We are hiring a Research Associate (RA) in bioinformatics as part of an inter-disciplinary project on the origin of eukaryotic cells. The RA will use phylogenomics, comparative genomics and relevant palaeobiological methods to investigate the provenance of prokaryotic genes in eukaryotes and the timing of their integration into the nascent eukaryotic lineage. The RA will be based in the Molecular Palaeobiology group (Schools of Biological Sciences and Earth Sciences) at the University of Bristol, where they will work closely with a supervisory team comprising Dr. Tom Williams, Prof. Phil Donoghue FRS and Prof. Davide Pisani.
What will I be doing?
You will design (collaboratively with the project team) and carry out phylogenetic and comparative genomic analyses into the origin of eukaryotes, the timing of eukaryotic origins (for example, using relaxed molecular clocks), and the phylogenetic source of prokaryotic genes in eukaryotes.
The project is highly collaborative and inter-disciplinary, both among fields (palaeobiology, phylogenetics, method development) and among countries/cultures, with team members in Bristol, Budapest (Dr. Gergely Szöllősi) and Den Helder (Dr. Anja Spang).
More broadly, the project is part of a larger global initiative on the origin of eukaryotes funded jointly by the Simons and Moore Foundations, and you will present their work at regular meetings of the entire consortium.
You should apply if
You are interested in the origin of eukaryotic cells, “deep” phylogeny, and/or microbial evolution You have (or will shortly have) a PhD in a relevant area, and a track record of high-quality evolutionary research. You have experience in phylogenetics, comparative genomics, or other areas of bioinformatics You have experience with bash/high performance computing environments, Python, R, or other similar scripting languages You like interacting with collaborators who have different perspectives, and are interested in learning and applying new techniques for studying evolution.
For informal enquiries please contact Dr Tom Williams, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contract type: Open-ended Work pattern: Full-time Grade: I Salary: £33,797 - £38,017 per annum School/Unit: Biological Sciences Shift pattern: No This advert will close at 23:59 GMT on Sunday 31st January 2021
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