Postdoctoral Research Associate

The University of Edinburgh - School of Biological Sciences

In recent viral outbreaks of Ebola, MERS-CoV and Zika, viral genome sequencing revealed critical insights into the evolution and transmission of the virus, offering tantalizing examples of the potential value of this for future outbreak control efforts. To maximize the utility of this information, it needs to be achieved in real-time, providing virus genome data and actionable analysis and interpretation within hours of patients being sampled. The ARTIC project, funded by The Wellcome Trust, will achieve this by producing a mobile virus sequencing system, including statistically rigorous analysis frameworks, to prepare for the next outbreak and ensure that viral genome sequencing is positioned to have full impact on the public health response.

The Institute of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Edinburgh seeks to appoint two Postdoctoral Researchers to support the work of Prof. Rambaut, developing computational and statistical approaches to viral genome sequence analysis in real time during an outbreak or epidemic.

Candidates will have a PhD in a relevant field (computational biology, computer science, mathematical biology or statistics), experience of developing statistical models of molecular epidemiology, phylodynamics and phylogography, and/or demonstrable knowledge and experience of software development, High Performance Computing, and GPGPU development. The candidates will have a track-record of publishing in peer-reviewed, academic journals, excellent communication skills, and the ability to deal with a variety of tasks to set deadlines. The project will involve working with project team members including virologists, bioinformaticians and epidemiologists to create an integrated, practical system for public health emergencies.

These posts are full-time for 5 years.

Please include a CV and supporting statement with details of how you meet the knowledge, skills and experience required.

Informal enquiries to Prof. Andrew Rambaut (

Closing Date: 03 January 2018 at 5pm GMT

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The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336.

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