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Postdoctoral Assistant - QMUL23204

Department: School of Biological & Chemical Sciences
Salary: £34,220 - £40,194 (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL23204
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 23-Oct-2020
Closing date: 23-Nov-2020

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A Postdoctoral Research Assistant position is available in the Department of Organismal Biology at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) under the supervision of Dr Yannick Wurm.

The successful candidate should hold a PhD (or equivalent) in evolutionary genetics, behavioural ecology, ecological genomics, bioinformatics, toxicogenomics or a related field. The candidate should be able to provide evidence of expertise in insect evolutionary ecology, comparative genomics and bioinformatics and a willingness to develop expertise in all areas that will be required for the project. Self-motivation, an ability to work as part of a team and excellent research management and presentation skills are essential.

Bees and other insects are essential for ecosystem stability. Reports of their declines worldwide are thus concerning. We will combine animal experiments with molecular tools to understand how pollinators are affected by changing environments and their abilities to cope with such changes. Other team members (e.g., MSc, PhD students) will collaborate with the PDRA on parts of the project.

Queen Mary is one of the top research-led universities in the UK and was ranked 9th among the UK multi-faculty universities in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014). All postdoctoral researchers are part of the QMUL Doctoral College, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities. The Organismal Biology Department in QMUL’s School of Biological and Chemical Sciences ( hosts >10 evolutionary genomics labs. The Wurm lab ( uses genomics tools to understand the ecological and evolutionary context of social insects. We use QMUL’s research computing cluster which is ideal for genomics work, modern molecular labs and animal rearing facilities. We value team work, collaboration, lifelong learning, agile workflows, and high impact open science.

At QMUL we believe that a diversity of ideas helps us achieve the previously unthinkable. Throughout our history, we’ve fostered social justice and improved lives through academic excellence and we continue to live and breathe this spirit today, not because it’s simply ‘the right thing to do’ but for what it helps us achieve and the intellectual brilliance it delivers.

We continue to embrace diversity of thought and opinion in everything we do, in the belief that when views collide, disciplines interact, and perspectives intersect, truly original thought takes form.

We offer competitive salaries, access to a generous pension scheme, 30 days’ leave per annum (pro-rata for fixed-term), a season ticket loan scheme and access to a comprehensive range of personal and professional development opportunities.

The post is located in Mile End, London’s vibrant East End (15 minutes’ bicycle ride to Shoreditch; 10 minutes walking to Victoria Park). It is funded by BBSRC and is full-time for an initial period of 18 months, with the possibility for extension thereafter. The start date is 1st Feb 2021.

The salary is in the range of £34,220 - £40,194 per annum (pro rata) and is inclusive of London allowance. We will support applications for fellowships (e.g., Marie Sklodowsa-Curie, NERC, Royal Society).

For informal enquiries and details regarding possible directions of the project, please contact Dr Yannick Wurm via email

To apply, please click on the link below.

The closing date for applications is 23 November 2020. Interviews will be held shortly thereafter.

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