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Research Fellow, Biological Sciences (SBS123R)

An enthusiastic, motivated, and creative postdoctoral fellow is sought to join a collaborative team within the School of Biological Sciences to develop new ways of harnessing population genetic data to predict biodiversity responses to shifting climates. Evidence is accumulating that spatially-explicit genetic data from landscape genetic studies may be instrumental in predicting, tracking, and managing biodiversity responses. Nonetheless, evidence accumulated to date remains idiosyncratic and poorly synthesized, thus we still lack a unified understanding of the link between genetic variation across space and biodiversity responses in time. This project aims to integrate existing landscape genetic and epigenetic data, both within our single core study system and model system of range shift genetics (the blue-railed damselfly, Ischnura elegans), and across multiple species in a comparative context, to improve our understanding of biodiversity responses.

School/Section: Biological Sciences
Division: Unspecified
Staff Category: Research
Position Type: Full Time
Grade: Grade 6
Salary: £35,333
Ref No: SBS123R
Closing Date: 21-OCT-2022


Job Description

The ideal candidate has a strong background in bioinformatics and population genetics, especially under non-equilibrium demographic conditions, and is interested in applying this knowledge to data synthesis and model integration to improve eco-evolutionary forecasting.

The position is supported by a strong team of population genetics empiricists and modellers (led by Lesley Lancaster, Kara Layton, Greta Bocedi, and Justin Travis), who are embedded within a global collaborative network that will maximize both the impact of the work and the advancement opportunities to the postdoctoral researcher.

Salary will be at the spinal point 30 on Grade 6 (£35,333 per annum).

As this is funding limited post, it is available for 24 months.

Informal enquiries should be made to Lesley Lancaster, Reader in Biological Sciences, e-mail: 

Should you require a visa to undertake employment in the UK you will be required to fulfil the minimum points criteria to be granted a Certificate of Sponsorship under the requirements of the Skilled Worker visa.  At the time an offer of appointment is made, you will be asked to demonstrate that you fulfil the criteria in respect of qualification and competency in English. For research and academic posts, we will consider eligibility under the Global Talent visa. Please do not hesitate to contact Patrycja Bromm, HR Adviser (Graduate Trainee) (e-mail: for further information.

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Job Reference Number:  SBS123R 

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 21 October 2022 

The School of Biological Sciences embraces a diverse working environment and recognises the many benefits this can bring.  Applications from individuals from across all of the equality protected characteristics are encouraged.

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