Postdoctoral Research Associate / Fellow in Bioinformatics

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Exeter, ENGLAND
Deadline: 08 Dec 2021

The College of Life and Environmental Sciences 

This full-time post is available immediately on a fixed term basis until 31 December 2024.

The post

The College wishes to recruit either a Postdoctoral Research Associate or Fellow in Bionformatics to support the work of Professor Austin Smith. This Medical Research Council and European Research Council funded post is available immediately on a fixed term basis until 31st December 2024. The role holder will undertake a programme of computational and bioinformatics analyses to decipher the regulatory networks of pluripotency in human and other mammals.

The post will include developing and implementing algorithms, analysis methods and visualisation tools for dissecting and integrating ‘omics datasets.

About you

The successful applicant will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically and prepare proposals and applications to external bodies.

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD (or nearing completion for those applying at Associate level) or possess an equivalent qualification/experience in bioinformatics or computational biology and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. Applicants will have research expertise in high-throughput data analysis with competence in a UNIX/Linux environment and programming/scripting language. You will have experience in next generation sequence analysis, including single cell transcriptomics. You should have a general understanding of molecular cell biology and of next generation sequencing methodologies and be able to work in productive partnerships with experimental researchers. Specific knowledge of stem cell or developmental biology is not required, and training will be provided as needed.

What we can offer you

  • Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research;
  • Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly
  • An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development
  • Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career
  • A multitude of staff benefits including sector leading benefits around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), Paternity leave (up to 6 weeks full pay), and a new Fertility Treatment Policy
  • A beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning Devon

 The University of Exeter

We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019). We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, achieving a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017.

Our research income in recent years means we’re the fastest growing UK Research University with some of the world’s most influential scientists, and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today through this. 98% of our research is of international quality (2014 Research Excellence Framework). We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students. Exeter is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO Creative City . In 2019, Devon was voted as having the best quality of life of anywhere in England and Wales, making it a popular choice for both work and study.

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

With over 27,000 students and 6,400 staff from 180 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment where our diversity is celebrated and valued as a major strength. We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where all members of our community are supported to thrive; where diverse voices are heard through our engagement with evidence-based charter frameworks for gender (Athena SWAN), race equality (Race Equality Charter Mark), LGBTQ+ inclusion (Stonewall Diversity Champion) and as a Disability Confident employer. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented within our working community. Reasonable adjustments are available for interviews and workplaces.

Further information

For further information please contact Professor Austin Smith, e-mail

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