Research Associate

University College London - UCL Department of Genetics, Evolution & Environment

The Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment is seeking to appoint a Research Associate to join Dr Duncan Greig’s research group in UCL’s new Centre for Life’s Origins and Evolution (CLOE).

The post-holder will be an active member of a research project using budding yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Saccharomyces paradoxus, and hybrids between them) to map, isolate, and analyse the genetic differences between species that contribute to their reproductive isolation. The project will focus on two traits, fertility and adaptation to temperature. The project will require classical yeast genetics methods including crossing, tetrad dissection, growth assays, library screening and genetic manipulations, as well as high throughput sequencing and computational analysis.

The Research Associate will be required to assist in the development of research proposals and the planning and delivery of the results, so that the research objectives of the project are met. The role holder will be expected to produce independent, original contributions to the subject area.

This post available immediately and is funded for 35 months in the first instance.

The successful candidate must hold (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in a relevant subject area and demonstrable comprehensive knowledge in the subject area of evolutionary biology, especially genetics of speciation, AND/OR yeast biology and genetics. Proven knowledge of research techniques and methodologies is also essential. The post holder must demonstrate excellent written & verbal communication skills and the ability to present complex information effectively to a range of audiences. Experience in statistical analysis in biology (e.g. GLMs) AND/OR bioinformatic analysis of high-throughput sequence data is essential. Candidates must demonstrate evidence of a publication record in good quality publications and have experience in contributing to research bids.

Please note: Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at research assistant Grade 6B (salary £30,316 - £31,967 per annum, including London Allowance) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis (including corrections).

UCL vacancy reference: 1713615

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button below.

For informal queries on the role, please contact Dr Duncan Greig ( ) For any queries regarding the application process, please contact Biosciences Staffing team on and quote the reference 1713615.

Closing Date: 28 June 2018

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

Interview Date: TBC

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