The position of Postdoctoral Scientist is available in my group to lead research on the Wellcome Trust and Royal Society funded project Statistical Methods for Whole Genome Phenotype Mapping in Bacterial Populations.
Bacteria cause disease throughout the
world. Different strains vary in disease severity, but the genetic
variants responsible remain largely undiscovered. Recent breakthroughs
in whole genome sequencing provide new opportunities for discovery, but
the lack of statistical analysis tools tailored to the special structure
of bacterial populations presents a roadblock. The goal of the project
is to develop an analysis framework for mapping genes underlying
naturally variable traits in bacterial populations. Focusing on the
hospital-associated pathogens Staphylococcus aureus and Clostridium
difficile, we will investigate the role of bacterial variants on disease
The role of the Postdoctoral Scientist is to develop
novel statistical methods for analysing genotype-phenotype associations
in bacteria at the whole genome level. The successful candidate will
write software implementing the statistical methods and apply them to
design and carry out investigations into the genetic basis of virulence
in natural populations of bacterial pathogens. The ideal candidate would
be a recently graduating PhD student with experience of statistical
genetics and computer programming, with evidence of publicly released
software. Experience of population genetics or microbiology would be
advantageous but is not essential.
The post is available immediately, and is available for up to 3 years in the first instance. For more details on this position, including salary, job description, selection criteria and how to apply, please see the University of Oxford recruitment page.
for this vacancy are to be made online. The closing date is 12.00 noon on Monday 4 November 2013. Applicants will be asked to upload a CV and a supporting statement as part of the
online application. For informal enquiries, please email me. More information about the group's research is available here.