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Research Associate

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University of York
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32,817 - 40,322 per year
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The Department of Biology at York research and teach across the whole spectrum of biological sciences – from molecular analysis of human diseases to understanding the global environment. This wide range facilitates an array of novel research collaborations within the Department and externally, and gives our teaching breadth, depth and immediacy. York’s status as one of the UK’s elite university biological sciences departments is supported by established metrics that relate to both research and teaching and places the Department in a leading position in the UK offering excellence in teaching inspired by world class research with impact.


We are looking for an enthusiastic candidate with experience in bioinformatics, plant biology, and statistical genetics. You will conduct individual and collaborative research projects and daily duties include: overseeing day to day management and delivery of all aspects of the project; liaising with industry partners in York, Scotland and France, conducting daily data analysis and interpretation, presenting your results in national and international conferences and writing academic papers associated with the study.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

Prior experience in genomic and transcriptomic analysis of complex traits, particularly in the area of plant genetics and/or disease and stress biology. Candidates with additional skills in molecular biology are particularly welcome. You will have a PhD or equivalent experience in evolutionary ecology/bioinformatics/plant biology. No prior postdoctoral research experience is required. However, an existing publication record is desirable. The project is being led by Dr Ville-Petri Friman and Dr Andrea Harper, who will directly supervise this post.

Interview date: Thursday 3 June 2021

For informal enquiries: please contact Andrea Harper via email: or Ville Friman via email:

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Why York?

York is one of the most successful universities in the UK.

With world-class activity across the spectrum from the physical sciences, life sciences, and social sciences to the humanities, we have been recognised as one of the top 100 universities in the world, gaining outstanding results in official assessments of our research and teaching.