Associate Professor AC4/Senior Fellow AC3 of Bioinformatics

Medway, United Kingdom
£39,610 to £58,089
Saturday, 21 September 2019
End of advertisement period
Wednesday, 25 September 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Agriculture, Health and Environment

Location:      Medway campus
Salary:      £39,610 to £58,089
Contract Type:      Permanent
Closing Date:      Wednesday 25 September 2019
Interview Date:      To be confirmed

Do you have what it takes to make an impact on global food and nutrition security? We are looking for exceptional candidates to help drive forward our work to improve the lives of poor people.

The Natural Resources Institute (NRI – of the University of Greenwich carries out specialised research, teaching, training and consultancy with a focus on food, agriculture, environment and sustainable livelihoods.

NRI is currently expanding its interdisciplinary research excellence to address food and nutrition security, especially in Africa. This expansion is funded by UKRI’s Research England under the ‘Expanding Excellence in England’ scheme. Elements of this new investment include new staff, PhD studentships, infrastructure and partnerships (see Investment will be across four specific areas:

  • Climate Change, Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Sustainable Agricultural Intensification
  • Food Loss and Waste
  • Food Systems for Improved Nutrition

NRI’s work is globally respected and has won many awards including a recent Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education. The Institute is located at the University’s vibrant Medway Campus in Chatham Maritime, Kent.

NRI is looking to appoint an Associate Professor in Bioinformatics. An appointment may be made at the Senior Fellow (Senior Lecturer) level for a suitably qualified candidate. The focus on the role will be on high quality research or enterprise, but there could be a contribution to teaching activities of up to 10%. There are likely to opportunities to supervise postgraduate MPhil/PhD students.

This particular role will enhance the research capacity at NRI in Bioinformatics. The job-holder will develop a sustainable programme of research and enterprise work on bioinformatics at NRI. He/she will also support the work of existing projects within NRI on a daily basis, working in collaboration with existing researchers and PhD students at NRI. The selected candidate will assist in the design and execution of sequencing experiments to address specific research questions across a diversity of research topics.

The successful candidate must have proven experience of [insect] genome and transcriptome assembly, experience of analysing large next generation sequence datasets, and the necessary skill set to validate assemblies and data outputs using different software, annotate target gene families and obtain full-length genes and promoter sequences. Gene mining and analysis of transcriptome data such as those generated from RNA-Seq will also be essential. Candidates should have an excellent publication track record in peer reviewed journals and demonstrated ability to secure or contribute to securing external funding.

It is anticipated that work will focus on sub-Saharan Africa. Previous experience in this region would be an advantage. International travel is an expectation of this role

For informal enquiries, please contact the relevant Head of Department (Professor Richard Hopkins ( or Director of NRI (Professor Andrew Westby (

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