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Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Exeter - College of Medicine & Health

Location: Exeter
Salary: The starting salary will be from £35,211 on Grade F, depending on qualifications and experience.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 2nd July 2019
Closes: 6th August 2019
Job Ref: R67237

This full time post is available from 1 October 2019 on a 3 year fixed term basis until 30 June 2022, although an earlier or later start date can be negotiated for the right candidate.

Summary of the role

The College wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to join the Complex Disease Epigenomics Group (see for more information). We are a dynamic research team within the College of Medicine and Health researching gene regulation in common disease, with a growing team specifically focussed on understanding genomic mechanisms in dementia. We have been recently funded by Alzheimer’s Research UK to investigate inflammatory mechanisms in patients with mild cognitive impairment and to determine if this accelerates conversion to dementia by using RNA-sequencing and miRNA-sequencing in blood samples. The project will use cutting-edge mathematical and bioinformatic approaches to analyse and integrate these data sets. This Alzheimer’s Research UK funded post is available from 1 October 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The successful applicant will be involved in overseeing the day-to-day running of the project, coordinating data generation, analysis, interpretation and dissemination. We are seeking an individual with a strong statistical background, particularly those with experience of fitting regression models, who is a confident programmer with both R and the command line. Although previous experience in genomics or bioinformatics and specifically next generation sequencing data is desirable, this role would also suit a highly motivated candidate with an interest in applying existing strong analytical skills to new data types.

About you

You will be able to develop research objectives and projects and may contribute to the process of securing funds and making presentations at conferences and other events.

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD or equivalent qualification/experience and a publication record in genomics, bioinformatics, statistics or a related field of study. You will possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to implement or develop novel methodologies to analyse large genomics datasets. You will also be able to work collaboratively and mentor or supervise the work of others. Applicants will be able to work with large sample cohorts / data-sets with sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to develop novel methodologies. We ask within your application that you provide an overview of a key research output, such as a paper, analysis package or dataset that you have significantly contributed to, which is of relevance to the post.

You can view the Job Description and Person Specification document here

Further information

Please contact Katie Lunnon, or (01392) 406742. 

We welcome applications from candidates interested in working part-time hours or job-sharing arrangements.

This role may be subject to additional background screening.

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