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Research Technician

University of Sheffield - Faculty of Science - Department of Animal and Plant Sciences

Location: Sheffield
Salary: £21,585 to £22,876 per annum, Grade 5
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 30th July 2018
Closes: 27th August 2018
Job Ref: UOS019856

Contract Type: Fixed term until 31st July 2021

You are expected to have an interest in biology, human evolution, or anthropology alongside strong computational skills with background in mathematics, statistics, physics, computer science, or a related field.

You are also expected to have fundamental knowledge and experience with Mendelian randomization. You will work with Dr. Eran Elhaik on an MRC funded project to develop advanced tools to model population structure and human biogeography, the ability to trace the geographical origin of individuals from their DNA data. The project built on the success of the previous tool, the Geographic Population Structure (GPS), published in 2014 in Nature Communications and has been used since then in multiple studies. This project aims to redesign the original GPS tool to be applied to UK individuals using the UK BioBank and develop population genetic models. This is a multi-disciplinary project involving programming and modelling. In addition, the project will involve collaborations with researchers in other disciplines, including biomathematics and biostatistics. You will be expected to have a strong grounding in programming (Matlab or R) and math/statistics.

We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.

We build teams of people from different heritages and lifestyles from across the world, whose talent and contributions complement each other to greatest effect. We believe diversity in all its forms delivers greater impact through research, teaching and student experience.

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