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    Opportunity: Post-doctoral Research Scientist -- Cellular Omics for Disease (#IRC62326) @ MRC Functional Genomics Unit -- Oxford, UK
    Submitted by Dr Vivienne Collins; posted on Tuesday, August 07, 2012


    We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic post-doctoral scientist to join Dr Caleb Webber's research group within the Computational Biology division, headed by Prof Chris Ponting, of the internationally renowned MRC Functional Genomics Unit within the University of Oxford.


    You will join a research division that has established an international reputation for genome-scale data analyses, disease genomics and cellular pathway analyses. This post, funded for five years in the first instance by the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI), lies at the heart of a large international consortium ( that will generate and interrogate induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-derived cells to better understand and identify novel therapeutics for a range of human disorders. Together, we will build on next-generation analyses and network profiling techniques developed in the division and apply them to `omics' profiles (transcriptomics, metabolomics, proteomics) obtained for Stembancc disease-relevant iPSC-derived cells. From your cellular `omics' perspective, you will be able interact with many Stembancc groups working on diverse challenges, from cell identity through to disease phenotype. There will be significant opportunities to develop an informatics leadership role as the group's contribution to Stembancc research grows during the course of the project.


    With a PhD / DPhil in the field of computational biology, bioinformatics, statistical genetics or comparative genomics, experience of scripting (e.g. Perl/Python) and advanced UNIX/linux skills are essential. Expertise in sequence analysis 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 Dr Caleb Webber at caleb.webber[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 IRC62326.


    Application deadline: 10th September 2012. Interviews to be held: 26th September 2012.

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