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    Opportunity: Post-doctoral Research Scientist -- Disease Genomics (#IRC44504) @ MRC Functional Genomics Unit, University of Oxford--Oxford, UK
    Submitted by Dr Vivienne Collins; posted on Friday, February 17, 2012


    We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic post-doctoral scientist to join Professor Chris Ponting's research group in the internationally renowned MRC Functional Genomics Unit within the University of Oxford.

    You will join a research group that has established an international reputation for genome-scale data analyses, disease genomics, and function prediction for coding or non-coding sequence. This is one of three MRC-funded posts which form the core of Professor Chris Ponting's Computational Genomics group.


    The post will provide core biological and computational expertise in disease and trait genomics and in next-generation sequence analysis, and thus will contribute to a shift in the group's emphasis from comparing genomes among species, to comparing those within a population; from evolution to molecular mechanism; and, from function to molecular pathoaetiology.


    With a PhD / DPhil in the field of computational biology, bioinformatics, statistical genetics or comparative genomics, experience of scripting (e.g. Perl/Python), advanced UNIX and administering a Linux system are essential. Expertise in sequence analysis tools in biological research, current bioinformatics tools and resources, functional genomics and method development will also be desirable. Excellent organisational and communication skills will be required, together with the ability to work well within a team.


    You will work in the MRC Unit within the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics at the University of Oxford. The Functional Genomics Unit is a world-renowned centre for comparative genomics and research into neurological disorders. We offer excellent computational and laboratory facilities in the Henry Wellcome Building of Gene Function. Additional information about the Unit can be found at, whilst informal enquiries can be made to Prof. Chris Ponting at chris.ponting[at] For further information about the MRC please visit


    Depending on experience, the post-holder will be appointed to either a 3 year Career Development Fellowship or an open-ended Investigator Scientist position, with starting salary in the range GBP 26,022 to GBP 31,758 pa. This position is available immediately and provides opportunities to develop research project skills and develop collaborative links with colleagues within the University of Oxford and elsewhere. You will be entitled to benefits including 30 days annual leave, an excellent pension scheme and access to MRC training.


    Applications are handled by the RCUK Shared Services Centre; to apply please visit our job board at and complete an online application form. Applicants who would like to receive this advert in an alternative format (e.g. large print, Braille, audio or hard copy), or who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on 01793 867003, please quote reference number IRC44504.


    Application deadline: 4 April 2012. Interviews to be held: 4 May 2012.

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