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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Applicants are invited for a postdoctoral research associate in Dr Chris Illingworth's Microbial Evolution research group in the Department of Genetics, University of Cambridge. One aspect of our recent research has focused on the development of mathematical models using population genetic methods to understand the within-host evolution of influenza virus. Other work has focused on evolutionary processes in other microbial organisms. We aim to recruit a bright and motivated individual to join the group, developing and applying new approaches for evaluating genome sequence datasets.

Funds for this post are available for 12 months, with the possibility of extension beyond this period.

Essential requirements:

Have or about to be awarded a PhD in evolutionary biology or another relevant subject; high level of mathematical ability e.g. undergraduate degree in numerate subject; knowledge of a programming language such as R, Matlab, or C++; ability to work both independently and as part of a team; ability to communicate ideas effectively verbally and in writing to experts and non-experts alike; ability to think creatively and rapidly develop novel solutions, and enthusiasm for scientific research.

Desirable skills:

Expertise in population genetics; experience of working with next-generation sequence data; knowledge of virus evolution, and a record of publication in high quality scientific journals.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Applications should include a CV and a brief statement outlining key areas of expertise, and reasons why you would like to join the group. Informal enquiries can be addressed to Dr Chris Illingworth (

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

Please quote reference PC11439 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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