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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Research Associate Sainsbury Laboratory

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in the group of Dr Edwige Moyroud at the Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University. The successful candidate will conduct fundamental research aimed at understanding the genetic basis of floral pattern evolution. The successful candidate will combine genomics and transcriptomic approaches to (1) resolve the evolutionary relationships within a subgroup of Hibiscus species and to (2) study the mechanisms accounting for pattern variation on the Hibiscus petal during the evolution of this subgroup.

This post requires candidates of exceptional ability who are enthusiastic about using both computational tools and experimental approaches to understand the mechanisms behind flower development and evolution, with excellent genetic and bioinformatic skills.

Candidates must have, or be close to obtaining, a PhD in Evolutionary Biology or Computational Biology. Successful candidates will be experienced in producing next-generation sequencing data and in using modern statistical phylogenetic approaches to analyse large datasets. Experience working with phylogenomic methods, as well as a strong knowledge of the associated theories behind those methods, is essential. Candidates must have advanced bioinformatic skills and the ability to develop novel algorithms and computational programs to tackle challenging evo-devo questions. Previous experience using transcriptomics to reconstruct evolutionary relationships and knowledge of the mechanisms governing flowering plant evolution would also be advantageous. The candidate will also have a keen interest in working with an emerging model system.

The successful candidate will be fully involved in the basic research in these areas whilst also writing up their research work for presentation and publication. The post holder will be required to assist in the supervision of student projects, provide instructions to students and deliver seminars relating to their research area. The Moyroud group is looking for a strong team player, enthusiastic to join a young Lab that is developing as a diverse and interdisciplinary team. Strong communication skills are required to assist with training and to interact with group members and other researchers at SLCU with different scientific backgrounds.

The Laboratory provides a welcoming and collaborative environment with a wide-range of family-friendly benefits and development opportunities. More about the Sainsbury Laboratory and details of what the University offers to employees can be found at:

  • Salary £31,604.00 - £38,833.00
  • Fixed Term: The funds for this post are available for 1 year in the first instance.
  • The post is full time and available immediately.
  • Closing date: 11 July 2018

Scientific enquiries apart from the formal application should be directed to Dr Edwige Moyroud at

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To submit an application for this vacancy: click on the link in the 'Apply online' section of the advert published on the University's Job Opportunities pages. This will take you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already done so) and log in before completing the online application form. Please upload the following documents: curriculum vitae; brief statement (no more than one side of A4) about how your experience fits the profile for this role.

Please quote reference PT15854 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The Sainsbury Laboratory receives a high volume of applications. If you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date, please consider your application as unsuccessful on this occasion.

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