Job:Postdoctoral Research Associate, Wellcome Trust-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science (Fixed Term)
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Department of Clinical Biochemistry



2 April 2017

We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Genomics to join our internationally recognised team led by Professor Sadaf Farooqi, Cambridge, UK and funded by the Wellcome Trust. Our aim is to understand the genetic and molecular basis of obesity and diabetes (Wheeler et al. Nature Genetics 2013; Pearce et al. Cell 2013; The team participates in a wide variety of collaborative projects, performing genomic variation analysis, disease mutation discovery, RNA sequence analysis to explore new pathways involved in the pathogenesis of obesity and diabetes. Your work will have important implications for the clinical management of patients, including the development of better patient stratification and the identification of novel therapeutic targets.

To be considered for this position, you must: - have a PhD in genetics or a closely related discipline - have a high level of programming skills and experience applying statistical methods to genomic data - have at least one first-author publication in a high-profile, internationally recognised journal

You should have experience with: - the analysis of high throughput genomic data (genome wide association arrays, exome chip, exome/genome sequencing)

Responsibilities include analysis of high throughput genomic data including whole exome and genome sequencing from cohorts with obesity and thinness. You will have excellent communication and organisational skills as you will contribute to collaborative work with colleagues at the Well-come Trust Sanger Institute and develop new external collaborations with partners in the NHS, Biotech and Pharmaceutical Industry. This position offers an ideal opportunity for a highly motivated scientist aiming to apply for Career Development Fellowships or Principal Investigator positions in the future.

Proposed start date: as soon as possible

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment. This appointment also requires a Research Passport application.

To apply online for this vacancy, please visit and click on the 'Apply' button. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Informal enquiries can be made to Naomi Clark, Metabolic Research Laboratories, Level 4, Well-come Trust-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science, Box 289 Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge CB2 0QQ. Email:

Please quote reference RG11199 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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