Postdoctoral Researcher in Canine Genomics

The Royal Veterinary College, University of London - Clinical Science and Services

This is an 18 month fixed term contract, available from March 2018.

We invite applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher in Canine Genomics to undertake an investigation into the genetic basis of canine pancreatic beta cell disease. The project is funded by the PetPlan Charitable Trust and involves Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) and genomic analysis in dogs of breeds that are susceptible to diabetes mellitus (such as the Samoyed) or resistant to diabetes, but susceptible to insulinoma (such as the Boxer). The work is part of the Canine Diabetes Genetics Partnership initiative.

You will play an important role in the development of bioinformatics resources to study genetic variants in canine genome sequences and disseminating research findings to collaborators and to the wider veterinary and biomedical research communities. You will also be involved in training and supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate research students, engaged in molecular biological and genome analysis projects.

The project is a collaboration between RVC and The Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, University of Oxford and interaction with members of the wider team will be essential. The two institutions will work together in further developing the comparative and potentially translational aspects of this research to the benefit of companion animal and human health.

The position will be based within the Department of Clinical Sciences and Services at the Hawkshead Campus of the RVC, within a group well-known for its multidisciplinary and innovative approach to veterinary clinical immunology and endocrinology. Periods of time will need to be spent at the University of Oxford, to access their bioinformatics resources; therefore, a willingness to travel for work at both institutions is essential.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact principal investigator Dr Lucy Davison by email: ldavison@rvc.ac.uk. Quote job ref: CSS-0288-17

Interviews are likely to be held on: 7 February 2018

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