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Research Fellow in Computational Biology

Southampton, United Kingdom
£34,980 to £42,978 per annum
Closing date
3 Nov 2023

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Academic Discipline
Biological Sciences, Life sciences
Job Type
Academic Posts, Research Fellowships
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School of Biological Sciences

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £34,980 to £42,978 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term
Closing Date:  Friday 03 November 2023
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  2462523BJ

A postdoctoral position is available in the Data-driven biology group of Dr. Owen Rackham at the University of Southampton. The Rackham lab focuses on analysing transcriptomic and epigenetic data in order to understand cell fate control during development, differentiation and disease. We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with expertise in computational methods applied to biological problems. The successful applicant will work in a dynamic, collaborative environment on developing and applying computational approaches to investigate cell fate decisions.

The selected candidate will be closely involved in the development and direction of this project, allowing them to align their own interests with those of the group. The Rackham lab has a strong track record in the development and deployment of high-impact research, publishing in well-respected journals, spinning-out companies and working internationally. Our group strives to offer an exciting and supportive work environment in which early career scientists can develop.

This research study will focus on how to exploit large volumes of single-cell RNA sequencing in order to predictably control the function of human cells. This project will involve the curation and deployment of large biological datasets, development of new computational tools and close collaboration with wet-lab scientists. It is an exciting time in cell biology as both the volume of data and the maturity of A.I. have opened the possibility for new tools and technologies. The applicant should have expertise in computational biology and curiosity for solving complex biological questions through the application of algorithms.

Southampton is one of the best places in the UK for biological and biomedical teaching and research. 

The work will take place at the main University campus, in Building 85, which was recently constructed (2008; £47M) to house Biological Sciences researchers and those who conduct multidisciplinary research in any aspect of life sciences, as well as Southampton General Hospital. The location of Southampton makes it the perfect gateway to the south coast of England, offering access to city living and both the coast and countryside. It is a delightful place to live and work!

Application procedure

This post is suitable for computational biologist/bioinformaticians with an interest in understanding cell fate control and a strong background in the development of computational/mathematical/statistical tools.

For additional information/informal enquiries before submitting your application, contact Owen Rackham,

Please include a covering letter outlining your experience and reasons for applying for the role and a full CV in your application.

Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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.

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