Research Associate

Updated: 5 months ago
Location: Cardiff, WALES


School of Medicine



Research Associate
Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences
Cardiff University School of Medicine
College Of Biomedical and Life Sciences

A 2-year position is available for a Research Associate to analyse single cell RNA sequencing and ATAC-Seq data from the developing human brain. The post-holder will integrate this data with large-scale genomic data for neuropsychiatric disorders to identify cell types mediating genetic risk for these conditions.

The successful candidate will have prior experience in analysing functional genomic and GWAS data from human populations. 

This post is full time (35 hours per week), available from 1st October 2019 and fixed term until 30 September 2021.

Salary: £33,199 - £39,609 per annum (Grade 6).

Date advert posted: Thursday, 5 September 2019

Closing Date: Sunday, 22 September 2019

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world.  In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

Job Description

Main function

To conduct research within functional genomics and contribute to the overall research performance of the School and University, carrying out research leading to the publishing of work in high-quality journals. To pursue excellence in research and to inspire others to do the same.

Main Duties and Responsibilities


• To conduct research within functional genomics and contribute to the overall research performance of the School and University by the production of measurable outputs including bidding for funding, publishing in national academic journals and conferences, and the recruitment and supervision of postgraduate research students.
• To develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research including research funding proposals.
• To attend and or present at conferences/seminars at a local and national level as required.
• To undertake administrative tasks associated with the research project, including the planning and organisation of the project and the implementation of procedures required to ensure accurate and timely reporting.
• To prepare research ethics and research governance applications as appropriate.
• To review and synthesise existing research literature within the field.
• To participate in School research activities.
• To build and create networks both internally and externally to the university, to influence decisions,   explore future research requirements, and share research ideas for the benefit of research projects.


• To engage effectively with industrial, commercial and public sector organisations, professional institutions, other academic institutions etc, regionally and nationally  to raise awareness of the School’s profile, to cultivate strategically valuable alliances, and to pursue opportunities for collaboration across a range of activities. These activities are expected to contribute to the School and the enhancement of its regional and national profile.
• To undergo personal and professional development that is appropriate to and which will enhance performance.
• To participate in School administration and activities to promote the School and its work to the wider University and the outside world
• Any other duties not included above, but consistent with the role.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

Qualifications and Education

1. Postgraduate degree at PhD level (or nearing completion / submission) in a related subject area or relevant industrial experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

2. An established expertise and proven portfolio of research and/or relevant industrial experience within the following research fields:
i. Analysis of functional genomic data (particularly ATAC-Seq).
ii. Handling of large-scale genomic data relating to human psychiatric disorders.

3. Knowledge of current status of research in specialist fields, as in (2) above.

4. Proven ability to publish in national journals.

5. Proven ability to be successful in competitive research funding.

Communication and Team Working

6. Proven ability in effective and persuasive communication.

7. Ability to supervise the work of others to focus team efforts and motivate individuals.


8. Proven ability to demonstrate creativity, innovation and team-working within work.

Desirable Criteria

1. Evidence of ability to participate in and develop both internal and external networks and utilise them to enhance the research activities of the School.

Additional Information

The post holder will be the lead postdoctoral researcher on a Medical Research Council (U.K.) project grant to Dr Nick Bray. They will be responsible for the analysis of single cell RNA-Seq and ATAC-Seq data from human brain, and its integration with genome-wide data for neuropsychiatric disorders.

IMPORTANT: Evidencing Criteria

It is School of Medicine's policy to use the person specification as a key tool for short-listing. Candidates should evidence that they meet ALL of the essential criteria as well as, where relevant, the desirable. As part of the application process you will be asked to provide this evidence via a supporting statement.

Please ensure when submitting this document / attaching it to your application profile you name it with the vacancy reference number, in this instance for this post, 9048BR

If candidates do not provide written evidence of meeting all of the essential criteria then their application will not be progressed. The School of Medicine welcome the submission of CVs to accompany evidence of the job-based criteria.

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