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Research Associate in Physical and Computational Biology (Marioni Lab) Fixed Term

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral Research Associate position to develop novel theoretical, computational and statistical approaches to explore biological processes using single-cell genomics. The position will be associated with the research group of Dr. John Marioni (CRUK Cambridge Institute/EMBL-EBI).

Recent advances in single-cell genomics provide an exciting opportunity to gain mechanistic insight into the molecular processes underlying cell fate decisions in a variety of contexts, including embryogenesis, immune cell activation and in cancer. However, to enable relevant biological insights, it is necessary to develop and apply robust computational methods. This position will focus on the development of such methods and their application, including single-cell gene expression data generated using both sequencing and imaging technologies. The successful candidate will be able to build upon a series of methods developed by the Marioni lab over the past few years and will benefit from outstanding collaborations with experimental colleagues, both in and outside the CI.

The successful applicant will have a strong statistical background, ideally with experience of applying her/his background to problems in biology. This will manifest itself in the candidate holding (or be about to hold) a PhD/DPhil in Mathematics, Statistics, Computational Biology or a closely related field.

The length of contract will be two years with the potential for an extension to a third year of support.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check and a security check.

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.

Please submit applications in the following format: a CV, including full details of previous training and research experience to date; a publication record if available; the names and contact details of two referees; a summary of prior research accomplishments, and a statement of future research interests. Further information on the post can be obtained by referring to the Marioni website or John Marioni (

The closing date is 30 June 2018, with the interview date to be confirmed.

Further information on the post can be obtained by referring to the Marioni website or John Marioni (

Please quote reference SW15722 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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