Postdoctoral Research Associate

University of Exeter - University of Exeter Medical School

This full-time, permanent post is available immediately.

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university that combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction. Exeter has over 21,000 students from more than 130 different countries and is in the top 1% of universities in the world, with 98% of our research rated as being of international quality. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today.

Rare inherited disorders are a major cause of childhood disability, which may often be difficult to diagnose largely due to limited knowledge regarding their nature and molecular causes. The likelihood of a couple having a child with a rare inherited condition may be increased in genetically isolated communities such as the Amish, in whom a myriad of disease-associated founder mutations have become enriched. While this may lead to an increased frequency of certain inherited disorders, the large family size and extensive genealogical records of the Amish enable empowered genetic studies to define the genetic causes of disease. This has important translational medical, scientific and financial impacts for families in the community, and worldwide, with these conditions.

The UEMS Community Genomics team are a highly successful internationally-recognised research group who have defined >60 new genetic causes of inherited neurological and developmental disorders over recent years.These findings have enabled improved genetic testing, diagnostic and early intervention approaches for these conditions, and provided the basis for novel therapeutic interventions.

The Community Genomics team are recruiting for a Postdoctoral Research Associate for 5 years, who will register for a PhD. You will work alongside the Graduate Research Assistant and the other members of the Community Genomics team to define the causes of inherited developmental and neurological disorders present amongst genetically isolated communities, including the Amish, employing in-house genomic technologies, bioinformatic and functional analyses. This will provide important biological insights, potentially enabling treatment development. A background in genetic studies and bioinformatic analyses of genomic data, particularly involving neurological or developmental disorders, would be an advantage.

Applicants who wish to work less than 1.0 FTE on a pro rata basis will also be considered.

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For further information please email (or phone +44 (0)1392 722730). Project specific queries should be directed to Professor Andrew Crosby ( and Dr Emma Baple (

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The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer.  We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution.  Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce

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