Senior Research Fellow in Ancient Pathogen Metagenomics (78566-096)

University of Warwick - Warwick Medical School

Biomedical Sciences

Microbiology and Infection

Fixed term contract for 4 years 6 months

This fellowship is associated with a five year £2M Wellcome Trust Investigator award to Professor Mark Achtman (WMS) to determine How old are bacterial pathogens, and what evolutionary steps have they undergone?. The research fellow will play a key role in the analysis and interpretation of ancient DNA metagenomes as well as genomes from extant Salmonella enterica generated through this project. Ancient DNA has huge potential to shed light on the evolution of pathogens. During the course of the project we will be generating hundreds of DNA metagenomes from ancient human and animal remains, and sequencing many thousands of genomes from modern pathogens. This unique data set will allow us to paint a historical picture of the evolution of bacterial pathogens.

Analysing this data will, however, require the development of novel pipelines and their interaction with large databases, which are the responsibility of the successful candidate. The candidate will integrate these pipelines and methodologies into EnteroBase, and use them for analyses. The candidate will also develop novel algorithms for metagenomic analyses and phylogenetics. The candidate will further be responsible for publishing the results in journals as well at conferences, and in obtaining research funding for additional projects.

The ideal candidate will have a background in computational biology or a related discipline such as bioinformatics. The person should have a first degree in natural sciences or engineering and hold a PhD in a relevant field. Expertise in data analysis is essential as is applied experience, as evidenced by high quality publications, in a related area.

Enquiries regarding the position are welcome at any time but the closing date for applications is 30 0ctober 2016 for a start date of 1st March 2017. Applications should be through the University of Warwick website and enquiries sent to Prof. Mark Achtman (

Full details of the duties and selection criteria for this role can be found in the vacancy advert on the University of Warwick’s jobs pages. You will be routed to this when you click on the Apply button below.

Start date: 1 March 2017

Closing date: 30 October 2016

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