Postdoctoral Research Assosciate

Updated: 19 days ago
Location: Exeter, ENGLAND
Deadline: 08 Nov 2022

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

This full time post is available immediately until the 30th January 2025.

The post

We are seeking an enthusiastic postdoctoral researchers with a background in bioinformatics, computational biology or data science to join a world-leading team of researchers to study the genetic basis of diabetes and related conditions.  

You will be working with Professor Michael Weedon and Dr Kashyap Patel in the world leading department of genomic medicine to understand the impact of rare genetic variants on risk of diabetes and related disorders using extremely large-scale cohorts. The position will involve analysis of exome and genome sequence data, SNP array data and clinical data. You will work collaboratively with a world leading team of bioinformaticians, molecular geneticists and clinicians working in monogenic diabetes and polygenic diabetes .

About you

You will:

- possess a PhD/DPhil/MSc (or near completion) in bioinformatics, genetics, data science, mathematics, statistics, computer science or a related field

- have a successful track record in academic research that includes the statistical analysis and interpretation of complex or large datasets, and excellent problem-solving abilities

- experience analysing exome sequence, SNP chip or clinical data will be desirable, but not essential

-a good knowledge of Python, R or similar language and the ability to write and develop scripts as well as modify and implement open source or published code is desirable.

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
  • 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 

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 2022 and QS World University Ranking 2022).  

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. More than 99% of our research is of international quality and our world-leading research impact is growing faster than any other Russell Group university (2021 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. Read about our world leading research – Green Futures and how we are transforming education for a changing world. We are located in a beautiful part of the country and Exeter (a fast growing tech hub) is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO Creative City .

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.

Benefits

We offer some fantastic benefits including: 

  • 41 days leave per year
  • options for flexible working
  • numerous discounts at leading retailers
  • onsite gyms and a cycle to work scheme
  • sector leading policies around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), paternity leave (up to six weeks full pay) and a new Fertility Treatment Policy
  • stunning campus environments in Exeter and Cornwall, in the beautiful South West of England

Further information

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Dr Michael Weedon, M.N.Weedon@exeter.ac.uk; 07749674355 or Dr Kash Patel,  K.A.Patel@exeter.ac.uk ; 07984165841.


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