Senior Research Assistant / Senior Scientist (Protist Genomics)

Salary range:

£31,625 - £48,775

Post No.


Contract length:

36 months


Darwin Tree of Life project

Opening date:

05 November 2019

Closing date:

03 December 2019

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The role:

Applications are invited for a Senior Research Assistant / Senior Scientist in protist genomics to support the Darwin Tree of Life project at the Earlham Institute (EI), based in Norwich, UK. This exciting position forms part of the Darwin Tree of Life Project to provide high-quality genome assemblies for all eukaryotic species in the British Isles. EI, along with the University of Exeter, will be leading the analysis of protists (single-celled eukaryote) genomes. Protists are often referred to as ‘biology’s dark matter’ as there is so little known about their biology and biodiversity.

This role will develop, validate and apply high-throughput methodologies for large-scale sequencing of protist genomes, including cell sorting and automated library preparation, and providing continuous improvements and extensions to current systems; this will involve translating single-cell methodologies into robust, production-scale protocols and generate high-quality data using these protocols.

Required qualifications and experience:

Applicants should possess a PhD or equivalent experience in molecular biology and a good understanding of modern DNA sequencing technologies. Experience in the preparation of next-generation sequencing (NGS) libraries, laboratory automation, and validation of new protocols is essential. Experience in single-cell and/or microbial genomics would be advantageous.

The ideal candidate for the Senior (grade SC5) post will also be familiar with tools and algorithms used for analysis of next-generation sequencing (NGS) data, and have demonstrable experience with fluorescence activated cell-sorting (FACS) analysis platforms and single-cell genomics and/or method development in a genomics context.

Additional information:

Appointments made at the Senior Research Assistant level (grade SC6) will attract an annual salary of £31,625 - £38,575. Appointments made at Senior Scientist level (grade SC5) will attract an annual salary of £39,990 - £48,775. Salaries are dependent on qualifications and experience. This is a full-time post for a period of 3 years.

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