The Earlham Institute

Postdoctoral Research Scientist (Tree of Life Pollinators)

The Earlham Institute

Norwich, United Kingdom

Postdoctoral Research Scientist (Tree of Life Pollinators)

The Earlham Institute is looking for three motivated people to join the new Darwin Tree of Life Programme that aims to sequence the genomes of 66,000 known species of animals, plants, protozoa and fungi in the UK. This is part of a global effort to sequence the genomes of 1.5 million species on Earth.

Work at the Earlham Institute will focus on analysing genomes to further our understanding of evolutionary processes that drive biodiversity in populations and ecosystems. We are also involved in applying genomics to the conservation and management of valuable ecosystems and to the sustainable use of biodiversity for public good.

All three roles will be based at the Earlham Institute on the Norwich Research Park where they will join a diverse community of scientists with expertise in genomics, biology, evolution, bioinformatics, computing and biotechnology.”

One of these roles is for a Postdoctoral Research Scientist (Tree of Life Pollinators) to join the join the Laboratory of Dr Wilfried Haerty.


The Darwin Tree of Life consortium aims to generate the genome sequence of every living species of the British Isles.

As part of this highly collaborative project, we will sequence, assemble and investigate the genomes of key Hymenoptera pollinator species. We aim to characterise the current genomic diversity of these species, identify key demographic parameters and through the sequencing of historical samples establish past genomic diversity and infer the evolutionary trajectories of these emblematic yet declining species.

This BBSRC funded project will be based in the Haerty lab at the Earlham Institute and in collaboration with Ian Barnes at the Natural History Museum, London.

The role:

This project will generate and compare genomic data from key Hymenoptera pollinator species sampled from current populations and museum collections. The post holder will be responsible for the assembling the genomes from long and short read sequencing technologies, calling genetic variation from low coverage sequencing of wild and museum specimen.

The post holder will investigate the genomic diversity of current populations, infer demographic parameters and compare these observations of past genetic diversity inferred from collection samples enabling the development of demographic models, and the study of the genomic impact of the populations decline on genomic diversity.

The ideal candidate:

The candidate must have a PhD in bioinformatics, evolutionary biology, population genetics or a related subject. They should have experience with population genetics, and genomics data. The candidate should have working knowledge of programming languages such as Python, Perl, or R. They must be motivated and interested in applying innovative approaches to population genetics and comparative genomics.

Additional information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £31,250 to £38,100 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This is a full time post for a contract of 2 years.

For further information and details of how to apply, please visit our web site or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or quoting reference 1003694.

As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy.

The closing date for applications will be 1 July 2019.

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