Research Associate

Job Description

We have an exciting opportunity for a motivated and enthusiastic individual interested in evolutionary biology and population genetics to join an interdisciplinary project funded by the Human Frontiers Science Project (HFSP) titled 'Seducing shifting sands - from genes to geoengineering’. You will lead the genetic side of this project and be responsible for field sampling (including Europe, North America, South Africa, Australia), leaf trait analysis, DNA library preparation and bioinformatic analysis. In collaboration with coastal ecologists and engineers, the project aims to understand how variation in sand dune building plants translates to whole landscape changes in terms of topography and resilience.

As a vital member of our team, you will receive encouragement and support to develop your own research projects, supervise postgraduate students, attend national and international conferences, and publish your findings in peer-reviewed journals. Additionally, you will collaborate closely with other Research Associates and PhD students in the laboratory.

We are seeking candidates with a PhD (or equivalent experience) in a relevant field and a strong analytical and quantitative skill set. Expertise in bioinformatics, in particular population genetic analyses and GWAS along with wet-lab experience of preparing samples for next-generation sequencing are also essential.

We build teams of people from different heritages and lifestyles from across the world, whose talent and contributions complement each other to greatest effect. We believe diversity in all its forms delivers greater impact through research, teaching and student experience.

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