University of Dundee

Postdoctoral Research Assistant (computational biology / bioinformatics)

Computational Biology
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Closing Date: 
Sunday, November 22, 2020
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We are seeking an enthusiastic postdoctoral researcher with background in computational biology and sequence data analysis and a keen interest in emerging ML techniques.

The Computational Epigenomics Group has been established in 2018 by Dr Gabriele Schweikert within the School of Life Sciences. The group is interested in advancing the field of computational biology by applying and developing state-of-the-art machine learning (ML) algorithms to solve unique challenges arising from genomic and epigenomic data analysis. Of particular interest are complex biological processes underpinning epigenomic mechanisms of gene regulation. The group has a second leg as part of the vibrant and rapidly growing Cyber Valley AI community around the University of Tübingen and the MPI for Intelligent Systems in Germany. We have a unique combination of expertise that spans large scale data analysis, applied bioinformatics and deep learning.

The successful candidate will be working on the analysis of genomic and epigenomic sequencing data. You will be leading a project on the interpretation of the “histone code” and collaborating with other researchers from different disciplines. You will have the possibility to participate in basic, translational science that brings novel ML techniques into impactful biomedical applications. This project is funded by an Academy of Medical Sciences Award. There will be extensive opportunities for interdisciplinary training, development and public outreach.

Candidate requirements:

You should have a Ph.D. in Computational Biology, Biology or related fields with extensive experience in analysing sequencing data and strong programming skills.

Desirable criteria:

Expertise in Machine Learning is not strictly required, but you must bring a keen interest in the field and be confident to work interdisciplinary. We would like you to start as soon as possible, at your earliest convenience.

The post is fixed-term for 24 months, and salary will be up to £34,804 depending on experience.

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Appointment as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant on the Grade 7 salary scale is dependent upon you having been awarded a PhD. An appointment may be considered if you are shortly expected to be awarded a PhD. In this case the initial appointment will be made as a Research Assistant on the Training Grade 7 salary scale (Spinal Point 28, £31,866).

For informal enquiries, please contact Gabriele Schweikert (email:

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