Research Fellow

University of Southampton - Biological Sciences Research / Southampton General Hospital

Interview Date: See advert

Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is associated with increased complications for both mother and child, with children born to mothers with GDM having a heightened risk of obesity and metabolic disease in adulthood. Applications are invited for an experienced Bioinformatics Researcher to join our multidisciplinary group investigating the role of epigenetic processes in mediating the effect of maternal GDM on offspring adiposity and how maternal lifestyle behaviours can modify these epigenetic marks and obesity risk. This post is funded by an award from Diabetes UK.

The University of Southampton, is one of the UK’s top 15 research intensive universities and in the top one per cent of world universities. You will be based at the state-of-the-art Institute of Developmental Sciences Building on the Southampton General Hospital site, which comprises over 100 research scientists with world leading expertise in epigenetics and the developmental origins of health and disease.

You will have a PhD* or equivalent qualifications in bioinformatics or medical informatics, experience with large genome-scale DNA methylation and genotype data analysis and experience of statistical analyses (e.g. t-tests, Mann-Whitney U test, linear regression) to assess associations between methylation /genotype measurements and phenotype. It is anticipated that the post will be taken up in December 2016 and will be available for a fixed term of 2 years and 9 months.

*Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

Informal enquires may be addressed to Professor Karen Lillycrop (

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Sarah Foster (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 5070. Please quote reference 786416BJ on all correspondence.

Please include a covering letter and full CV in your application. You should also arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent directly by your referees to: Prof Karen Lillycrop, Biological Sciences, Mailpoint 887, IDS Building, Southampton General Hospital, Tremona Road, Southampton, SO16 6YD.

Interviews for this position are likely to take place on 4th November 2016.

The University of Southampton and the Centre for Biological Sciences both hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award, demonstrating their commitment to provide equal opportunities and to advance the representation of women in STEM/M subjects: science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine. Biological Sciences is able to provide flexible working opportunities and due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break.

The University has a generous maternity policy, onsite childcare facilities and employees are able to participate in the childcare vouchers scheme. Other benefits include state-of-the-art on-campus sports, arts and culture facilities, a full programme of events and a range of staff discounts.

Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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