Postdoctoral Research Associate

University of Edinburgh

United Kingdom

October 10, 2022

Description

Job Identification

5034

Job Category

Academic

Locations

  • Ashworth Laboratories, Edinburgh, EH9 3FL, GB
  • Posting Date

    09/12/2022, 04:58 PM

    Apply Before

    10/10/2022, 11:00 PM

    Job Schedule

    Full time

    Health and Safety Requirements

    Key hazards identified (plan is in place)

    Criminal Record Check

    No criminal record check required

    Contract Type

    Fixed Term

    Job Description

    Grade UE07: £35,333 - £42,155 per annum

    College of Science and Engineering/ School of Biological Sciences/ Institute of Ecology and Evolution

    Fixed-term contract: 36 months (Expected dates: 1/01/2023–31/12/2025)

    Full time: 35 hours per week

    A postdoctoral research position is available in the lab group of Dr Matthew Hartfield, through a recently-funded ERC Consolidator Grant/UKRI Frontier Research Grant (SelectSelf – Rethinking Evolution in Self-Fertilising Species). We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated postdoctoral researcher who is interested in evolutionary genetics and mating-system evolution.

    The Opportunity:

    The focus of the project will be to:

    1) Develop novel mathematical models to quantify how high-diversity regions are maintained in self-fertilising species.

    2) Build these into inference tools to determine the source of high-diversity regions from genome data, with application to a dataset of Caenorhabditis genomes.

    There will also be scope for the postdoc to develop their own research plans with a view to becoming an independent investigator. The project will involve collaboration with partners within the UK and overseas. There are substantial funds within the grant for computing and conference attendance. The project will be funded for three years in the first instance, with a possibility for extension based on performance and financial availability.

    Your skills and attributes for success:

  • Interest in theoretical and computational population genetics.
  • PhD in a quantitative biological discipline (or another quantitative subject, e.g., computer science).
  • Knowledge of computational biology tools, including R and command-line interfaces.
  • Evidence of creativity and problem-solving to tackle scientific problems.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Click here for a copy of the full job description

    As a valued member of our team you can expect:

    An exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent and reward success. You will benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which includes a generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme , staff discounts, family friendly initiatives , flexible working and much more. Access our staff benefits page for further information and use our reward calculator to find out the total value of pay and benefits provided.

    The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality.

    The University is able to sponsor the employment of international workers in this role. If successful, an international applicant requiring sponsorship to work in the UK will need to satisfy the UK Home Office's English Language requirements and apply for and secure a Skilled Worker Visa.

    About Us

    As a world-leading research-intensive University, we are here to address tomorrow's greatest challenges. Between now and 2030 we will do that with a values-led approach to teaching, research and innovation, and through the strength of our relationships, both locally and globally.

    About the Team

    As the modern inheritors of our 400-year-old reputation for excellence, our staff and students contribute to a vibrant academic community whose visions are shaping tomorrow's world. The School of Biological Sciences is at the leading edge in teaching, research and innovation. Independent rankings such as the Times Higher Education consistently place us amongst the top 25 universities in the world for biological sciences. We aim to ensure that our culture and systems support flexible and family-friendly working and to recognise and value diversity across all our staff and students. The School has an active programme offering support and professional development opportunities for all staff. We place a particular focus on development for early-career researchers (postgraduate and postdoctoral research staff and personal fellowship holders), offering mentoring and an active ‘BioDocSoc' organisation that brings together researchers for networking, events and training opportunities.

    The School of Biological Sciences holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance the representation of women in science, mathematics, engineering and technology.

    Our website contains more information about the School.

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    About the employer

    Established in 1582, the University of Edinburgh is known to be the sixth oldest university in Scotland. It is an open institution. Earlier, it was known as the Tounis College and later on, it was named as the University of...