Postdoctoral Computer Biologist (Bacteriology)

Salary: Up to £40,000 per annum

Closing date: 15th November 2019

2 years fixed term

35 hours per week

The Animal Health Trust Charity is an internationally recognised centre of scientific excellence with the prime purpose of improving animal welfare through veterinary research. Located on a beautiful green site location just four miles from Newmarket, our laboratories offer a challenging and rewarding environment in which to work. The Bacteriology group have pioneered research into Streptococcus equi, the causative agent of Strangles in horses, generating new diagnostic tests and vaccines with which to prevent outbreaks of this devastating disease, which is endemic in populations of horses throughout the world.

We are seeking to recruit a Postdoctoral Computer Biologist, to perform in-depth analysis of the genomes of a large global collection of Streptococcus equi. This exciting project, which is funded by the Petplan Charitable Trust, will identify genomic regions associated with persistent infection or adaptive change during the emergence of this pathogen to identify new targets for vaccine design. The successful individual will work closely with our collaborators at the Wellcome Sanger Institute and the Universities of Cambridge and St Andrews using the latest bioinformatics techniques. They will also communicate with our wider network of collaborators and stakeholders within the equine industries of over 30 countries across the world to apply their findings and maximize the translational impact of their research. In particular, the successful candidate will have the unique opportunity to work with and build capacity for the study of this pathogen as it circulates within and between Equid populations in South America, North America, Australia, Asia and Europe.

We invite applications from candidates who have recently completed their PhD as well as those with postdoctoral experience. We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual with strong communication and interpersonal skills. Previous experience of applying microbial genomics to large datasets would be an advantage. Candidates should be able to work proficiently in UNIX/Linux and a scripting language (e.g. Python, R, Perl).

For further information on an informal basis please contact Dr Andrew Waller, Head of Bacteriology,

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Closing date: 15 November 2019

 Interviews: to be held from 2 December 2019