Research Associate/Senior Research Associate (Bioinformatician)

University of Cambridge - Department of Veterinary Medicine

West Cambridge Site

Limit of Tenure 31 January 2020

Exciting opportunity in bioinformatics methodology development.

The position is part of large collaborative grant (involving the Departments of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge, The University of Edinburgh and the Roslin Institute) with the aim of understanding antimicrobial resistance (AMR) gene transfer between pathogens and the gut microbiota in experimental animals and in livestock. This ambitious, multi-disciplinary project will harness cutting-edge chromosome conformation capture genome sequencing (meta3C and Hi-C) to investigate transfer of AMR genes within complex microbiomes and identify unculturable bacterial species that are involved in AMR spread. Dr Mark Holmes is the principle investigator of the grant with Dr Andrew Grant, Dr Olivier Restif, Dr Dan Tucker, Professor James Wood, Professor Duncan Maskell, Professor Mark Stevens and Professor Sharon Peacock as co-investigators. You will be part of a lab with many other infectious disease and AMR projects running alongside as part of a stimulating and highly productive research community.

Working in a team of four, of which you will be an integral part. It is essential that you are flexible, willing and capable of working both on your own and importantly as part of a multidisciplinary group. In particular, the role of the post holder will be to undertake bioinformatics methodology development and pipeline processing required for the project. You may be required to assist with the work of PhD students and undergraduate project students and will help with sub-projects arising from the main research including the investigation of factors affecting antimicrobial resistance such as novel antimicrobial resistance genes.

An appointment could be made at Senior Research Associate, or Research Associate (PhD in Bioinformatics/Genetics/Mathematical Biology or a relevant discipline and/or experience relevant to microbial genomics).

We strongly encourage career development and progression. Funds are available for meetings, conferences and placements in other laboratories.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 January 2020 in the first instance.

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.

Applicants should submit a CHRIS/6, CV, covering letter outlining suitability for the role and contact details for two references.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Further particulars for the role and information about the Department

Interview date 19 January 2018

Please quote reference PP14176 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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