Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Salary range:

£32,255 - £39,345

Post No.


Contract length:

5 Months

Opening date:

15 October 2020

Closing date:

04 November 2020

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Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Scientist to join the group of David Swarbreck (Earlham Institute) in a collaborative project with Saskia Hogenhout (John Innes Centre) and Cock van Oosterhout (School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia) to conduct research on a BBSRC funded project studying the population genomics and evolution of host adaptation in a (largely) clonally evolving pest species, the green peach aphid (GPA) Myzus persicae.

The role:

The Postdoctoral Research Scientist will undertake innovative research utilising next generation sequencing and functional genomics tools to understand how the green peach aphid Myzus persicae is able to colonize multiple plant species and evolved resistance to a large range of pesticides. The Researcher will be based in the group of David Swarbreck (EI) and interact closely with the groups of Hogenhout (JIC) and van Oosterhout (UEA) on the Norwich Research Park. They will perform genome analysis and annotation, identify genes that are differentially expressed and spliced, correlate this with DNA methylation data and conduct evolutionary analyses of genes among insect species.

The ideal candidate:

The successful applicant will be highly motivated with an interest in insect genomics, various aspects of RNA biology such as (small) RNA sequencing and annotation, be familiar with the analysis of next generation sequencing data and have experience of bioinformatics software, unix and scripting languages. They will work within a larger team and hence good interpersonal communication skills and an excellent track record for reporting, organising and sharing data is required. Data and analyses have already been generated and candidates with good writing skills are likely to be able to publish quickly.

Additional information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £32,255 to £39,345 per annum depending on qualifications and experience.

The project is for a minimum of five months with a possible five month extension, and the start date is immediate. The genome and transcriptome data for the project has been generated already, and hence, the successful candidate would be able to conduct the bioinformatics remotely, communicating with the research team by MS Teams, Skype or Zoom.

Please note, this post does not meet UKVI requirements to provide Tier 2 visa sponsorship.

For further information and details of how to apply, please visit our web site or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or quoting reference 1003950.

As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy.

The closing date for applications will be 4th November 2020.