University of Aberdeen
School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition
Research Fellow in Child Stunting Genomics (Epigenetics & Microbiome)
Applications are invited for a full-time Postdoctoral Research Scientist working in the area of genomics to join a multidisciplinary, multicentre team studying the biology of child growth and development in three low- and middle-income countries (India, Indonesia and Senegal). The project (‘Action on Stunting’) is a UK Research and Innovation Global Challenges Research Fund Hub.
The post-holder will work on the epigenetic and microbiome components of the project. The field collections, sample processing, and much of the analytical work, will be carried out in the study countries (India, Indonesia, and Senegal) by local staff under the supervision and guidance of the post-holder. You will be based in Aberdeen but will be required to travel to the study sites and laboratories. You will develop and adapt methods for use in the study countries and provide training for local staff. You will be expected to oversee quality assurance and quality control of the analysis, data transfer and processing, and bioinformatics using the University of Aberdeen’s Maxwell High Performance Supercomputer. You will play a key role in the statistical analysis, interpretation, write-up, and dissemination of results. You will work closely with the study team and project leads on the production of reports and publications and in stakeholder engagement.
You will have a PhD in a relevant area of genomic research (preferably human epigenetics, genetics, computational biology, bioinformatics or microbiomics). Experience in the quantitative aspects of handling genomic data is essential, as is a good understanding of genome biology. Previous experience in next generation sequencing and bioinformatics (preferably working with Illumina platforms) is desirable. Evidence of a significant role in research publication is preferred.
Successful candidates will be motivated and organised, with excellent verbal and written communication skills. A willingness to travel and work with a diverse group of researchers in rewarding and stimulating environments, and the ability to work independently in collaboration with a large multi-disciplinary team, are essential.
Salary will be at the appropriate point on the Grade 6 salary scale (and negotiable with placement according to qualifications and experience).
The position is available on a project-limited basis until 12 February 2024.
The closing date for receipt of applications is 15 December 2019.
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