Postdoctoral Researcher in Human Genetics

National University of Ireland, Galway - School of Natural Sciences

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time, fixed term position as a Postdoctoral Researcher in Human Genetics within the Discipline of Biochemistry at the National University of Ireland, Galway. This position is funded by the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (USA) and is available from 15th December 2017 for up to 18 months.

Job Description:
This project will focus on studies to identify and characterize the genetic basis of cognitive deficits in schizophrenia, which are core to disability associated with this disorder. This common psychiatric disorder has a strong genetic component and discovery of new risk genes can identify the molecular mechanisms involved, leading to new targets for drug development. The aim of this project is to investigate the role of genes that regulate epigenetic functions (e.g. chromatin remodelers) in the shared genetic aetiology between schizophrenia and cognitive function. This will be done by combining and analyzing new GWAS data for schizophrenia from the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium (PGC) and new GWAS data for cognition from the UK Biobank using various biostatistical tools.

The successful candidate will manage and analyze genetic and phenotypic data from schizophrenia patients and healthy participants using biostatistical methods. The successful candidate will join the Center for Neuroimaging and Cognitive Genomics. The goal of research at NICOG is to use genetic, neurocognitive and neuroimaging studies to understand the biological basis of common adult psychiatric disorders. The successful candidate will be strongly encouraged to participate in international conferences and will be supported to apply for further independent grant funding.

Qualifications/Skills required:


  • A PhD in a biological science, computer science, bioinformatics or biostatistics.
  • Evidence of a strong background in bioinformatics and (bio-) statistics with a demonstrated interest in the analysis of genomics data, particular GWAS data.
  • Demonstrable experience programming in R and one other scripting language (e.g. Python/PERL).
  • Familiarity with the Unix/Linux environment.
  • Fluent in spoken and written English and excellent writing, communication, organisational and interpersonal skills.


  • Experience in the use of a High-Performance Compute cluster (SGE/PBS).
  • An excellent publication record including first author publications in high‐impact journals.
  • A track record in securing grant funding.

Salary: €37,750 - €42,394 per annum     

Start date: 15th December 2017

Further information on research and working at NUI Galway is available on: Research at NUI Galway.

For information on moving to Ireland please see:

To Apply: Applications to include a one-page covering letter, CV, and the contact details of three referees should be sent, via e-mail (in word or PDF only) to Dr Derek Morris: Please put reference number NUIG-120-17 in subject line of e-mail application.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm, 31st August 2017.

Interviews are planned to be held beginning of October 2017.

National University of Ireland, Galway is an equal opportunities employer.

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