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Research Associate (Fixed Term)


A postdoctoral research position is available from 1 May 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter to work with Professor Richard Durbin in the Department of Genetics on the evolutionary genetics of the Lake Malawi cichlid radiation.

The research will involve studying diverse populations of Malawi cichlid fish to analyse the genetic structure of adaptive speciation and phenotype divergence, based on whole genome sequences and a variety of phenotyping approaches.

While the position will be based in Cambridge on the Downing site, the researcher will also participate in field trips to collect samples in Malawi and/or Tanzania.

The post will be at an appropriate point in Grade 7 depending on experience.

The applicant should have

  • a PhD in population genetics or evolutionary genomics, or the expectation of approval for a PhD prior to starting
  • at least two years' experience with fish population genetics
  • at least two years' experience in large scale computational genome sequence data analysis, including genome assembly and variant calling
  • field experience in fish sample collection and identification, and ecological field techniques
  • strong demonstrated experience in biological computing in Unix using C, Perl, Python and R
  • proven ability to develop and apply new statistical methods to handle sampling and technical noise in genetic sequence analysis

Closing date: 23rd April 2018

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

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

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.

For further information, contact Richard Durbin rd109@gen.cam.ac.uk Websites: https://www.gen.cam.ac.uk/research-groups/durbin https://cambridgecichlids.org/

Please quote reference PC15130 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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