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Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Exeter - University of Exeter Medical School

Location: Exeter
Salary: The starting salary will be from £34,520 up to £42,418 on Grade F, depending on qualifications and experience.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 13th September 2018
Closes: 24th September 2018
Job Ref: P63336

Applications are sought for a highly motivated Postdoctoral Research Fellow to join the Complex Disease Epigenomics Group at the University of Exeter Medical School. A three-year full-time post is available from 1st October 2018 funded by a project grant from the Simons Foundation. We are interested in applications from both bioinformaticians/mathematicians and laboratory-based scientists.

You will work on a collaborative project (together with researchers at the Genome Institute in Singapore) that aims to characterise regulatory genomic variation in the developing brain. The project involves using cutting-edge methods to profile gene regulation (DNA modifications, histone modifications, gene expression, alternative splicing) in post-mortem brain samples. Building on our previous work exploring epigenomic variation in neuropsychiatric phenotypes, this integrated-genomics project will explore the dynamic regulation of gene function during human brain development and its relevance to the aetiology of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

You will be based within the Complex Disease Epigenetics Group ( at the University of Exeter Medical School. We are a dynamic, interdisciplinary team including molecular biologists, mathematicians and bioinformaticians. The primary focus of our work is to understand the causes and consequences of molecular changes in the brain, and the role that these changes play in neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disease.

About you
You will possess a relevant PhD or equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study. You will also be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required. We are particularly interested in applications from postdoctoral scientists with expertise in any of the following: molecular biology, epigenomics (DNA and histone modification analysis), genomic sequencing (ChIP-seq and Pacific Biosciences Iso-seq), applied mathematics, computational biology, or bioinformatics. You may be either a laboratory-based scientist or focus on informatics approaches.

The University of Exeter is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities. We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, and have achieved a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017. The University of Exeter has over 22,000 students and 4600 staff from 180 different countries and has been rated the WhatUni2017 International Student Choice. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today, with 98% of our research rated as being of international quality in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students.

For further information, please contact Jonathan Mill, email

This role may be subject to additional background screening.

The College is proud to have a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment and impact to providing equality of opportunity and advancing the representation of women in STEM/M subjects.  Our Inspiring Stories tell you more about how we support our staff, including through a mentoring programme to help our staff learn from the professional and life experience of colleagues and explore opportunities and actions for career progression.

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

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