We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work on a NERC funded project analysing the role of structural variants in rapid genetic adaptation of natural populations. This is an exciting opportunity to undertake research in a rapidly developing area of evolutionary biology, using state-of-the-art innovations in genome sequencing and analysis.

The post holder will develop genomic analyses to detect evidence for adaptation to a fungal pathogen and understand the contribution of structural variants to this process, using data from multiple UK populations of ash trees infected with ash dieback disease that will be generated with the help of a Research Assistant employed on the same project. The successful applicant will join a vibrant and supportive team of researchers employing cutting-edge genomic approaches, and will have the opportunity to present their research at international conferences.

We are seeking candidates holding a PhD or equivalent in a relevant research field (e.g. evolutionary biology, genomics, population genetics) and with expertise in the analysis of large genomic datasets and developing statistical models. Our ideal candidate will be a highly motivated team player, who can use their own initiative to develop solutions to complex analytical problems.

Excellent communication skills, including the ability to present research findings to a range of stakeholders and to write scientific publications, are also essential. Experience with genome-wide association analyses and/or the use of genomic prediction methods is desirable. The ability to travel and work away from home – including occasional overnight stays – within the UK is a requirement of this role.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Laura Kelly, Research Leader – Plant Health: l.kelly@kew.org. This role is based at Kew with the option of regular home working, subject to operational requirements. Interviews to be held on 27th April.

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (RBG Kew) is a leading plant science institute, UNESCO World Heritage Site, and major visitor attraction. Our mission is to understand and protect plants and fungi for the well-being of people and the future of all life on Earth.

We are working to end the unprecedented extinction crisis and to help create a world where nature is protected, valued by all and managed sustainably. We will achieve these goals by drawing on our leading scientific research, unrivalled collections of plants and fungi, global network of partners, inspirational gardens at Kew and Wakehurst, and our 260 years of history.

Join us on our journey as protectors of the world’s plants and fungi. The salary will be £33,802 – £37,865 per annum (pro rata), depending on skills and experience.

Our fantastic benefits package includes opportunities for continuous learning, a generous annual leave entitlement, flexible working to help you maintain a healthy work-life balance, an Employee Assistance Programme and other wellbeing support such as cycle to work scheme and discounted gym membership. We also offer a competitive pension, an employee discount scheme and free entry into a wide range of national museums and galleries, as well as access to our own beautiful gardens at Kew and Wakehurst.

If you are interested in this position, please submit your application through the online portal, by clicking “Apply for this job”. We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from all sections of the community. We guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post.


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