Postdoc at Imperial

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Evolutionary Genomics

Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College London, United Kingdom.

Salary: £33,410 – £42,380 per annum
(maximum starting salary £35,190 per annum)

Closing date: 24 April 2015 (midnight BST)

This is an exciting opportunity for a Research Associate with interests in speciation and evolution. The successful candidate will carry out cutting edge research on the genetic mechanisms of ecological speciation in a well-known group of anciently asexual animals, the bdelloid rotifers. You will sequence whole genomes for related bdelloid species living in different habitats and use population genomic analyses to test alternative mechanisms behind their divergence. The work will involve bioinformatics, statistical methods in population genomics and computer models. You will work closely with a Research Technician who will conduct molecular labwork.

The position is funded for up to 3 years by the Natural Environment Research Council and will be based at the Silwood Park Campus. The successful candidates will work closely with Professor Tim Barraclough and his research group.

You must have a PhD or equivalent qualification in evolution, ecology, genetics or a closely related discipline, and one or more first author (or joint first author) publications. The successful candidate will have expertise in population genomics and/or statistics and modelling with a strong interest in evolutionary biology. Experience of bioinformatics including scripting and/or programming is essential. While not essential, experience of handling and archiving large datasets and experience of genome assembly and/or population genomics analysis, would be an advantage.

You must have experience of working in a team, be able to develop and apply new concepts and have a creative approach to problem-solving. You must also have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to write clearly and succinctly for publication.

Further details of the research group can be obtained from the research group website: For more information or with queries, contact Tim Barraclough at

Our preferred method of application is online via our website (please select “Job Search” then enter the job title or vacancy reference number including spaces – NS 2015 053 JT into “Keywords”). Please complete and upload an application form as directed.

Alternatively, if you are unable to apply online, please contact Mrs Christine Short on 020 7594 2276 or email to request an application form.

Closing date: 24 April 2015 (midnight BST)

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