Applications are invited for an ERC funded post-doctoral position in the field of host-parasite evolution and genomics based in the Department of Genetics, central Cambridge. The post holder will investigate genetic variation in the susceptibility of Drosophila to viral infection.
Insects vary in their susceptibility to viral infection, and this variation affects disease transmission by vector species, and the survival of beneficial insects and pests. The successful candidate will investigate the genetic basis of this variation in Drosophila using next generation sequencing, published genome sequences and the tools of Drosophila genetics. This will not only give insights into the molecular and cellular basis of how resistance to viruses evolves in nature, but population genetic approaches will also allow us to understand the factors that maintain variation in susceptibility to infection in populations. There will be scope for the successful applicant to drive the direction of their research, and they will be expected to collaborate closely with other post-docs in the lab.
We are seeking highly motivated candidates who have a deep interest in this area of research. You must have, or be about to obtain, a PhD and your past work will be in genetics or evolutionary biology. Relevant experience includes population genetic analysis, the analysis of next-generation sequencing data, Drosophila genetics and host-pathogen evolution and genetics.
The position is available immediately, but the start date is negotiable.
Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 October 2016 in the first instance.
Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.
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To apply for this position, 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 do not have one) and log in before completing the online application form.
Please upload a covering letter, summarising your interest in and suitability for the role, including a brief statement of research interests, qualifications and experience, together with a full CV and a list of your scientific publications.
Please quote reference PC02820 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.
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