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Applications are invited for an experienced Research Assistant, to start as soon as possible on a fixed term basis until 30 September 2024. The role holder will be working in the group of Professor Richard Durbin in the Department of Genetics on studies into genetic diversity and species boundaries.

The successful applicant will be supporting research on Malawi cichlid and Yponomeuta moth projects by carrying out DNA and RNA extractions and making libraries for Illumina sequencing. They will also work on the generation of genome assemblies for representative individuals using long read sequencing, therefore experience of extracting good quality high molecular weight DNA is essential.

Additionally, the role holder will support the development of protocols for new species, adding to established protocols for nanopore sequencing. There will also be the opportunity to work on a second project, supporting the development of a robust protocol for aquatic environmental DNA sample analysis, and transfer of this to collaborators in Malawi.

The responsibilities of the role 

  • High-throughput DNA and RNA extractions and library preparation for Illumina sequencing
  • High molecular weight DNA extraction, library preparation and sequencing using ONT devices
  • Metabarcoding work: reference library creation for Malawi non-cichlid fish species, eDNA extraction, eDNA library preparation
  • Data and sample management for genetics work
  • Assist with teaching/workshops to share protocols with collaborators
  • Contribute to the provision of datasets, preparation of reports and outreach material
  • Design and execute laboratory experiments in a reliable and timely manner under the supervision of senior research staff
  • Provide detailed descriptions of experiments and support with the analysis of data and suggesting next steps
  • Identify technical issues as they occur and troubleshoot

Additional information

This position can be offered on a full-time basis, Monday to Friday, or for 80% of full time (4 days per week). Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

The closing date for applications is midnight on Wednesday 13th March and we are looking to interview as quickly as possible after this date.  Please quote reference PC40719 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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