Research Associate in Microbiome Informatics

University of Cambridge

The human gastrointestinal tract houses a large number of microbes, collectively known as the microbiota, that supports host metabolism, immune development and pathogen resistance. Based at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus and working in close association with the Wellcome Sanger Institute, the Pedicord Lab seeks to gain mechanistic insights into the influence of the microbiota on local and systemic immune responses.

Applications are invited for a bioinformatics-focused Postdoctoral Research Associate to explore the mechanisms by which commensal microbes affect disease susceptibility.

Working closely with other members of a small lab, the post holder will facilitate the establishment of bioinformatic tools and pipelines for the lab and lead studies to investigate microbiota modulation of host physiology. This will involve using microbial metagenomics and microbial and host transcriptomics to characterize the complex interactions between the intestinal epithelium, immune cells and commensal microbial community. The ideal applicant will love scientific investigation, have a good work ethic and excellent organization skills, be detail-oriented, persistent, and passionate about working as a team to build a successful research group. Applicants must have a PhD degree in Biological Science with a focus on Bioinformatics or Computational Biology. Experience with and enthusiasm for wet lab techniques, including isolating tissues and harvesting samples for sequencing, microbial and mammalian cell culture and various means of experimental validation of in silico predictions strongly preferred but not required.

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

Informal enquiries and questions may be emailed to Dr. Virginia Pedicord, vap33@medschl.cam.ac.uk

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Closing Date: 26th April 2021

Applications should include a full CV and a cover letter that includes a brief statement outlining key areas of technical knowledge and reasons why you would like to join this research group.

Please include details of your referees, including e-mail address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Please quote reference RC26188 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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