Postdoctoral Research Associate in Statistical Genetics

Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology, University of Oxford

Oxford, South East England, United Kingdom

Salary: Grade 7: £32,236 - £39,609 p.a.

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Scientist to study the genetics of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) using statistical models and methods development. This post will be based at the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology at NDORMS, University of Oxford.


As part of a collaborative project to understand the impact of IBD risk genes on the human immune system, you will work closely with statistical geneticists and experimental immunologists to develop new analysis techniques for genetic data. You will develop and apply statistical methodology, machine learning algorithms and/or computational tools to produce new biological insights into the results of genome-wide association studies. You will be part of the community of the immunology-focused Kennedy Institute and the data science focused Big Data Institute.


You will plan new studies with other team members, report regularly to the Group Head on scientific activities and any other issues that may influence the optimal running of the project and work independently and largely unsupervised. You will test hypotheses and analyse data from a variety of sources, reviewing and refining hypotheses as appropriate. Other duties will include maintaining records of all findings, sharing data with others, and supervising junior members of the lab.


You must hold a PhD degree (or near completion) or equivalent in a quantitative science subject, with experience of, and proven research skills, in high-throughput genetics or related big healthcare or biomedical data. You will have programming skills in R, python or C++, or good knowledge of other languages and a willingness to learn others. You will have the ability to manage the day-to-day running of a research project, the capacity to deliver high-quality research outputs, good spoken and written communication skills. Experience developing new methods for genome-wide association studies or related data types is desirable.


This is a full-time (part-time, minimum 60% FTE would be considered) position for 2 years.


Owing to the nature of the research at the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology, this job will require additional security pre-employment checks: a satisfactory basic Disclosure and Barring Service check


The closing date for this position is 12.00 noon on Friday 8 March 2019. You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement as part of your online application.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: University of Oxford-itox_ac-139030

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