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Position: Research Fellow
Institution: University College London
Department: Division of Biosciences - Research Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment
Location: London, United Kingdom
Duties: The successful applicant will develop and apply novel statistical approaches to identify genetic variants that have facilitated humans' ability to adapt over long-term timescales to their environments. Specifically, this work will leverage large-scale cohorts containing people of mixed ancestry, such as UK BioBank and genetic variation data from countries in Sub-Saharan Africa obtained by Dr. Hellenthal and collaborators, to identify such adaptive variants. The researcher will further correlate these genetic signals with historical disease burden and environmental pressures, to elucidate how migration spreads genetic variants associated with health outcomes. This research is part of a Wellcome Trust funded collaboration between international researchers, and will include collaborative visits to universities in Ethiopia (e.g. Addis Ababa University) and Cameroon (e.g. University of Yaounde I), in part to disseminate findings
Requirements: We are looking for a highly motivated individual, that holds (or has submitted) at the job start date a PhD in statistics, biostatistics, computational biology, bioinformatics, population genetics or similar, ideally with prior experience or a strong interest in genetics and population genetics. Prior knowledge of genetics is desirable, as well as coding experience, e.g. in c/c, perl/python and/or R; Candidates for the post should be confident working independently and committed to cultivating a collegial research atmosphere within the group and across the department. In addition, the successful candidate should have excellent organisational skills, be collaborative and have a passion for scientific research
   
Text: Research Fellow, - Ref:1886295 Click here to go back to search results Apply Now UCL Department / Division Division of Biosciences Specific unit / Sub department Research Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment Location of position London Grade 7 Hours Full Time Salary (inclusive of London allowance) £36,770 - £44,388 per annum Duties and Responsibilities The UCL Genetics Institute (UGI) is looking to appoint a statistical or computational postdoctoral researcher with a strong interest or background in population genetics, working in the lab of Dr. Garrett Hellenthal. The successful applicant will develop and apply novel statistical approaches to identify genetic variants that have facilitated humans' ability to adapt over long-term timescales to their environments. Specifically, this work will leverage large-scale cohorts containing people of mixed ancestry, such as UK BioBank and genetic variation data from countries in Sub-Saharan Africa obtained by Dr. Hellenthal and collaborators, to identify such adaptive variants. The researcher will further correlate these genetic signals with historical disease burden and environmental pressures, to elucidate how migration spreads genetic variants associated with health outcomes. This research is part of a Wellcome Trust funded collaboration between international researchers, and will include collaborative visits to universities in Ethiopia (e.g. Addis Ababa University) and Cameroon (e.g. University of Yaounde I), in part to disseminate findings. The post will be available from 1st September 2022 and will be for 36 months, with the possibility of extension subject to further funding. Where appropriate, successful applicants will also be supported in applying for funding independent of the PI's group, should they wish to do so. Key Requirements We are looking for a highly motivated individual, that holds (or has submitted) at the job start date a PhD in statistics, biostatistics, computational biology, bioinformatics, population genetics or similar, ideally with prior experience or a strong interest in genetics and population genetics. Prior knowledge of genetics is desirable, as well as coding experience, e.g. in c/c , perl/python and/or R. Candidates for the post should be confident working independently and committed to cultivating a collegial research atmosphere within the group and across the department. In addition, the successful candidate should have excellent organisational skills, be collaborative and have a passion for scientific research. Please note: Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at Research Assistant Grade 6B (Salary £32,217 - £33,958 per annum, including London Allowance) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis (including corrections). Further Details A job description and person specification, can be accessed at the bottom of this page. Please ensure you read these carefully before applying for the post. To apply for the vacancy please click on the 'Apply Now' button below. If you would like to discuss the post please contact Dr Garrett Hellenthal (g.hellenthal@ucl.ac.uk). If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Biosciences staffing on biosciences.staffing@ucl.ac.uk quoting the vacancy reference number: 1886295. UCL Taking Action for Equality Closing Date 28 Aug 2022 Latest time for the submission of applications 23:59 Interview date TBC Our department holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award, in recognition of our commitment to advancing gender equality. This appointment is subject to UCL Terms and Conditions of Service for Research and Support Staff. Please use these links to find out more about UCL working life including the benefits we offer and UCL Terms and Conditions related to this job. Job Description & Person Specification Apply Now
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