Postdoctoral Research Scientist (Tree of Life Pollinators)

Salary range:

£31,250 - £38,100

Post No.


Contract length:

24 months


Organisms and Ecosystems

Opening date:

04 June 2019

Closing date:

01 July 2019

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Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Scientist (Tree of Life Pollinators) to join the Haerty group at the Earlham Institute, based in Norwich, UK. In collaboration with Ian Barnes at the Natural History Museum London, the post holder will assemble and analyse the genome sequences of major Hymenoptera pollinators.

The Earlham Institute is looking for a Postdoctoral Research Scientist (Tree of Life Pollinators) to join the new Darwin Tree of Life Programme that aims to sequence the genomes of 66,000 known species of animals, plants, protozoa and fungi in the UK.

A major objective of the project is to characterise the current genomic diversity of the UK populations and through the sequencing of museum samples reconstruct the demographic history of these emblematic species and investigate the genomic impact of their population decline.

The post holder will be required to work with relevant EI staff and with outside collaborators to carry out necessary research to meet key deliverables for the project. The post holder may also serve as a key technical resource to clarify issues, participate in analysis, and apply comprehensive knowledge to contribute to the completion of assignments as part of several research projects.

The role:

This project will generate and compare genomic data from key Hymenoptera pollinator species sampled from current populations and museum collections. The post holder will be responsible for the assembling the genomes from long and short read sequencing technologies, calling genetic variation from low coverage sequencing of wild and museum specimen.

The post holder will investigate the genomic diversity of current populations, infer demographic parameters and compare these observations of past genetic diversity inferred from collection samples enabling the development of demographic models, and the study of the genomic impact of the populations decline on genomic diversity.

The ideal candidate:

The candidate must have a PhD in bioinformatics, evolutionary biology, population genetics or a related subject. They should have experience with population genetics, and genomics data.

The candidate should have working knowledge of programming languages such as Python, Perl, or R. They must be motivated and interested in applying innovative approaches to population genetics and comparative genomics.

Additional information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £31,250 to £38,100 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This is a full time post for a contract of 2 years.

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