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Research Associate in Population Genomics

£32,817 - £40,322 a year
Yorkshire And The Humber
University of York

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We are looking to recruit a highly-motivated Research Associate based in the Biology Department at the University of York to conduct research on Leishmania population genomics under the supervision of Dr. Daniel Jeffares.

The post will be part of the York Biomedical Research Institute, a recently created virtual institute that brings together researchers across the biomedical research spectrum. Research is consolidated into three themes, Immunology, Haematology and Infection (IHI), Neurosciences and Molecular and Cellular Medicine. Research within IHI ranges from fundamental studies on immunology, haematology, microbiology and parasitology through to first-in-human and other early phase clinical research. Our aim is to develop a greater understanding of the processes underlying chronic infectious and non-infectious disease, and thus to develop new approaches to prevention and treatment.


  • You will be expected to use next generation sequencing data to investigate genomic diversity and quantitative trait analysis, principally in Leishmania infantum.
  • To conduct individual and collaborative research under the supervision of Daniel Jeffares and to contribute to the production and publication of research. This will include: sample preparation/QC for genome sequencing; data archiving and sample management; analysis and interpretation of research data; use of appropriate research techniques and methods; writing research results for publications, seminar and conference presentations and public engagement and outreach activities; contributing to the identification of possible new areas of research
  • To assist in the identification and development of potential areas of research and the development of proposals for independent or collaborative research projects
  • To participate actively in the planning and management of research projects, including supervising the work (including undergraduate / Masters projects) of others and providing expert advice and guidance
  • To assist with Undergraduate teaching such as tutorials, where required

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

Candidates should possess a PhD in population genetics, genomics or a related science. An up to date knowledge of population genomics, evolutionary genomics or quantitative genetics is essential. You should have knowledge of bioinformatic research techniques and methodologies, be competent in computational sequence analysis and scripting, and have experience with the analysis of next-generation sequence data. Knowledge of Leishmania or other eukaryotic parasites is desirable, but not essential.

Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate the ability to write up research work for publication and in presenting work at conferences. You will have excellent communication skills and the ability to engage effectively with a wide-ranging audience.

Interview date: TBC

For informal enquiries: please contact please contact Daniel Jeffares on daniel.jeffares@york.ac.ukor alternatively contact the Biology DMT Hub on biol-dmthub@york.ac.uk

This post is available on a fixed term basis until 31 March 2022.

The University is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community – a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, staff engagement forums, campus facilities and services to support staff from different backgrounds.

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