Postdoctoral Research Associate / Postdoctoral Research Fellow of College of Life and Environmental Sciences
University of Exeter, College of Life and Environmental Sciences
United Kingdom

Postdoctoral Research Associate / Postdoctoral Research Fellow


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The starting salary for an Associate will be from £29,515 up to £34,189 on Grade E, depending on qualifications and experience. The starting salary for a Fellow will be from £35,211 up to £43,267 on grade F, depending on qualifications and experiencePackageGenerous holiday allowances, flexible working, pension scheme and relocation package (if applicable).


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College of Life and Environmental Sciences

The above full-time post is available from 02/09/2019 to 31/08/2019 in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences


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Viruses are the most abundant organisms on Earth, and profoundly impact nutrient cycling in the oceans. Viral predation on microbial hosts is responsible for the largest carbon fluxes in the oceans. As part of a UK NERC-funded collaboration to investigate the utility of eDNA in environmental monitoring, we are hiring a Postdoctoral Research Fellow or Assistant (depending on experience) to analyse time-series metagenomic and amplicon sequence data, with a focus on the viral component of DNA that passes through a 0.2 Um filter.

The candidate will be responsible for (1) development and optimisation of long-read sequencing for high-fidelity viral metagenomics using PacBio and/or MinION platforms; (2) development of reproducible pipelines for metagenomic assembly and analyses of short and long-read timeseries data from a 3 year study of eDNA in the Western English Channel; (3) ecological analyses of microbial communities supported by rich environmental metadata; (4) synthesis of results into manuscripts aimed at top-tier journals and for presentation at international conferences.


About you

The successful applicant will be able to develop and deliver research objectives and contribute to the process of securing funds and make presentations at conferences and other events. Applicants will possess a relevant PhD (or be nearing completion for Postdoctoral Research Associates) or equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study. The successful applicant will:

* Have experience commensurate with the position of library preparation for PacBio and/or MinION sequencing, including protocol optimisation
* Be a nationally recognised authority in bioinformatic analyses of environmental microbial communities, ideally with experience in either viral metagenomics or analysis of long-read sequence data. 
* Possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to develop research programmes and methodologies, with an ability to keep pace with the rapid developments in this field. 
* Be able to work collaboratively within a tight-knit and supportive research group, supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required. 
* Knowledge of time-series analyses is desirable.


You can view the Job Description and Person Specification document here.


The University of Exeter 

We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019). We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, achieving a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017.


Our research income in recent years means we're fastest growing UK Research University and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today through this. 98% of our research is international quality (2014 Research Excellence Framework) and we encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students.

With over 22,000 students and 5,500 staff from 180 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment in which to work. We are an equal opportunity employer, a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.  



We offer some fantastic benefits including:

41 days leave per year
Options for flexible working 
Numerous discounts at leading retailers
Onsite gyms on all of our campus' and a cycle to work scheme
Sector leading policies around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), paternity leave (up to six weeks full pay) and a new Fertility Treatment Policy
Stunning campus environments in Exeter and Cornwall, in the beautiful South West of England

For further information please contact Adam Monier ( or Ben Temperton (

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