

Our Benefits include: Defined Contribution Pension Scheme, Group Income Protection, Healthcare scheme, Childcare Vouchers, Workplace Nursery and 25 days Annual Leave, increasing by one day per year up to a maximum of 30, plus Bank Holidays. We also have a gym, two cafes, dining facilities, and a free campus bus service. Our thriving Sports and Social Club provides many opportunities to meet with people working across the campus.

Please include a covering letter and CV with your application.

Closing date for applications: 15th November 2016, however applications will be considered and reviewed on an on-going basis and therefore the post may be filled before the deadline.