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Research Associate (Molecular Genetics)

School of Biosciences

Location:  Canterbury
Salary:  £34,804 to £40,322
Grade:  Grade 7
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed Term - 36 Months
Release Date:  Wednesday 18 December 2019
Closing Date:  23.59 hours GMT on Friday 31 January 2020  (unless otherwise stated)
Reference:  STM-100-19

We are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic postdoctoral Research Associate to join the Ellis laboratory. The successful applicant will join an established research group working on fundamental and applied aspects of male reproductive biology. Ellis group lab interests encompass mechanisms of chromosome segregation during meiosis, cytoplasmic and nuclear remodelling during haploid germ cell development, and how DNA damage in developing male germ cells affects the quality of the resulting gametes. 

You will work on a three-year project funded by the Leverhulme Trust that seeks to understand how transmission ratio distorters manipulate the processes of gametogenesis and/or fertilisation so that they are passed on to more than 50% of offspring. You will work in close collaboration with the evolutionary and functional genomics lab, led by Dr Farré, to develop new approaches to answer how individual genes cause “drive”, how genome rearrangements contribute to drive, and the evolutionary consequences of drive for genome structure.

Techniques to be used will include cutting-edge single-cell ‘omics, RNA-Seq and ChIP-Seq techniques; therefore, candidates with experience analysing these types of data are encouraged to apply. Although the position is mainly focused on bioinformatics, depending on the candidate’s interests there will be significant opportunities for you to participate in benchwork and gain appropriate lab skills.

As Research Associate you will:

  • develop an independent approach to the research project in both the design and execution of the necessary experiments in order to deliver the specific aims of the grant.
  • maintain excellent lab notebooks to document all aspects of the work performed.
  • report on progress at lab meetings on a regular basis.
  • help supervise other lab members e.g. MSc/PhD students both technically and academically.
  • attend national/international conferences relevant to the research and present research findings orally or as a poster.
  • prepare manuscripts for publication and/or patent applications based on the outputs of the project.
  • with mentoring from PIs, to undertake continued professional development of their skills as a research scientist, including: day-to-day budgetary management of grant resources, and development and submission of grant applications

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • a PhD degree in Biology, Biochemistry or related discipline or equivalent
  • bioinformatic analysis of ‘omics data, particularly RNA_Seq and ChIP-Seq
  • a good understanding of evolutionary genetics and phylogenetic reconstruction
  • at least one publication in a peer-reviewed journal

The School of Biosciences is a part of the University’s Faculty of Science, and teaches undergraduate degree programmes in Biochemistry, Biology and Biomedical Sciences. Research projects are also undertaken in the same disciplines. The laboratory research interests of the School include:  

  • Protein Science 
  • Molecular Microbiology 
  • Biomolecular Medicine 
  • Genome Evolution

We particularly welcome applications from female and black and ethnic minority candidates as they are under-represented at this level in this area

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Please note - Applications must be made via the University’s online application system. CVs or details sent directly to the department or via email cannot be considered.

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