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Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Queen Mary University of London - School of Biological & Chemical Sciences

Location: London
Salary: £31,613 to £36,098 per annum, inclusive of London allowance.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 21st January 2020
Closes: 21st February 2020
Job Ref: QMUL21120

A 24 month Postdoctoral Research Assistant position is available at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) in Dr. Laurent Frantz’s group, investigating the evolutionary history of domestic animals using ancient genomes.

Queen Mary is one of the top research-led universities in the UK and was ranked 9th among the UK multi-faculty universities in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014). All postdoctoral researchers are part of the QMUL Doctoral College, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.

Candidates for this position must have a strong experience in population genomics, and ideally [but not necessarily] in ancient genomics. They should have a PhD (awarded or reasonably expected to be awarded within 3 months) or equivalent qualification/experience in an area of molecular evolution, genomics, bioinformatics or a related discipline. They will engage with the analyses of ancient pigs, chickens (and potentially dogs) genomes. A track record of peer-reviewed publications is essential.

The post holder will be integrated into Dr. Frantz’s group of several PhD students/postdocs and work closely with the team of Prof. Larson (University of Oxford). Potential projects involve analysing ancient pig genomes to establish the spatial and temporal differences in the proportion and genomic location of the incorporation of wild boar genes into domestic stocks in order to assess how domestic pigs adapted to novel environments.

The post is funded by the NERC and is a full-time position. The start date is mid-February or as soon as possible thereafter. The salary is dependent on qualifications, skills and experience and is in the range of £31,613- £36,098 per annum, inclusive of London allowance. Benefits include 30 days annual leave and a pension scheme.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

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The closing date for applications is 21 February 2020. Interviews will be held shortly thereafter.

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