Postdoctoral Scientist – Structural Studies

MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology

An opportunity is available for a postdoctoral researcher to join the group of Professor Julian Gough to work on big data, data science, algorithms, data integration, machine learning and statistical methods applied to protein structure domains (SUPERFAMILY/SCOP), protein disorder (D2P2), protein function and phenotype (dcGO) and other areas such as genetic variation (FATHMM). This project is to bring together our previous research in these areas with diverse and large biological datasets and to unite it into a coherent system for conducting cutting edge genomic research.

The explosive amount of biological data coming from advances in high-throughput techniques such as DNA sequencing constitutes one of the two most important areas of data science for the next half-century (the other being internet-related). Unlike the more obvious internet-related areas of big data research, there is a lack of highly skilled and motivated computer scientists to work on the important problems. This opportunity to work in the Gough group is a chance to become one of those people.

You should be highly motivated, have a PhD or due to complete doctoral studies within 3 months of applying (in a relevant subject), and you have an aptitude for computer science, mathematics and working with data. This role will suit you if you enjoy learning and are comfortable working in an application area that stretches your comfort zone.

The successful candidate will be awarded either an MRC Career Development Fellowship or MRC Postdoctoral Training Scheme, for a 2 year fixed-term period. This is a training and development position for a Postdoctoral Scientist who has recently completed doctoral studies or is moving into a new research discipline.

The MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology is one of the birthplaces of molecular biology and excels at deciphering the molecular mechanisms of life.  It provides an unsurpassed environment for both new and established researchers.  Scientists are drawn to the LMB from all over the world, creating a lively and international community for the exchange of ideas and technical innovation.

Working for the MRC provides a whole host of benefits including a final salary pension scheme, Benenden Healthcare membership and excellent holiday entitlement.  You will also have access to employee shopping/travel discounts, on site sport and social facilities, as well as salary sacrifice cycle to work schemes and childcare vouchers.

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Closing date: 11 March 2018.

Final appointments will be subject to a pre-employment screening.

The Medical Research Council is an Equal Opportunities Employer who participates in the Disability Confident scheme

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