Research Assistant/Associate

University of Cambridge - Department of Genetics

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research associate in Dr Chris Illingworth's research group in the Department of Genetics, University of Cambridge. One aspect of our recent research has focused on the development of mathematical models using population genetic methods to understand the within-host evolution of the influenza virus. Other work has focused on evolutionary processes in other microbial organisms.  We aim to recruit a bright and motivated individual to join the group, developing and applying new approaches for evaluating genome sequence datasets.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance.

Essential skills:

Have, or about to be awarded, a PhD in population genetics or another relevant subject; high level of mathematical ability e.g. undergraduate degree in a numerate subject; knowledge of a programming language such as R, Matlab, or C++; strong record of publications (in print or in preparation) in high quality scientific journals; ability to work both independently and as part of a team; ability to communicate ideas effectively both verbally and in writing; ability to think creatively and rapidly development novel solutions.

Desirable skills:

Expertise in population genetic theory;

experience in working with next-generation sequence data; knowledge of virus evolution.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Chris Illingworth -

Please quote reference PC12011 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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