3-year Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Genomics of Senescence in the
Seychelles warbler, U Leeds, UK
Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have
an established background in evolutionary genomics, quantitative genetics or
a related relevant discipline?
As individuals reach older ages their bodies deteriorate – a process known
as senescence. It is clear that individuals differ greatly in the age at
which they start to senesce, and how quickly they then deteriorate. However,
why individuals senesce so differently remains unresolved. Understanding
this question is fundamentally important from an evolutionary perspective.
It also has massive ramifications for human health, animal husbandry and
conservation, as reducing exposure to factors that negatively impact
senescence would enable individuals to live longer healthier lives
You will work on the Natural Environment Research Council funded project
‘The genomics of senescence in the Seychelles warbler’ which is led by Dr
Hannah Dugdale (Leeds) and Professor David Richardson (East Anglia), in
collaboration with Professor Terry Burke (Sheffield) and Professor Jan
Komdeur (Groningen). The project uses the outstanding Seychelles warbler
dataset, a major model system in the study of evolution, cooperative
breeding and senescence. Crucially, this study focuses on an isolated island
population, which has allowed us to follow all individuals (over many
generations) throughout their lives, collect blood samples (thus allowing
individual genetic characteristics and intrinsic biomarkers to be measured)
and measure concurrent environmental conditions, social experiences and
You will oversee the collation of genomic data and the quantitative genetic
analysis of senescence. You will quantify the overall relative impact of
environmental, social, transgenerational and genetic factors, across the
genome, on when and how quickly individuals deteriorate with age. There will
be an opportunity to get involved in the other components of the wider
Seychelles warbler project, including fieldwork.
You will have a PhD in evolutionary genomics, quantitative genetics or a
closely allied discipline along with experience in generating and analysing
data using bioinformatics, quantitative genetics and statistical skills in R.
Interviews are expected to take place between 18 July and 20 July 2017.
To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:
Hannah Dugdale, Lecturer in Conservation Biology
Tel: +44 (0)113 343 5598, email: [email protected]
Location: University of Leeds – Main Campus, UK
Faculty/Service: Faculty of Biological Sciences
School/Institute: School of Biology
Grade: Grade 7
Salary: £32,004 to £38,183 p.a.
Due to funding limitations an appointment cannot be made above £32,004 p.a.
Working Time: 100%
Post Type: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed Term (for 3 years due to funding. Latest start date 1
Closing Date: Monday 10 July 2017
Interview Date: Wednesday 19 July 2017
Downloads: Candidate Brief
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