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CLOSED: Job: Postdoctoral Fellow - Single Cell Biology of Malaria

March 17, 2017 - 14:36 -- MalariaWorld Jobs

Salary: £31,115 to £39,004 plus excellent benefits
Closing date for applications: 11th April 2017
Three years fixed term

The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute has recently achieved major breakthroughs to scale reverse genetic screening for the systematic identification of gene functions in Plasmodium. We are also a leading centre for single cell genomics.

We are now looking to recruit a 3-year Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work on an exciting project to bridge these areas. If you have recently received your PhD, have a passion for parasite biology and genetics and are interested in working with large datasets we would like to hear from you!

The project offers an opportunity to combine our recently developed methods for reverse genetic screens in malaria parasites with state-of-the-art single cell transcriptomics. By bringing single cell omics approaches together with genome scale mutagenesis, you will be able to generate deep new insights into fascinating aspects of parasite biology and host parasite interactions. This position will work between the Malaria Programme and the Cellular Genetics Programme led by Sarah Teichmann and will offer training opportunities in both wet lab and computational areas, but the wet lab component will be essential.

For more details about the position and our research, visit our laboratory website ( or contact Oliver Billker ( Visit to apply.

Essential Skills

  • PhD in a relevant subject area, including for instance genetics, genomics, cell and molecular biology or infectious disease research
  • Excellent organization and record keeping skills
  • Independence and motivation, a self-starter and problem solver
  • Ability to deliver high-quality scientific outputs
  • Ability to work independently on projects to the point of publication, as well as part of a team
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines
  • Ability to test and implement new assays and techniques including their troubleshooting
  • Willingness to undertake research involving animals

Ideal Skills

  • A keen interest and proven aptitude to work with large data sets
  • Some understanding of programming and analysis software, for instance R, Unix, Perl
  • Knowledge, skills and experience in molecular parasitology and genomics
  • Background in malaria research or research using rodent models

Other information
The Sanger Institute is a charitably funded research centre that applies the power of genomics to uncover the basis of genetic and infectious disease. We conduct science at a scale and speed that sets our research apart. Our passion is to provide results that can be translated into diagnostics, treatments or therapies that reduce global health burdens.

The Institute is located near Cambridge on the stunning Wellcome Trust Genome Campus. This growing and dynamic site is the British hub of genomic science. It hosts the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), the Centre for Therapeutic Target Validation, a Biodata Innovation Centre and will soon host Genomics England Limited’s 100,000 Genomes Sequencing Centre. It is an excellent environment in which to work and collaborate with researchers on campus and around the world and benefit from cross-fertilisation of ideas.

To help researchers to develop their skills and networks, the Institute hosts a range of scientific seminars with internal and invited speakers, scientific group meetings and skills development workshops. In addition the Campus is home to the Wellcome Trust Advanced Course and Scientific Conferences programme and the Wellcome Trust Conference Centre.

Our Benefits include: Defined Benefit Pension Scheme, Group Income Protection, Healthcare scheme, Childcare Vouchers, Nursery and 25 days Annual Leave plus Bank Holidays. We also have a gym, two cafes, a nursery, dining facilities, and a free campus Bus service. Our thriving Sports and Social Club provides many opportunities to meet with people working across the campus.

Please include a covering letter and CV with your application. 

Closing date for applications: 11th April 2017, however applications will be considered and reviewed on an on-going basis and therefore the post may be filled before the deadline.

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