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Junior Group Leader - Ethnic Groups

University of Birmingham - College of Medical and Dental Sciences

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £40,792 to £48,677 With potential progression once in post to £54,765 a year.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 17th October 2018
Closes: 14th November 2018
Job Ref: 80202

Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences

Duration - Fixed term for 3 years

Salary - Full time starting salary is normally in the range £40,792 to £48,677. With potential progression once in post to £54,765 a year.

Summary of Role

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a new junior group leader to join the Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences in the Birmingham Medical School and acquire independent investigator status in the field of human cancer predisposition and pathogenesis, with a focus on the diverse population of the UK and other countries.

The new appointee will work on how and why the risk of cancer and its clinical features vary among patients of different ethnic origins. The project will focus on breast, bowel and other cancers in the West Midlands population, with links to collaborative projects in India and Africa.

Key Responsibilities will involve

  • With support from colleagues, to develop a programme of work in cancer biology related to differences and similarities among ethnic groups
  • To design experiments and scientific projects at all stages from conception to implementation, with input from colleagues where appropriate
  • To identify and work with collaborators in the healthcare field, to include GPs, nurses, Pathologists, Geneticists, Public Health specialists, statisticians, bioinformaticians and epidemiologists
  • To establish successful relationships with public bodies, community leaders and other local organisations and representatives in the Midlands
  • To advise, teach and, if necessary, supervise on a day-to-day basis biostatistical and laboratory staff working on relevant projects, and assist others in their work where appropriate.
  • To develop or tailor analytical tools and resources appropriate to the work in collaboration with members of the ICGS and/or Centre for Computational Biology.
  • To participate in and support the public engagement and widening access activities of the Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences and College of Medical and Dental Sciences (anticipated to be approximately 2 days per year).

Person Specification

  • PhD and substantial post-doctoral experience in one or more of Human Genetics, Cancer Genetics, Molecular Genetics, Molecular Epidemiology, Population Genetics, Bioinformatics, Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Sciences, or another relevant biological or medical domain.
  • Proven experience in the analysis of data from human populations
  • Ability to learn and keep abreast of latest technological, methodological and software developments.

Informal queries can be made to Ian Tomlinson

Closing date: 14th November 2018                                                                 Reference:  80202

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