Research Associate in Statistical Phylogenetics

University College London - UCL - Faculty of Life Sciences, Division of Biosciences Research Department of Genetics, Evolution & Environment

Working in Professor Ziheng Yang’s group at UCL, the post holder will work on a project developing statistical methods and computer software to estimate specifies divergence times integrating information in genomic sequence data and in the fossil record. The project involves close collaborative work with Professor Donoghue of the University of Bristol. The successful candidate will develop Bayesian inference methods and implement computer software for analysing genomic sequence and morphological character data incorporating information from living and fossil species. They will be required to participate in developing theory, designing and implementing computational algorithms, conducting simulation, compiling and analysing genomic datasets, and writing up the results for publication in international peer-reviewed journals. The post is funded by the BBSRC for 32 months in the first instance. Starting date is 1 January 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

We seek a research scientist with expertise in Bayesian inference (MCMC), computer programming (C/C++, R, and Python/Perl), and molecular phylogenetics. A PhD (or working towards a PhD) in one of the following areas is essential: computational statistics, computer science, molecular evolution and phylogenetics, and evolutionary and population genetics. Individuals with a biology PhD are invited to apply if they can demonstrate strong statistical/computational skills. Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary collaborative environment is essential, as is fluency with UNIX/Linux. A proven track record of effective research will be required. Please note: Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at research assistant Grade 6B (salary £29,809 - £31,432 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis (including corrections).

Please ensure you read these carefully before applying for the post as candidates must meet all essential criteria to be considered.

UCL vacancy reference: 1607396.

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button below. For informal queries on the role please contact Professor Ziheng Yang FRS at For any queries regarding the application process, please contact Biosciences Staffing on and quote the reference 1607396.

Closing Date: 13 December 2016.

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

Interview Date: TBC.

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