Evolution/Bioinformatics Post-Doctoral Vacancies, Univ. Manchester UK, August 2016 #jobfairy

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JOB 1

We are looking for an ambitious and driven scientist to work on a world-leading project to uncover the origin of the eukaryotic cell. The work will involve the large-scale analysis of genomic data in order to identify homologies and reconstruct phylogenetic trees. We wish to pinpoint the genes that were present in the first eukaryotic cells.

The McInerney lab has recently moved from Ireland to the University of Manchester, UK. It houses a world-leading research environment in the area of evolutionary biology and bioinformatics. Work in the research group has focused on understanding horizontal gene transfer, the formation of composite genes by recombination, and the origins of the eukaryotic cell. The methods employed in the research group are entirely computational though we work quite frequently with wet bench scientists.

We are seeking a highly skilled post-doctoral researcher with a PhD and extensive expertise in computational molecular evolution. The researcher will be responsible for developing datasets of molecular sequences that are capable of addressing questions about the genomes of the first eukaryotic cells, for developing bespoke software programs and analysis pipelines and carrying out detailed phylogenetic analyses. Ideally, the candidate will have displayed their knowledge of this area of research by publication of phylogenetic and phylogenomic analyses of large-scale genomic datasets.

This role will also call for the occasional supervision of undergraduate and post-graduate students, development of new lines of research and assistance in writing manuscripts and grant proposals.

 

For more information on the McInerney Laboratory, please see http://mcinerneylab.com/

 

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

James McInerney: James.mcinerney@manchester.ac.uk

 

Person Specification:

 

Essential

  • A relevant PhD (or equivalent) and postdoctoral experience in computational molecular evolution.
  • Specialist knowledge and experience of phylogenetics, phylogenomics or allied disciplines.
  • Knowledge of programming languages, the linux operating system, high-performance computing.
  • Demonstrated track record in bringing projects to completion as evidenced by publication in international peer-reviewed journals.
  • Knowledge of data management for large datasets and manipulation and parsing of those datasets.
  • A strong collaborative ethos for team-based working.
  • Good communication (both written and oral) and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate complex information and material of a specialist or highly technical nature, orally, in writing and electronically.
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills with the ability to work with multiple research groups and effectively organise, plan and manage your workload accordingly.
  • Ability to liaise confidently and effectively with a range of individuals.
  • Flexible approach to dealing with research problems as they arise.
  • A self-motivated individual with the ability to work independently and as part of a team, and to collaborate with academic / industrial colleagues on areas of shared research interest.

You can find more information and apply for the position here: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AOH148/research-associate/



JOB 2:

We are looking for an ambitious and driven scientist to work on a world-leading project to uncover the origin of the eukaryotic cell. Your work will involve reconstructing ancestral metabolisms using a combination of expertise in metabolic modeling and information from contemporary genome sequences.
Closing date: 14/08/2016.
Reference: BM&H-08644.
Faculty / Organisational unit: Biology, Medicine & Health.
School / Directorate: School of Biological Sciences.
Division: Evolution & Genomic Sciences.
Employment type: Fixed Term.
Duration: As soon as possible until 31 August 2018.
Location: Oxford Road, Manchester.
Salary: £30,738 to £33,574 per annum.
Hours per week: Full time.
You can find more information and apply for the position here: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AOH144/research-associate-in-the-metabolism-of-the-first-eukaryote/


JOB 3:
We are looking for an ambitious and driven scientist to work on a world-leading project to develop tools and approaches for identifying and analyzing composite genes in genomes. Composite genes show partial homologies to more than one other kind of gene and in many instances, composite genes have formed by non-homologous recombination. This process has played a major role in giving us the diversity of proteins we see on the planet today. Your work will involve the development of computer code in order to better analyse the homology data in diverse genomes. The project is part of a larger program of research that seeks to describe the role of composite gene formation in evolution.
Closing date: 14/08/2016.
Reference: BM&H-08645.
Faculty / Organisational unit: Biology, Medicine & Health.
School / Directorate: School of Biological Sciences.
Division: Evolution & Genomic Sciences.
Employment type: Fixed Term.
Duration: As soon as possible until 31 August 2018.
Location: Oxford Road, Manchester.
Salary: £30,738 to £33,574 per annum.
Hours per week: Full time.
You can find more information and apply for the position here: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AOH156/research-associate-in-network-analysis-of-genomic-data/

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