Postdoctoral Research Assistant - Evolutionary Genetics of Marine Phytoplankton

University of Oxford - Department of Plant Sciences

University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford

The Department of Plant Sciences is seeking to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Assistant. This is a 1-year contract financed by the John Fell Fund. This grant is held by Professor Dmitry Filatov and the work is to be conducted in his lab in the Department of Plant Sciences, Oxford. The research topic is ‘Evolutionary genetics of marine phytoplankton’. The postholder on this project will be responsible for evolutionary genetic analysis of high-throughput sequence data from multiple species of mineralising marine phytoplankton and preparation of papers for publication. Most of the data will be available on or soon after the PDRA start date, so it is expected that wet lab work will be minimal and the bulk of the work will be computer-based.

The postholder should have, or be expected to obtain, a PhD or equivalent and publication record in a relevant area (evolutionary genetics/genomics, bioinformatics). Significant experience in population genetic and phylogenetic data analysis. Experience in high-throughput sequence data analysis. High motivation with intellectual curiosity and rigour. Ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks. Ability to manage the day-to-day running of a research project, including supervision of research students (undergraduate or postgraduate). Excellent oral and written communication skills, including ability to present research at national and international symposia. Previous work related to evolutionary genetics of speciation and/or adaptation. Previous work with marine organisms, preferably phytoplankton. Previous experience in palaeontology of marine microfossils. Extensive experience in computational and statistical analysis of biological data. Expert knowledge of one or more scripting or programming languages (e.g. Perl, Python, Ruby, C++ or Java etc.).

Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor Filatov at:

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 28 October 2016.

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