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Computational Science: Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

The newly established Boroviak lab is looking to recruit a highly enthusiastic individual to carry out ground-breaking research on primate embryogenesis. Recent advances in the field have shown that early human and non-human primate development substantially differs from the rodent paradigm. This divergence has dramatic implications for our understanding of germ cell specification, placental development and pluripotency in the embryo and embryonic stem cells.

Working closely with our international collaborators, the principal research focus will be on studying the mechanisms of embryonic lineage segregation in the implanting primate embryo. Our approach entails the generation of a transcriptional and epigenetic blueprint of primate development, from the fertilised egg up until gastrulation. Based on these insights, we will generate synthetic embryos and develop an in vitro model of primate implantation. You will be responsible for integrating multi-omics single-cell data, statistical analysis, innovative data visualisation and cross-species comparisons. A particular focus will be on signalling pathway analysis and target prediction for functional validation in close collaboration with wet-lab colleagues.

The successful applicant will be based within a vibrant working environment at the interface of computational science, embryology and molecular biology. We are looking for a team player with excellent communication skills and you will liaise with colleagues and fellow computational scientists within the Centre for Trophoblast Research. Essential requirements are a PhD (or about to complete a PhD) or equivalent experience in bioinformatics, mathematics, statistical analysis or genomics. The ideal candidate will have experience in a scientific programming language e.g. R, Python, C or Java; previous exposure to single-cell transcriptomics is a plus. Most importantly, you will have a can-do attitude with a genuine drive to push boundaries.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

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.

Informal enquiries can be directed to Dr Thorsten Boroviak (

The closing date for this vacancy is Sunday 15 October 2017.

Please quote reference PM13146 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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