Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Biological and Chemical Sciences
Queen Mary University of London School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
United Kingdom

Postdoctoral Research Assistant 

Department: School of Biological & Chemical Sciences
Salary: £31,613 - £34,220 (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL23381
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 06-Nov-2020
Closing date: 06-Dec-2020

Overview:

A Postdoctoral Research Assistant position is available at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) in Dr Mario dos Reis’ group, to work on the BBSRC-funded project “Efficient Bayesian phylogenomic dating with new models of trait evolution and rich diversities of living and fossil species”, in collaboration with Prof Phil Donoghue (Bristol University), and Prof. Ziheng Yang (UCL).

The successful candidate should have a PhD in Biology, Bioinformatics, Computer Science or a related field. The candidate should be able to provide evidence of expertise in biological data analysis and should have excellent computing skills. Knowledge of phylogenetics theory and methodology would be an advantage as would a proven record of high-quality published research. Self-motivation, an ability to work as part of a team and excellent research management and presentation skills are essential.

The post-holder will conduct research on the development and/or application of Bayesian phylogenetic models of molecular and morphological trait evolution, including analyses of simulated and real datasets, to calibrate evolutionary trees to geological time. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to design of software and/or computational analysis pipelines, analysis of results and writing conference presentations and research papers. An ability to analyse biological data is essential, and ideally, the candidate would also have experience of phylogenetic analysis with software such as R, Beast, MrBayes or PAML. The candidate will join an international, multi-disciplinary team with cross site visits throughout the project.

Queen Mary is one of the top research-led universities in the UK and was ranked 9th among the UK multi-faculty universities in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014). All postdoctoral researchers are part of the QMUL Doctoral College, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.

At QMUL we believe that a diversity of ideas helps us achieve the previously unthinkable. Throughout our history, we’ve fostered social justice and improved lives through academic excellence and we continue to live and breathe this spirit today, not because it’s simply ‘the right thing to do’ but for what it helps us achieve and the intellectual brilliance it delivers.

We continue to embrace diversity of thought and opinion in everything we do, in the belief that when views collide, disciplines interact, and perspectives intersect, truly original thought takes form.

The post is located in Mile End, it is full-time and available for a period of 2 years. The start date is 4th January 2021 or soon thereafter. The salary is in the range of £31,613 - £34,220 per annum and is inclusive of London allowance.

We offer access to a generous pension scheme, 30 days’ leave per annum (pro-rata for fixed-term), a season ticket loan scheme and access to a comprehensive range of personal and professional development opportunities.

Informal enquiries are welcomed, and may be made to Dr Mario dos Reis via e-mail at m.dosreisbarros@qmul.ac.uk

For information about the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences please visit https://www.qmul.ac.uk/sbcs/

 To apply, please click on the link below.

The closing date for applications is 6 December 2020. Interviews will be held shortly thereafter.

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