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Postdoctoral Fellow - Bacterial Genomics and Evolution

Salary range: £31503 to £37305 per annum plus excellent benefits

Fixed-term for 3 years

We are seeking a talented, motivated and experienced bacterial genomics and evolution scientist who can actively coordinate analysis of multiple project datasets, develop new analysis protocols for use across the group and identify and establish new collaborations and new projects.

This is a rare and exciting opportunity for an experienced Postdoctoral Fellow or Staff Scientist to work within the Bacterial Genomics and Evolution team, under the leadership of Professor Nicholas Thomson. This team uses genomic approaches to explore questions of basic science relating to the evolution and spread of bacterial pathogens in both humans and animals.

Nick's team works in the areas of diarrhoeal disease and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Research areas include the study of diseases such as cholera and dysentery that continue to cause significant mortality and morbidity in low-income countries.

A strong cross-cutting theme in our current work is the understanding of antimicrobial resistance (AMR); probably the most important driving force directing bacterial evolution in recent times. The team also has a history of developing novel approaches for accessing genomic and transcriptomic data, for example to enable direct sequencing of genomes from swabs without the need to culture.

You will have substantial opportunities for learning and development, working closely with informaticians, wet-lab biologists, Postdoctoral Fellows and PhD students across the Infection Genomics Programme.

The position requires someone who has shown ability to execute projects and deliver results at a practical level while working relatively independently. This position aims to bring wet-lab based research together with in silico analysis. You would have experience of both but the minimum criterion is experience in one but a deep an interest in both disciplines.

Job Reference

Essential Skills

  • Good working knowledge and experience of bacterial genomics and evolution
  • Detail oriented and highly organized
  • Self-motivated, able to work independently and organise own workload
  • Ability to prioritise
  • Ability to interact professionally and productively with other members of a team
  • Data handling skills
  • Ph.D. in bio-medical science 

Ideal Skills

  • The ability to analyse and interpret genomic data with significant quantitative/computational skills
  • Dedicated towards meticulous record-keeping
  • Experience working with international collaborators
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Some wet lab experience (DNA /RNA extraction, PCR, qPCR…)
  • Experience of working at Containment Level 2
  • Consistent track record of data analysis and publishing papers 

Other information

The Wellcome Sanger Institute is a charitably funded research centre and committed to training the next generation of genome scientists. Focused on understanding the role of genetics in health and disease and a world leader in the genomic revolution, our mission is to use genome sequences to advance understanding of human and pathogen biology in order to improve human health. We aim to provide results that can be translated into diagnostics, treatments or therapies that reduce global health burdens. Our science is large-scale and organised into Programmes, led by our Faculty who conceive and deliver our science, and supported by our Scientific Operations teams responsible for all data production pipelines at the Institute. 

Our Campus: Set over 125 acresthe stunning and dynamic Wellcome Genome Campus is the biggest aggregate concentration of people in the world working on the common theme of Genomes and BioData. It brings together a diverse and exceptional scientific community, committed to delivering life-changing science with the reach, scale and imagination to solve some of humanity’s greatest challenges.  

The Campus is a community of organisations working in genomic research, enterprise, education and discourse. It is home to some of the world's foremost institutes and organisations in genomics and computational biology, including the Wellcome Sanger Institute which is the largest organisation on Campus, the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), Open Targets and Genomics England.  Also located here is Connecting Science - its mission is to enable everyone to explore genomic science and its impact on research, health and society by drawing on the ground-breaking research taking place on the Campus.

Genome Research Limited is an Equal Opportunity employer. As part of our commitment to gender equality and promoting women’s careers in science, we hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award. We will consider all qualified applicants without discrimination on grounds of disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law.

Please include a covering letter and CV with your application. Closing date: 11th October 2018