3-year Post-doctoral Position

School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Queen Mary University of London, UK

We are seeking a well qualified and enthusiastic postdoctoral researcher to play a key role in an exciting project that will develop methods for detecting genetic convergence among mammalian genomes. Our previous work has revealed evidence of convergent sequence evolution in a cochlea “hearing gene” among lineages of bats and whales that have independently evolved echolocation and associated ultrasonic hearing (see PNAS 105, 13959-13964, 2008; Curr. Biol. 20, R53-54, 2010). For this new project we plan to use next-generation sequencing technologies to extend our approaches and test for signatures of convergence at a genome-scale.

We need a post-doc with excellent skills in bioinformatics, who will be able to lead the assembly, alignment (incl. some basic annotation) and analysis of genome datasets. The post-doc will need a strong background in evolutionary biology and knowledge of phylogenetics models and experience of molecular biology would also be highly desirable. Training can also be given where needed and there will be opportunities to attend conferences, to help supervise students and contribute to the intellectual and social life of the School. The successful applicant will be joining a team of young biologists with complimentary expertise in bioinformatics, genome biology and mammalian evolution.

The position is funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (UK) and has a starting salary of up to £33, 569 per year plus pension and other benefits. The start date will be February, 2011. To apply, please send a cover letter and CV including a list of publications to Stephen Rossiter at [email protected]. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed and their references will be followed up.

Stephen Rossiter, QMUL

Elia Stupka, QMUL/UCL

James Cotton, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute