Postdoctoral Position in comparative genomics of Antarctic and sub-Antarctic insects

Postdoctoral Position in comparative genomics of Antarctic and sub-Antarctic insects

Job Description

 

Job Title: Postdoctoral Position in comparative genomics of Antarctic and sub-Antarctic insects
Accountable to:

University of Birmingham (UoB)

Responsible for:

University of Birmingham (UoB)

Appointment: February/March 2020            
Remuneration:

 
Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,942 to £40,322. With potential progression once in post to £42,792 a year

Overview of the Research at University of Birmingham (UoB):

 

The Hayward “Insect Molecular physiology” lab is based within the School of Biosciences at UoB. This lab is next door to the state of the art Functional Genomics Facility, which is part of a large recent investment in Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) at UoB. The University also has a high performance computing cluster (BlueBEAR), which is powered by approx. 2000 cores with 100Gb EDR Infiniband interconnect; all tightly coupled with the wider BEAR including the Research Data Store (RDS). The position with be co-supervised by Prof Pete Convey at BAS, offering access to specialist research facilities and the extensive polar library at BAS HQ in Cambridge

Overview of the Postdoctoral Position in comparative genomics of Antarctic and sub-Antarctic insects

 

UoB is seeking a postdoctoral researcher with both bioinformatics and field biology experience. Applicants must hold a PhD-degree and evidence of bioinformatics experience is critical, ideally at postdoc level. The candidate will be required to (i)understand theoretical underpinnings of sequence alignment algorithms for next generation sequencing (NGS) data; (ii) have proven experience in NGS analysis and comparative genomics (experience of RNA-seq, Chip-seq or metabolomics data also useful); (iii) have knowledge of data visualization methods and of bioinformatics resources such as annotation tools and databases; (iv) have knowledge of methods and approaches for data integration; and a strong statistical genetics background. The position will also offer an opportunity for Antarctic field research to acquire samples from different locations. Consequently, experience of working independently in a field research setting, ideally insect biology related, is highly desirable. This element will be supported by our project partners at BAS (Bird Island), as well as our collaborators in the USA (Palmer Station Antarctica), Chile (Puerto Williams) an France (Crozet Island).

Further details on the specific responsibilities of the position

Application Process

For full consideration, please apply by 17th December 2019
For further information, please contact Dr Scott Hayward at s.a.hayward@bham.ac.uk