Postdoctoral Fellow – Birney Research
Location: EMBL-EBI, Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category: Postdoctoral Fellow
Contract Duration: 3 years
Grading: Year 1 Stipend - £2,829.64 per month after tax
Closing Date: 19 August 2020
Reference Number: EBI01658
We are looking for an experienced post-doctoral fellow with a strong interest in health-related data science and proven expertise in genome wide association modelling to join the Birney and Gerstung research groups at EMBL-EBI as part of a Novo Nordisk funded consortium - Challenge.

Denmark has an extremely advanced electronic heath care system allowing large scale linking of complex human traits to genetic variation. The data sets available within the Challenge project provide linkable health related and socioeconomic information to genome wide variation data allowing truly unique combined risk modelling opportunities. This project provides direct linkage across a diverse set of human traits with detailed genetic information. We are looking for a highly motivated computational geneticist or bioinformatician to join this exciting project, and to drive specific aspects of this cutting-edge research, including the analysis of complex human trait measurements using modern genetic association techniques.

Your role

The integration of genetic variation with complex human measurements is a key area of this work, you will be able to explain detailed reasoning behind model parameter choices across a wide range of traits. Additionally, there is a strong interest in combined modelling and the successful candidate will be able to explain the general principles behind, for example, polygenic risk score modelling. An overall ability to display data science nous and genetic modelling expertise will be highly beneficial.

You have

The post holder needs to hold a PhD in Statistical genetics, Bioinformatics or related fields and have demonstrable skills in data science and the analysis of large-scale genetic data sets. You should have solid experience working with complex data, have a good knowledge of current machine learning as well as being skilled in developing software in a Unix-based environment.

You might also have

The successful applicant will join a consortium working towards a collective goal of using electronic health care records in combination with genetic datasets to understand biology and human health. Good interpersonal skills are required to interact with consortium members across a wide range of disciplines. Detailed technical knowledge, being able to setup quickly to work on large scale and diverse compute infrastructure is essential.

Why join us

At EMBL-EBI, we help scientists realise the potential of ‘big data’ in biology by enabling them to exploit complex information to make discoveries that benefit mankind. Working for EMBL-EBI gives you an opportunity to apply your skills and energy for the greater good. As part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), we are a non-profit, intergovernmental organisation funded by over 27 member states and two associate member states. We are located on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK, and our 850 staff are engineers, technicians, scientists and other professionals from all over the world.

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation. The remuneration package comprises a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme and health insurance, educational and other family related benefits where applicable, as well as financial support for relocation and installation. For more information about pay and benefits please see our website.

We have an informal culture, international working environment and excellent professional development opportunities but one of the really amazing things about us is the concentration of technical and scientific expertise – something you probably won’t find anywhere else.

If you’ve ever visited the campus you’ll have experienced first-hand our friendly, collegial and supportive atmosphere, set in the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside. Our staff also enjoy excellent sports facilities including a gym, a free shuttle bus, an on-site nursery, cafés and restaurant and a library.

What else you need to know

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EMBL-EBI is committed to achieving gender balance and strongly encourages applications from women, who are currently under-represented at all levels. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

This position is limited to a 3 year duration in the first instance.

Applications will close at 23:00 BST on the date listed above.