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Research Fellow in Epigenetics/Bioinformatics

Human Genetics

Location:  Southampton General Hospital
Salary:   £33,797 to £35,845 Per annum
Full Time Fixed Term for 2 years
Closing Date:  Thursday 02 January 2020
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1173819AF-R

The Respiratory Genetics group invites applications for a 24-month Research Fellow position focusing on the role of epignetics, in particular DNA methylation, in mediating the transgenerational effects of smoking.

The successful applicant will be engaged in the evaluation and development of methods for analysing genome-wide epigenetic data. Strong candidates will have a record of academic achievement including a background or strong interest in biological science, bioinformatics or computational science, a relevant postgraduate degree, and evidence of independent research. Direct experience of analysis of large-scale ‘omic data in R such as, Epigenome-wide DNA methylation analysis (EWAS), genome-wide association studies (GWAS), RNAseq, statistical skills and experience of the handling of large-scale data sets are desirable. Skills in computing and bioinformatics, as well as an ability to work effectively in a multi-disciplinary environment would be an advantage.

The successful applicant will have a PhD in a relevant subject such as genetic epidemiology, statistics, bioinformatics or equivalent. 

Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD.Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

The Human Genetics and Genomic Medicine theme is part of the Human Development and Health (HDH) Academic Unit, part of the Faculty of Medicine and located at Southampton University Hospital site. The appointee will benefit from interaction with the co-located Genomic Informatics group and other groups within HDH undertaking a range of genomic studies in both humans and animal models. In addition the appointee will work closely with research project partners at the University of Bergen, Norway

You should also submit a full scientific CV in Word or PDF formats.

Further information can be found at:

For informal enquiries, contact Professor John Holloway (, Tel: +44(0)23 8120 8758.

Application Procedure

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Ita Holmes (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 9002. Please quote reference 1173819AF on all correspondence.

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The Faculty of Medicine holds an Athena SWAN Silver Award demonstrating commitment to equal opportunities and gender balance in the workplace. The Faculty recognises that applicants may seek flexible working patterns which will be considered as part of the recruitment process. For further information including key benefits designed to help maintain and support employees' well-being and work-life balance, please see our working with us website pages.

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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