Postdoctoral Research Scientists in Spatio-Temporal Genomic Analysis

University of Oxford - Big Data Institute Building

Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Information and Discovery
Old Road Campus

We are looking to appoint Postdoctoral Research Scientists in Spatio-Temporal Genomic Analysis to join the Malaria Genomic Epidemiology Network (MalariaGEN) at the Big Data Institute Building, Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Information and Discovery. The Director of the Programme is Professor Dominic Kwiatkowski who holds a dual appointment between the Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics and the Big Data Institute at the University of Oxford and the Sanger Institute in Cambridge.

The focus of the group is to provide authoritative information on how to understand outbreaks of drug and insecticide resistance relevant to malaria. In the first instance the role will focus on developing initial pipelines using existing tools for the identification of outbreaks and then move on to developing and incorporating new tools and methods, such as genealogy methods, that iteratively improve the precision and accuracy of this information.

The successful candidates will work constructively with other postdocs, fellows, scientists and students involved in the broader MalariaGEN project to deliver on the overall research objectives of the research programme and have the ability to clearly communicate ideas and results to others both with and without specialist knowledge of bioinformatics is required, as well as a proven ability to work effectively within both small and large teams.

You will have successfully defended a relevant PhD/DPhil with associated research experience as well as demonstrable, research experience in spatio-temporal analysis of genetic data. You will have relevant publication record in spatial epidemiology and familiarity with the existing literature and research in the field. In addition experience of research in the African context is essential.

The posts will focus on developing a collaboration with KEMRI-Wellcome in order to coordinate fieldwork and laboratory work in Kenya with genomic typing and analysis led from Kenya and the UK. While the post is based in Oxford it will require extended visits to work in Kenya. You would need to able to meet the national visa requirements to undertake work in the UK and Kenya.

This full-time position is fixed-term for 1 year in the first instance.

Further particulars, including details of how to apply, can be obtained from the document below. Applications for this vacancy should be made online.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Wednesday 11 April 2018.

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