Research Associate in Computational Genomics

The University of Manchester - Science and Engineering

Closing Date : 05/12/2016.
Employment Type : Fixed Term.
Duration : from 1st January 2017 to 30 December 2018.
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering.
School/Directorate : School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering.
Division : 
Hours Per week : 1.
Salary : £31,076 to £38,183 per annum.
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester.
Job Reference : S&E-09130.

We are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated Research Associate who will develop models for the spread of agriculture in Europe that integrate datasets that have not previously been considered together. These datasets include: phylogeographical data on barley and wheat genomic diversity, linked with climatic and ecological data indicating environmental challenges to which cereals had to adapt during their movement into northern Europe; human palaeogenomic data indicating the genetic relationships between early farming populations; and archaeobotanical datasets mapping the changing prevalence of different crops throughout Europe during the Neolithic.

The work will primarily be computational but there will be an opportunity to add to the plant genomic datasets either directly or in collaboration with other group members. The work will form part of the research project ‘Life in a cold climate: the adaptation of cereals to new environments and the establishment of agriculture in Europe’. In addition to a PhD in a relevant field, you will have experience of computer modelling of genomic data in a phylogeographic context. You should be able to demonstrate excellent attention to detail, and be able to work independently without close supervision while contributing to the research of a multidisciplinary team.

The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN Charter for gender equality in higher education. 

 The School holds a Bronze Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff to achieve a good work-life balance.

We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit

The University will actively foster a culture of inclusion and diversity and will seek to achieve true equality of opportunity for all members of its community.

The University of Manchester values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CV's or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Terry Brown


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 01565 818 234

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

This full time post is available for two years from 1st January 2017.

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