We are looking for an ambitious and driven scientist to work on a world-leading project to uncover the origin of the eukaryotic cell. The work will involve the large-scale analysis of genomic data in order to identify homologies and reconstruct phylogenetic trees. We wish to pinpoint the genes that were present in the first eukaryotic cells.
The McInerney lab has recently moved from Ireland to the University of Manchester, UK.
It houses a world-leading research environment in the area of evolutionary biology and bioinformatics.
Work in the research group has focused on understanding horizontal gene transfer, the formation of composite genes by recombination, and the origins of the eukaryotic cell. The methods employed in the research group are entirely computational though we work quite frequently with wet bench scientists.
We are seeking a highly skilled post-doctoral researcher with a PhD and extensive expertise in computational molecular evolution. You will be responsible for developing datasets of molecular sequences that are capable of addressing questions about the genomes of the first eukaryotic cells, for developing bespoke software programs and analysis pipelines and carrying out detailed phylogenetic analyses.
Ideally, you will have displayed their knowledge of this area of research by publication of phylogenetic and phylogenomic analyses of large-scale genomic datasets.
This role will also call for the occasional supervision of undergraduate and post-graduate students, development of new lines of research and assistance in writing manuscripts and grant proposals.
For more information on the McInerney Laboratory, please see http://mcinerneylab.com/
The School is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:
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Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:
Professor James McInerney, Chair in Evolutionary Biology
Tel: 0161 275 1843
Tel: 0161 275 4499
Tel: 01565 818 234
Date of external posting Wednesday 24 August 2016
This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.