Post -Doctoral Research Assistant

The department of Vector Biology are looking for an experienced PDRA to work within a project team bridging the groups of David Weetman and Martin Donnelly. You will provide bioinformatics support for analysis of genomic and transcriptomic insecticide resistance data and samples.

You will work primarily within the scope of a large programme grant aiming to identify genetic and transcriptomic variation underlying resistance to insecticides used for Anopheles malaria vector control in Africa, mapping the predictive value of diagnostic markers.

The role will involve analysis of WGS (Whole-genome sequencing) and RNA sequencing data sets along with characterisation of putative insecticide resistance associated variants through laboratory approaches.

Key responsibilities to this role:

  • Ability to analyse genomic and transcriptomic data from insect disease vectors and investigate candidate variants
  • Develop and deliver training to project partners from disease endemic countries
  • Provide training and supervision for postgraduate students and collaborate on their project analyses
  • Develop novel projects to help generate ideas and data to support new project applications
  • Produce and disseminate research outputs
  • Prepare and write peer-reviewed publications for the scientific community

Please see the job description for further details

The ideal candidate will have excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work as an integral and cooperative member of a multi-disciplinary, multi-national research team.  You will well-developed research skills with the ability to effectively present research findings in oral and written format. Ideally you will be able to demonstrate:

  • PhD in relevant area (genetics, biology, biological computing)
  • Strong bioinformatic skills
  • Record of publication in peer reviewed international journals
  • Strong molecular genetic analytical skills
  • Experience in molecular laboratory techniques
  • An ability to communicate with specialists from a variety of disciplines: vector biology, biostatistics, parasitology, epidemiology
  • Knowledge of health and safety regulations and legal requirements 
  • It is desirable that you can demonstrate experience of using programmes such as PYTHON and  R and have previous experience in Vector Biology.


About LSTM

Founded in 1898 and the oldest of its kind in the world, the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for teaching and research in tropical diseases.  Through the creation of effective links with governments, NGOs, private organisations and global institutions and by responding to the health needs of communities, LSTM aims to promote improved health, particularly for people of the less developed/resource poorest countries in the tropics and sub-tropics.

Closing Date: 16th August 2020

Please note: Interviews will be taking place week commencing 7th September 2020

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