Research Fellow, Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition (ROW063R)

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Scientist working in the area of genomics to join a multidisciplinary, multicentre team studying the biology of child growth and development in three low- and middle-income countries (India, Indonesia and Senegal). The project (‘Action Against Stunting’) is a UK Research and Innovation Global Challenges Research Fund HUB.

School/Section: Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition
Division: Rowett Institute of Nutrition & Health
Staff Category: Research
Position Type: Full Time
Grade: Grade 6
Salary: £33,797 - £35,844
Ref No: ROW063R
Closing Date: 29-AUG-2020


Job Description

The post-holder will work on the epigenetic and microbiome components of the Hub. The field collections, sample processing, and most of the analytical work, will be carried out in the study countries (India, Indonesia, and Senegal) by local staff under the supervision of the post-holder. You will be based in Aberdeen but will be required to travel to the study sites and laboratories. You will develop and adapt methods for use in the study countries and provide training for local staff. You will be expected to oversee quality assurance and quality control of the analysis, data transfer and processing, and bioinformatics. You will play a key role in the statistical analysis, interpretation, write-up, and dissemination of results. You will work closely with the study team and project leads on the production of reports and publications and in stakeholder engagement.

You will have a PhD in a relevant area of genomic research (preferably human epigenetics, genetics, computational biology, bioinformatics or microbiomics). Experience in the quantitative aspects of handling genomic data is essential, as is a good understanding of genome biology. Previous experience in next generation sequencing and bioinformatics is desirable. Lead authorship or evidence of a significant role in at least one publication in a peer-reviewed scientific journal is preferred. Successful candidates will be motivated and organised, with excellent verbal and written communication skills. The ability to work independently in collaboration with a large multi-disciplinary team is essential. A willingness to travel and work with a diverse group of researchers in rewarding and stimulating environments is essential. Previous experience of working with relevant platforms is desirable.

Salary will be at the appropriate point on the Grade 6 salary scale and negotiable with placement according to qualifications and experience.

As this post is externally funded by MRC it will be available until 12 February 2024.

Any appointment will be made subject to satisfactory references and a 6 month probation period.

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Should you require a visa to undertake paid employment in the UK you will be required to fulfil the minimum points criteria to be granted a Certificate of Sponsorship and Tier 2 visa. As appropriate, at the time an offer of appointment is made you will be asked to demonstrate that you fulfil the criteria in respect of financial maintenance and competency in English. Please do not hesitate to contact Natalie Reid, HR Adviser on +44 (0)1224 437066 or email for further information.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 29 August 2020

Should you wish to make an informal enquiry please contact:

Professor Paul Haggarty, (Epigenetic lead; Deputy Director, Rowett Institute, Deputy Lead Action Against Stunting Hub)

01224 438630


Dr Alan Walker (Microbiome lead)

Tel 01224 438739


Please do not send application forms or CVs directly to Prof Haggarty or Dr Walker

Please quote reference number ROW063R on all correspondence

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