Postdoc in evolotionary genetics (UK) ~

24 de agosto de 2012

Postdoc in evolotionary genetics (UK)

A postdoctoral research assistant position is available to work with Dr Kai
Zeng in the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences at the University of
Sheffield. The position is funded by the Biotechnology and Biological
Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) to study the joint effects of natural
selection and genetic linkage on genome-wide patterns of diversity. A
variety of projects can be pursued under this general theme, from more
theoretical to more data-oriented. The overall aim is to develop a better
understanding of the relative importance of various forms of selection, as
well as their interactions with other evolutionary forces, in evolution.
This project involves close collaboration with the groups of Professor
Brian Charlesworth and Professor Peter Keightley at the University of

We are seeking a highly-motivated researcher with a PhD in evolutionary
genetics, population genetics or bioinformatics who has a strong interest
in developing new methods and applying them to large-scale DNA sequence
data. Applications from those who have a PhD in related disciplines
(statistics, computer science, mathematics, physics, etc) and pre-existing
experience in evolutionary research are also welcomed. Expertise in
statistics and computer programming (e.g., C, C++, Java) is essential.
Experience in modelling, conducting computer simulations and handling
large-scale datasets would be an advantage.

The Department of Animal and Plant Sciences at the University of Sheffield
houses a vibrant team of leading evolutionary biologists ( In the latest Research Assessment Exercise
(RAE 2008), Biological Sciences at Sheffield was ranked 3rd in the UK.
Sheffield is a fantastic place to live, situated on the edge of the Peak
District National Park. It is also one of the most affordable cities in the

The post is available for up to 3 years with a start date of 1 January
2013. The starting salary is £28,401 - £33,884 per annum, depending on
experience. The post will shortly be formally advertised on the Sheffield
University website ( where further information
about the post and how to apply will be provided.

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be sent to

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