Research Fellow

United Kingdom
Mar 16, 2018
Jun 14, 2018
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
  •  PhD in a human genetics, cancer biology or other relevant topic.
  •  2:1 or equivalent science based bachelors with honours degree
  •  Publication in scientific journals, including at least one first or joint first author publication
  •  Understanding of and experience of basic molecular biology techniques
  •  Demonstrable understanding of genetics and aspects of cancer biology
  •  Demonstrable ability to keep up to date with latest methods and key advances in relevant fields
  •  Contribution to scientific papers and reports
  •  Planning research and working effectively to meet deadlines
  •  Good oral and written communication and presentation skills
  •  Experience conducting Unix based analysis or a commitment and desire to learn to accomplish such analyses
  •  Knowledge of genetic public datasets
  •  Commitment to high standards, including record keeping and laboratory management
  •  Ability to work with a high degree of independence, to learn rapidly and to master diverse molecular biology techniques and analysis methods
  • We are looking for a highly motivated post-doctoral research fellow to join the Gastrointestinal Genetics group, led by Dr. Claire Palles ( group is based within the Institute of Cancer and Genomic Science, University of Birmingham, UK. The role will require that the holder be able to master both wet lab techniques and bioinformatics (using existing programmes).

    The group you would be joining aims to identify and characterise common and rare genetic variants associated with risk of gastrointestinal cancers and their precursors.The main project for which we require a research fellow candidate is focused on Barrett’s oesophagus, the established precursor lesion of Oesophageal adenocarcinoma, a cancer whose incidence is increasing globally and whose 5 year survival rate is poor.

    This group aims to improve risk stratification for Barrett’s oesophagus patients (most of whom will never develop oesophageal adenocarcinoma) and enhance our understanding of the causes of the disease and its progression to cancer so that prophylactic treatments and models for testing novel therapies can be developed.

    The position is financed for 3 years.

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