University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

United Kingdom

Closing in 11 days

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Centre for Human Genetics, Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Information and Discovery, Old Road Campus, Roosevelt Drive, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7BN

We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to join the University of Oxford's Big Data Institute, to work on efficient simulation methods and analytical models of background selection.

Background selection is one of the most important evolutionary forces, yet we lack efficient simulation and analysis methods. You will work in the Kelleher group, in close collaboration with the Lohse group in Edinburgh to develop new simulation and inference methods, and implement these in the msprime simulator and/or tskit library. You will develop high-quality open-source software as part of the globally-distributed tskit-dev team.

It is essential that you hold a PhD/ DPhil (or close to completion) in a quantitative science subject, together with experience in mathematical population genetics, in particular coalescent processes, and strong Python programming skills. You will have experience of developing population genetic simulation and/or inference methods, and excellent communication skills, including the ability to write for publication, present research proposals and results, and represent the research group at meetings.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online and you will be required to upload a supporting statement and CV as part of your online application. Your supporting statement must explain how you meet the selection criteria for the post using examples of your skills and experience.

This position is offered full time on a fixed term contract until 30 June 2026 and is funded by the EPSRC.

Only applications received before 12 midday on Wednesday 12 June 2024 will be considered. Please quote 172597 on all correspondence.

Contact Person : Margarita Monroy Vacancy ID : 172597 Contact Phone : 01865287757 Closing Date & Time : 12-Jun-2024 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 7 Contact Email : [email protected] Salary (£) : Salary in range £36,024 - £40,521 per annum

Job details


Postdoctoral Research Assistant


University of Oxford


United Kingdom


May 16, 2024

Application deadline

June 12, 2024

Job type



Biology,Geosciences,Mathematics,Medicine,Physics,Social Science

About the employer

The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and is actually so ancient that its founding date is unknown – though it is thought that teaching took place there as early as the 11th century. It’s located in and around the medieval city center of Oxford, dubbed “the dreaming city of spires” by the 19th century poet Matthew Arnold, and comprises 44 colleges and halls as well as the largest library system in the UK. 

There are 22,000 students at Oxford in total, around half of whom are undergraduates, while 40 per cent are international students. A quarter of the city of Oxford’s residents are students, giving the city the youngest population in the UK. 

The University of Oxford does not have a main campus, its buildings and facilities instead being scattered around the medieval city center. Its colleges each have a distinctive character and traditions often dating back centuries. Colleges are self-governing institutions to which students usually apply directly. There are four academic divisions within Oxford University: Humanities, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences; Medical Sciences; and Social Sciences. The university’s particular strength is the sciences, and it is ranked number one in the world for medicine.

Oxford is a youthful and cosmopolitan city with plenty to see and do. There are dozens of historic and iconic buildings, including the Bodleian Libraries, Ashmolean Museum, Sheldonian Theatre, the cathedral, and the colleges themselves.  Students can choose to spend their time studying or avail themselves of the many extracurricular activities available. There’s a strong musical life at Oxford, with clubs and societies spanning all genres, from jazz, through to classical and folk. Oxford is also ranked highly for sport, with its top rowers taking part every year in the world-famous boat race with the University of Cambridge on the River Thames. Drama lovers are also well catered for, with one of the largest and most vibrant university drama scenes in the country.

Oxford has an alumni network of over 250,000 individuals, including more than 120 Olympic medalists, 26 Nobel Prize winners, seven poets laureate, and over 30 modern world leaders (including Bill Clinton, Aung San Suu Kyi, Indira Ghandi and 26 UK Prime Ministers). 

It has a friendly rivalry with Cambridge for the title of best university in the UK and is regularly ranked as being one of the top three universities in the world. Notable Oxford thinkers and scientists include Tim Berners-Lee, Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins.

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