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Research Associate in Evolutionary Biology
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: BMH-016397

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 18/03/2021

Salary: £32,816 to £33,797 per annum depending on relevant experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Biology, Medicine & Health

School/ Directorate: Evolution & Genomic Sciences

Hours per week: Full time

Contract Duration: Fixed term from 3 May 2021 until 2 May 2024

An exciting opportunity to join a diverse research group working in microbial evolution. The successful candidate will be part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers investigating the evolution of symbiosis.

The project, which is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council, explores the molecular mechanisms underlying evolutionary transitions from free-living to symbiosis using the Paramecium-Chlorella microbial symbiosis. Using a powerful combination of comparative genomics, metabolomics, and laboratory experimental evolution we will reveal the role of fitness trade-offs in the evolution of symbiosis.

The main responsibilities of this role include: bioinformatic analyses of whole genome sequence and metabolomic datasets (including both population genetic and phylogenetic analyses), design and supervision of laboratory experiments, collecting and managing multi-omics and experimental data, statistical analysis and data visualisation, and the dissemination of the findings through peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations. You will collaborate closely with the other project researchers and the investigators to deliver the research.

The candidate will have a PhD or equivalent in evolutionary biology or genetics, extensive knowledge of evolutionary biology, and excellent technical skills in bioinformatics. Candidates with training in population genetics and / or evolutionary genomics are strongly encouraged to apply.

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. All appointment will be made on merit. For further information, please visit:​​​​​​​

Happy to talk flexible working.

Blended working arrangements may be considered

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Prof. Michael Brockhurst


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

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria


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