Research Associate in Bioinformatics and Genomic Analysis (Fixed Term)
Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 36 months in the first
The McDonald Institute invites applications for a full-time Research Associate
to work for 36 months on the ERC-funded project "MOBILE: Movement networks and
genetic evolution among tropical hunter-gatherers of island Southeast Asia".
The appointee will join a team based in the University of Cambridge along with
international collaborators to work on the above project which will study the
relationship between mobility, social networks, and community genomics among
traditional hunter-gatherer communities in Indonesia. The project will include
both microbiome and human genomic work, and the appointee will take a major
role in analysing this in the context of rich behavioural data annotation. The
role holder joins the project in its first year, with pilot data generation
involving several Indonesian populations ongoing, and will take a major role
in all aspects of the bioinformatic analysis of sequencing data. The appointee
may be involved to a limited degree in wet-lab work and/or sample collection
depending on experience and project needs.
The post holder must have a PhD (or have submitted their doctoral thesis and
are awaiting viva) and research experience in bioinformatics, population
genomics, microbiome analysis or a closely related area. Preference will be
given to candidates with experience working with human and/or microbiome
systems. Experience with bioinformatic analysis of high-throughput sequence
data, including scripting in one or more appropriate computer languages, is
essential, and the candidate should be comfortable working on large genomic
datasets using high performance computing systems. Knowledge of methods for
analysing microbiome diversity is highly desirable. Knowledge of methods for
inferring evolutionary processes, including selection and demographic history,
from genomic variants is also desirable. Previous experience or general
knowledge of genetics wet-lab methods and/or fieldwork would be an advantage.
Indonesian language skills are not required for the role but could be an
The post holder is expected to possess some research experience with
sufficient breadth/depth of specialist knowledge in the discipline and of
research methods and techniques to work within and enrich the research
programme. They will be able to complete tasks in accordance with a realistic
timetable, take initiative in developing research approaches, and contribute
to the publication of results in scientific journals in a timely manner.
The closing date for applications is 7 January 2022. Starting date: April 2022
(flexible). Interviews with shortlisted candidates will be carried out in
person or by video call in February/March.
We particularly welcome applications from women and/or candidates from ethnic
minorities for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this
level in our department.
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Please include a Cover Letter, CV, a copy of a relevant publication, and
details of two referees in your application.
Applications are a two-stage process involving an initial application followed
by interview (see further particulars by following the link below for
details). Please do not apply without consulting the further particulars as
these give you essential information about the procedure and the documents you
need to submit. Informal inquiries may be addressed to Dr Guy Jacobs (email:
Please quote reference JC28997 on your application and in any correspondence
about this vacancy.
The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and
encourages applications from all sections of society.
The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible
to live and work in the UK.
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
24 November 2021
7 January 2022