Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Health
University of Exeter ,College of Medicine & Health
United Kingdom

This full time post is available from 1 October 2019 on a 3 year fixed term basis until 30 June 2022, although an earlier or later start date can be negotiated for the right candidate.


Summary of the role

The College wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to join the Complex Disease Epigenomics Group (see for more information). We are a dynamic research team within the College of Medicine and Health researching gene regulation in common disease, with a growing team specifically focussed on understanding genomic mechanisms in dementia. We have been recently funded by Alzheimer's Research UK to investigate inflammatory mechanisms in patients with mild cognitive impairment and to determine if this accelerates conversion to dementia by using RNA-sequencing and miRNA-sequencing in blood samples. The project will use cutting-edge mathematical and bioinformatic approaches to analyse and integrate these data sets. This Alzheimer's Research UK funded post is available from 1 October 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter.


The successful applicant will be involved in overseeing the day-to-day running of the project, coordinating data generation, analysis, interpretation and dissemination. We are seeking an individual with a strong statistical background, particularly those with experience of fitting regression models, who is a confident programmer with both R and the command line. Although previous experience in genomics or bioinformatics and specifically next generation sequencing data is desirable, this role would also suit a highly motivated candidate with an interest in applying existing strong analytical skills to new data types.


About you

You will be able to develop research objectives and projects and may contribute to the process of securing funds and making presentations at conferences and other events.


Applicants will possess a relevant PhD or equivalent qualification/experience and a publication record in genomics,bioinformatics, statistics or a related field of study.  You will possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to implement or develop novel methodologies to analyse large genomics data sets. You will also be able to work collaboratively and mentor or supervise the work of others. Applicants will be able to work with large sample cohorts / data-sets with sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to develop novel methodologies. We ask within your application that you provide an overview of a key research output, such as a paper,analysis package or data set that you have significantly contributed to, which is of relevance to the post.


You can view the Job Description and Person Specification document here.


The University of Exeter

We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019). We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, achieving a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017.


Our research income in recent years means we're fastest growing UK Research University and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today through this. 98% of our research is international quality (2014 Research Excellence Framework) and we encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students.


With over 22,000 students and 5,500 staff from 180 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment in which to work. We are an equal opportunity employer, a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce



We offer some fantastic benefits including:

- 41 days leave per year

- options for flexible working

- numerous discounts at leading retailers

- onsite gyms on all of our campus' and a cycle to work scheme

- sector leading policies around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), paternity leave (up to six weeks full pay) and a new Fertility Treatment Policy

- stunning campus environments in Exeter and Cornwall, in the beautiful South West of England


College of Medicine & Health

The College of Medicine and Health encompasses the Medical School, Academy of Nursing and the Department of Allied Health Professions. Since our inception in 2010 as the University of Exeter Medical School, we have seen significant growth and development, and this trajectory is set to continue as we develop new programmes and recruit world-class researchers. Our aim is to improve the health of the South West and beyond, through the development of high quality graduates and world-leading research that has international impact.


Further information

Please contact Katie Lunnon, or (01392) 406742. 


We welcome applications from candidates interested in working part-time hours or job-sharing arrangements.


This role may be subject to additional background screening.


We urge you to submit your application as soon as possible, as we reserve the right to close the advert early if a suitable candidate is found. 


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