Research Associate in Statistical Population Genetics

University College London - Division of Biosciences Research, Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment

The UCL Genetics Institute (UGI) is looking to appoint a statistical or computational postdoctoral researcher with a strong interest or background in population genetics. The successful applicant will develop novel statistical approaches to identify genetic regions that show signs of conservation among human groups, indicative of selection effects, and relate these selection signals to past human migrations, historical disease burden and environmental pressures. The applicant will also be the lead analyst of genome-wide DNA maintained by Dr. Hellenthal and collaborators, including a currently available novel collection containing thousands of individuals sampled from over 100 different groups from Sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere. This research is part of a Wellcome Trust / Royal Society funded collaboration between researchers at Harvard University, Johannas Gutenbug University Mainz, University of Melbourne and elsewhere, and will include collaborative visits to Boston, United States and Mainz, Germany.

More generally, the applicant will be incorporated into the strong genetics research community at the UGI and UCL, interacting with world-renowned researchers and having access to unique large-scale genetic data resources.

The post is funded by the Wellcome Trust and is available for 30 months in the first instance with the possibility of extension. The applicant is welcome to start as soon as available.

At the job start date, applicants must hold (or have submitted) a PhD in statistics, biostatistics, computational biology, bioinformatics, population genetics or similar, ideally with prior experience or a strong interest in genetics and population genetics. Prior knowledge of genetics is desirable, as well as coding experience, e.g. in c/c++, perl/python and/or R.

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 £ 30,316 – £31.967 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis (including corrections).

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button below.

Please include a brief personal statement, explaining how your qualifications and experience make you a suitable candidate for this job, a CV and the names and email addresses at least two references.

For informal queries about the position please contact Dr. Garrett Hellenthal

For queries regarding the application process please contact the Biosciences Staffing Team on   quoting the reference number 1675319 in the subject line.

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23.59.

Interview Date: TBC

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