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Postdoctoral Research Associate/Bioinformatician and Statistical Geneticist

King's College London - Department of Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology

Location: London
Salary: £38,304 per annum inclusive of £3,500 London Weighting Allowance , Grade 6
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 22nd July 2021
Closes: 20th August 2021
Job Ref: 028065

Job description

We are looking for a skilled post-doctoral bioinformatician and statistical geneticist with initiative and drive, to contribute to research into the biggest medical problem facing the world currently (i.e. COVID-19) - and specifically the genetics of COVID-19. 

You will have a unique opportunity to work on data from two internationally renowned cohorts: firstly, TwinsUK; and secondly, the COVID Symptom Study Biobank, based on the COVID-19 ZOE app.  Studies of the genetics of COVID-19 will particularly focus on long-COVID, an emerging problem world-wide for survivors of COVID-19, and will include GWAS and Mendelian randomisation studies into this disabling disorder.  The opportunity to contribute to the study of COVID-19, through genetic dissection of long-COVID, and, potentially, to vaccine responses, through investigation of these unique and large datasets is both unprecedented and of huge international importance, given both the pandemic and development of effective vaccination.

There will also be opportunities to engage in other genetics projects using these deeply phenotyped cohorts, as well as with other projects involving genomics research in immune-mediated inflammatory, and bone, diseases.

Applicants are expected to be able to direct research independently and have a good breadth of knowledge of genomic and immunological research methodologies and background. This post-doctoral position will also be expected to write papers, review papers, and supervise and mentor research assistance and students, in a highly supportive environment for both early- and mid-career researchers. 

This post will be offered on a fixed term contract for 24 months

This is a full-time post (35 hours per week)

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