Post-Doctoral Research Assistant

Job details
Posting date: 30 October 2020
Salary: £34,804 to £40,322 per month
Hours: Full time
Closing date: 29 November 2020
Location: Liverpool, Merseyside
Company: Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
Job type: Contract
Job reference: Ref 244-20

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We are looking for an experienced PDRA to work within a project team providing bioinformatics support for analysis of genomic and transcriptomic insecticide resistance data and samples.

Purpose of the Role:
You will work primarily within the scope of a large programme grant aiming to identify genetic and transcriptomic variation underlying resistance to insecticides used for Anopheles malaria vector control in Africa, mapping the predictive value of diagnostic markers.

You will be encouraged to develop other research projects to support fellowship applications.

The Role:
The role will involve analysis of WGS (Whole-genome sequencing) and RNA sequencing data sets along with characterisation of putative insecticide resistance associated variants through in silico approaches.

Key responsibilities to this role (but not limited to):
• Ability to analyse genomic and transcriptomic data from insect disease vectors and investigate candidate variants
• Develop and deliver training to project partners from disease endemic countries
• Provide training and supervision for postgraduate students and collaborate on their project analyses
• Develop novel projects to help generate ideas and data to support new project applications
• Produce and disseminate research outputs
• Prepare and write peer-reviewed publications for the scientific community

Please see the job description for further details

The Candidate:
You will have excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work as an integral and cooperative member of a multi-disciplinary, multi-national research team. You will well-developed research skills with the ability to effectively present research findings in oral and written format.
Ideally, we are seeking a candidate that can demonstrate experience and qualifications as detailed below.
• PhD in relevant area (genetics, biology, biological computing)
• Experience of using programmes such as PYTHON and R
• Strong bioinformatic skills
• Record of publication in peer reviewed international journals
• Strong molecular genetic analytical skills
• An ability to communicate with specialists from a variety of disciplines: vector biology, biostatistics, parasitology, epidemiology
• Knowledge of health and safety regulations and legal requirements
• It is desirable that you can demonstrate experience in molecular laboratory techniques and have previous experience in Vector Biology

Closing Date: 29th November 2020

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