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Research Assistant (Saunders Lab)

Applications are invited for a Computational Research Assistant to join the Laboratory of Dr Diane Saunders.

Background

The Saunders group works on a variety of emerging and re-emerging plant pathogens using a broad array of techniques that include genomics, transcriptomics, data mining, molecular genetics, biochemistry, plant pathology and cell biology to improve our understanding of the molecular mechanisms at the plant pathogen interface.

The role

The successful candidate will work with next-generation sequencing datasets to study the notorious wheat stem rust pathogen, Puccinia graminis f. sp. tritici, which has been associated with crop failures and famine throughout history.

The appointee will contribute to two research projects:

(1) Analysing host adaptation of the stem rust pathogen

(2) Expanding our mobile pathogen genotyping system (MARPLE diagnostics) to other pathosystems including wheat stem rust

This is a very exciting opportunity for the candidate to join a multidisciplinary research group in the Crop Genetics department at the JIC to address key questions in pathogen evolution and adaptation.

The ideal candidate

To be considered for this role, candidates should possess three A Level passes or equivalent, including computer science or similar subject. A BSc/MSc in computer science/bioinformatics (or similar) would be desirable.

They should have a good working knowledge of computer programming and experience of analysing large datasets such as next-generation sequencing data would be desirable. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are essential.

Additional information

Salary on appointment will be within the range £18,720 to £22,900 per annum depending on qualifications and experience.  This is a full-time post for a period of 12 months.

Note, this post does not meet UKVI requirements to provide Tier 2 visa sponsorship.

Further information and details of how to apply can be found here, or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or nbi.recruitment@nbi.ac.uk  quoting reference 1003708.

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