Postdoctoral Research Associate in Parasite Genomics

University of Liverpool

University of Liverpool – Department of Infection Biology

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Institute of Infection and Global Health

You will join the Parasite Genomics research group led by Dr Andrew Jackson investigating antigenic diversity in African trypanosomiasis. African trypanosomes are vector-borne blood parasites that cause potentially fatal disease in Humans and livestock across sub-Saharan Africa. You will work on a project funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to devise methods for quantifying antigenic diversity from DNA sequence data and then apply these methods to disease settings across Africa. This new knowledge will be used to develop new antigen-based diagnostics, to expand our understanding of how antigenic diversity is regulated, and to identify potential new vaccine candidates. You should have a PhD in biological sciences or computational biology and be a fluent programmer in perl or equivalent language. You will have relevant experience of handling and analysing DNA/RNA sequence data and a representative publication record in bioinformatics/genome biology. Relevant experience of parasitology or infection biology would be advantageous. The post is available until 31 August 2018.

Job Ref: R-588434/JAC
Closing Date: 10 September 2015

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