Research Associate in Biology

University of Cambridge

We are seeking a talented and motivated Research Associate in Computational Biology/Bioinformarics to investigate genomic regulatory mechanisms that underlie cellular state and decision making through application of single cell multiomics, transcriptomic, epigenomic, and chromatin interaction analyses.

You will join the Ahringer laboratory at the Gurdon Institute in the University of Cambridge. Our research programmes use the C. elegans model in which we apply powerful lineage resolved assays to decipher how eukaryotic gene expression is regulated across developmental trajectories (

You will investigate genomic regulatory mechanisms in close collaboration with experimental colleagues, using existing cutting-edge software or devising new methods to analyse a diverse range of genomic and transcriptomic data. You will lead computational projects and contribute to the supervision of students, providing an ideal opportunity to develop an independent scientific career.

You will ideally have a strong background in bioinformatics and statistics and prior experience in the analysis of a range of high-throughput data (e.g., ChIP-seq, transcriptomic, chromatin interaction, and single cell data). You should also have a PhD in a relevant subject, a sound understanding of molecular biology, and a strong publication track record in bioinformatics. You will be expected to be able to work independently and interact well in a dynamic multidisciplinary team environment and be able to communicate ideas and results clearly.

We are located in the Gurdon Institute, a world-renowned centre of Developmental biology and Cancer research embedded in the University of Cambridge. The Institute provides an exceptional and stimulating environment that promotes collaborative and interdisciplinary research in a supportive and modern setting, with access to state-of-the-art technologies such as super-resolution imaging, single-cell analyses, genome engineering, and genomics and computer modelling. Its postdoc association encourages scientific and social interactions and also provides career development and teaching opportunities.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV (including the names of three referees) in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline why you are interested in the post.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact If you would like to know more about the role and projects, please contact Prof. Julie Ahringer

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

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