|Salary:||£40,386 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance|
|Placed On:||9th February 2023|
|Closes:||15th March 2023|
Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Computational Biology to join the Epigenetics and Post-transcriptional Gene Regulation Group within the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics. Our group is interested in the contribution of genetic variation and its interaction with the environment to influence phenotypic diversity. Within this context, we employ genome-wide approaches to profile epigenetic and epitranscriptomic modifications, together with integrated computational analyses and a range of wet-lab techniques to validate the functional role of our discoveries. We apply this approach across a broad range of biological questions.
The post-holder will contribute to an MRC funded project by applying their highly developed computational skills to data within the UK Biobank. Applications are welcome from individuals without a strong background in biology, provided the essential criteria are met and the individual is interested in learning about the underlying biology. This project will build on our previous work that established a link between a non-coding genic region and growth/body mass. Using this large and deeply phenotyped cohort, we seek to understand how this is influenced by both genetic background and lifestyle. Furthermore, we aim to establish what the primary and secondary genotype-phenotype associations are. This project has the potential to substantially improve our understanding of genetic disposition towards obesity and related disorders. In addition, we will then establish if these associations are present in a mouse model and what the relevant tissues are for further functional investigation, which will involve analysis of genome-wide DNA methylation, with the possibility of integrating data utilising other genome-wide approaches, such as transcriptome data (RNA-seq) and translatome data (polysome-seq or ribo-seq).
Our laboratory provides a diverse and friendly environment within a department that has expertise spanning population genetics, statistical genetics, computational biology, developmental biology, epigenetics and beyond. International applicants are welcome.
This post will be offered on an a fixed-term contract for up to 2 years in the first instance.
This is a full-time post
The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.
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