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Research Associate - genome sequence of the first eukaryote
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: BM&H-08768

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 25/09/2016

Salary: £30,738 to £37,768 per annum

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Biology, Medicine & Health

Division: Evolution & Genomic Sciences

Hours per week: full time

Contract Duration: Available immediately until 31/08/2018

School / Directorate: School of Biological Sciences

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

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:

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CV's or applications from Recruitment Agencies

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Professor James McInerney, Chair in Evolutionary Biology


Tel: 0161 275 1843

General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 01565 818 234

Date of external posting Wednesday 24 August 2016

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

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