Senior Research Associate in Statistical Genetics

Updated: 13 days ago
Location: Cambridge, ENGLAND
Deadline: 15 Oct 2020

We have a vacancy for a Senior Research Associate role and are inviting applications from outstanding postdoctoral researchers with a strong background and experience in genetic epidemiology, statistical genetics, bioinformatics or related fields.

The aim of the role is to provide expert statistical genetics and broader analytical support for the aetiological programmes at the MRC Epidemiology Unit. This role focusses on performing large-scale human studies for the identification of genetic determinants, genes and mechanisms relevant for Type 2 diabetes, obesity and related traits and disorders. The successful candidate will be responsible for performing and supporting other Unit researchers in the quality control, processing and analysis of genomic sequence data in large population studies, such as the UK Biobank Study, and also contribute to the analysis and interpretation of genome-wide association studies (GWAS).

The successful candidate will work in the Early Life Aetiology and Mechanisms of Diabetes and Related Metabolic Disorders programme, co-led by Prof Ken Ong and Dr John Perry, and will interact closely with the Aetiology and Mechanisms of Diabetes and Related Metabolic Disorders of Later Life programme, co-led by Dr Claudia Langenberg and Prof Nick Wareham.

We are looking for someone with a strong computational background and experience with using statistical genetics software packages to process and analyse large-scale human genetics data (GWAS, and exome or genome sequencing data). We anticipate that the candidate will also have experience in identifying and evaluating the utility of new software tools. Research experience in diabetes and related metabolic disorders and/or familiarity with metabolomic and proteomic datasets is an advantage.

The post is located at the MRC Epidemiology Unit, a department of the School of Clinical Medicine at the University of Cambridge's Biomedical Campus. The Unit's mission is to study the genetic, developmental and environmental factors that cause obesity, diabetes and related metabolic disorders and to develop and evaluate strategies for their prevention within the general population. The Unit's research programmes are funded by a core MRC award and also by a number of research grants.

The Unit also benefits from a number of cross-programme epidemiological datasets and specialist teams who support the scientists in the delivery of their research aims.

Approval to Senior Research Associate is subject to Faculty Board approval.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr. John Perry john.perry@mrc-epid.cam.ac.uk .

The closing date for applications is 15 October 2020 and interviews will be held on 23rd October 2020.

Please quote reference SJ23978 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.


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