Research Associate in Genetics

University of Cambridge Department of Genetics

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral Research Associate to work with Professor Frank Jiggins in the Department of Genetics, University of Cambridge and Dr Ben Longdon, University of Exeter, on a Leverhulme Trust funded research project 'A new laboratory model to test the principles of host-parasite coevolution'. The successful candidate will be based in the Department of Genetics, University of Cambridge, and will conduct fundamental research aimed at understanding the evolutionary dynamics of coevolution.

Taking advantage of our detailed knowledge of the genes controlling the susceptibility of Drosophila to viral infection, the post holder will investigate the processes underpinning coevolution by tracking allele frequencies within laboratory populations. The post requires creative candidates who are enthusiastic about taking experimental approaches to understand the processes governing coevolution in nature. Successful candidates will have an advanced understanding of evolutionary processes and concepts. It will be advantageous to have previously worked on coevolution.

Applicants should hold, or are about to be awarded, a PhD in Evolutionary Biology.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for two years. The start date is flexible.

We particularly welcome applications from women and candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our University.

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For informal enquiries about the role please contact Frank Jiggins ( and Ben Longdon (

Further information about research in the Jiggins group can be found on our website:

Please quote reference PC24071 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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