Research Associate – Veterinary Medicine


University of Cambridge
Department of Veterinary Medicine
West Cambridge Site
Research Associate

Salary: £ £28,982.00 to £37,768.00

Limit of Tenure: 31 December 2019

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position to start from 1 January 2017 or as soon as possible after this date in evolutionary genomics, funded by the Wellcome Trust and Royal Society, on a project aiming to understand the link between reductive genome evolution and pathogenicity.

The main focus of the research will be testing the many competing hypotheses about why pathogens have smaller genomes than their non-pathogenic relatives. This will be done using the model system Streptococcus suis, which has evolved pathogenicity in concert with reductive evolution multiple times over recent timescales. This post will be based in Cambridge led by Dr Lucy Weinert, with opportunities to develop independent projects and to collaborate with Oxford University’s Clinical Research Unit in Vietnam, Huazhong Agricultural University in China, the US Department of Agriculture, Public Health Ontario and Wageningen University. The project will use genome sequencing data and tools from evolutionary genetics and systems biology in the first instance but could also involve the use of laboratory experiments depending on the applicant’s strengths.

Main duties will include:
• To take a lead role in the analysis of S. suis genome sequence data
• To work with collaborators to collate functional data from these genomes
• To review the current literature on genome reduction and pathogenicity
• To work with collaborators in experimental design and strategic planning and lab work
• To be involved in the preparation of manuscripts and grant proposals, and, if appropriate, to present research at national and international conferences

Applicants should have a PhD in evolutionary biology, microbiology, computational biology or a related discipline. Desirable skills will be experience with next generation sequencing data, microbiological laboratory practice and programming skills in Unix, python and R. A good understanding of systems biology, bacterial genomics and evolutionary genetics would be an advantage. The candidate must value teamwork and collaboration, and have good administrative and interpersonal skills.

To submit an application for this vacancy, please visit the vacancy pages on the following website: This will route you to the University’s Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) before completing the online application form. Further particulars for the role and information about the Department

Applicants should submit a CHRIS/6, CV, covering letter outlining suitability for the role and contact details for two references.
If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Closing date: 29 September 2016
Interviews will be held on: 13 October 2016

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