Research Associate – Grade 7

Research Associate – Grade 7

University of Liverpool

Liverpool, United Kingdom

Faculty of Health & Life Sciences

Institute of Integrative Biology

Department of Evolution, Ecology & Behaviour

Research Associate – Grade 7

£34,188 – £39,610 pa

The Betancourt lab seeks a scientist with a background in bioinformatics and/or population genetics to work on an ERC-funded project to understand element invasions, or the movement of mobile elements among eukaryotic hosts. As a result of these invasions, most eukaryotic genomes have large burdens of parasitic DNA— up to 80%. We will work to understand how transposable elements launch successful invasions into host populations, and how their hosts evolve in response, using a combination of genomics, classical genetics, and molecular biology.

You will be part of a team including another postdoctoral researcher and a full and part-time research technician, embedded in the research group of Andrea Betancourt in the Department of Evolution, Ecology and Behaviour within the Institute of Integrative Biology. This research group has tackled a wide variety of questions in evolutionary genetics, addressing the role of recombination and sex-linkage in evolution, and the evolutionary pressure imposed by selfish elements in Drosophila. You will be encouraged to develop scientific independence during your tenure in the lab.

The Institute for Integrative Biology boasts a state-of-the-art Drosophila laboratory, cutting-edge facilities in DNA sequencing, proteomics, and microscopy, and a thriving and productive research group working on evolutionary biology, ecology and behaviour.

You should have a PhD degree in a relevant discipline (Biology, Genomics, Population Genetics, and Evolution) and experience analysing large data sets.

The post is available up to 31 May 2022.

Job Ref: 011484/N Closing Date: 6 May 2019

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