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Research Associate in Theoretical Modelling of Evolution

The University of Manchester - Evolution & Genomic Sciences

Location: Manchester
Salary: £32,236 to £33,199 per annum according to experience
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 16th January 2019
Closes: 18th February 2019
Job Ref: BM&H-13289
Job Reference : BM&H-13289
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Closing Date : 18/02/2019
Salary : £32,236 - £33,199 per annum according to experience
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Biology, Medicine & Health
Division : Evolution & Genomic Sciences
Hours Per week : Full time
Contract Duration : Starting as soon as possible for 2 years

The increasing prevalence of anti-microbial resistance (AMR) is one of the key health challenges of the 21st century. Understanding the interaction between the microbes and the aspects of their environment in relation to AMR offers the possibility harnessing evolutionary processes themselves to allow antibiotic sensitive microbes to outcompete resistant ones. However, the evolutionary and environmental interactions and trade-offs are not well understood.

The appointee to this post will use stochastic modelling and/or statistical inference to characterise microbial evolution in experimental and clinical settings in response to anti-microbial treatments. A complementary post will use experimental characterisation of bacterial evolutionary landscapes, deep sequencing of bacterial populations and analysis of fitness effects of variants based on protein structure.

Essential skills and qualifications include: a PhD, or equivalent, in Theoretical Physics, Applied Mathematics or a related area, experience in non-equilibrium statistical physics, theory of stochastic processes or statistical inference at a research level, experience in analytical calculations, numerical simulations and data analysis in an area relevant to the project, excellent computational and statistical skills, including proficiency in the use of programming languages such as C++, Fortran, and statistical packages such as R.

This post will be full time for two years and with an immediate start date for the successful applicant.

The School is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Simon Lovell   

Tel: 0161 2755748

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Tel:      0161 850 2004

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Tel:      0161 275 4499

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date

Further particulars including job description and person specification are available on the University of Manchester website - click on the 'Apply' button above to find out more

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