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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Natural Diversity RCUK Grow Colombia

Earlham Institute is seeking a highly motivated Postdoctoral Researcher to study genetic and genomic diversity of vertebrates species in Colombia.

About the GROW Colombia Programme:

Earlham Institute (EI) was recently awarded an RCUK-GCRF capacity building grant focused on preserving and managing biodiversity in Colombia. Colombia’s biodiversity is not only important for the country’s natural heritage and the preservation of unique species in the world, it is also essential for the improvement of human welfare, social equality and economic development.

The programme, led by Professor Federica Di Palma, is a multidisciplinary programme aimed at strengthening Colombian research capability in the biological sciences, computational biology, and socio-economics, and raising general awareness of the importance of biodiversity. The programme brings together an alliance of complementary skills from a wide range of partners to understand the mutual impacts of biodiverse ecosystems and sustainable agricultural productivity. Our goals are to build research capacity, partnerships and knowledge, with the longer-term goals of stimulating economic and social growth around biodiversity.

The funded programme sits alongside the BRIDGE Colombia network ( which is a multidisciplinary network of research organisations in the UK and Colombia founded in March 2017, to develop robust coordinated activities under a shared vision centred on biodiversity as a means to achieve sustainability and peace. The network actively facilitates collaborative and fully integrated research programmes; promotes research excellence and the use of innovation in technologies and approaches to develop resilience in research capabilities; stimulates partnerships; and promotes exchange of knowledge.

The Role:

EI is seeking a highly motivated Postdoctoral Researcher to study genetic and genomic diversity of vertebrates species in Colombia. The post holder will be responsible to for conducting bioinformatics analyses associated with the project. Part of the project aims at enabling high throughput species identification from Museum and fresh samples sequenced using both traditional approaches (Illumina sequencing) or emerging technologies (Oxford Nanopore).

The post holder will also be responsible for the development of analytical pipelines and the downstream analyses. Including species and population diversity quantification, population parameters and population structuration estimation. Another section of the projects aims at sequencing the genomes of emblematic Colombian Vertebrates species. The post holder will be involved in the assembly, annotation and analysis of the genomes.

The post holder will be required to work with relevant EI staff and with outside collaborators to carry out necessary research to meet key objectives for the project. The post holder may also serve as a key technical resource to clarify issues, participate in analysis, and apply comprehensive knowledge to contribute to the completion of other research projects as part of the RCUK-GCRF funded programme.

The Ideal Candidate:

The successful applicant will ideally have a PhD in bioinformatics, population genomics, evolutionary biology or a related subject with experience of working on genomics and transcriptomics data and bioinformatics. Experience with NGS analysis (DNA and RNA-Seq) as well as scripting (PERL / Python) are essential. Experience with working on animal genomics or low-input samples is highly desirable.

Additional Information:

Full time post for a period of three years.

For further information and details of how to apply, please visit our web site or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or  quoting reference 1003448.

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