University of York

University of York

Research Associate Bioinformatics

United Kingdom

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Research Associate Bioinformatics




£36,024 - £37,099 a year


Grade 6

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  • Role Description Department

    The Department of Archaeology at the University of York is ranked 20th in the world and 5th in the UK in the QS rankings. We are based in both the King's Manor in the heart of the historic city of York and at Heslington West campus. Our vibrant community consists of over 100 staff and over 600 students, with growing international representation. We carry out international, impact- oriented and interdisciplinary teaching and research of the highest quality through our strong network of partnerships. The student experience is of paramount importance to the Department and we maintain a high level of student satisfaction. Equality, diversity and inclusion are at our core and we promote a collegial environment in which staff and students feel supported and valued. We are proud of our Athena Swan Bronze Award and strive to provide a working environment which allows all staff and students to contribute fully, flourish, and excel.


    This Research Associate will play an instrumental role in HIDDEN FRONTIERS, a NERC-funded project which aims to understand the history of agriculture, crop replacement and plant adaptation in the circum-Alpine region from the Neolithic to the Iron Age. The project brings together experts in archaeobotany, palaeogenomics and palaeoenvironmental/palaeoclimatic modelling to investigate how specific crops and wider agricultural systems responded to cultural and environmental changes. Further information on the HIDDEN FRONTIERS project and team members is available at https: //

    This three-year post is designed to develop a diverse career profile for a researcher with a bioinformatics background. The successful candidate will have knowledge of bioinformatic software and experience of analysing genome- wide datasets, preferably ancient DNA datasets, and will be eager to be trained in ancient DNA laboratory methods. The candidate will partake in all steps of the project, helping build a unique profile to pursue a wide range of future opportunities. Specifically, the Research Associate is expected to:

  • Following detailed training, extract ancient DNA from archaeological specimens, prepare high-throughput DNA sequencing libraries and perform targeted enrichment experiments
  • Process palaeogenomic datasets using a range of bioinformatic tools
  • Following detailed training, integrate ancient DNA data with palaeoenvironmental/palaeoclimatic data to investigate adaptation
  • Present at international conferences to diverse audiences
  • Lead peer-reviewed papers
  • Skills, Experience & Qualification needed
  • First degree in archaeology, bioinformatics, genetics or other relevant discipline
  • PhD in ancient DNA analysis, bioinformatics, genetics, biochemistry and/or a relevant field of archaeological science or equivalent experience
  • Knowledge of bioinformatics to engage in high quality research
  • Experience analysing genomic datasets with bioinformatic tools
  • Interview date : TBC

    For informal enquiries : please contact Nathan Wales at [email protected]

    The University strives to be diverse and inclusive – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.

    We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University.

    We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork

    Job details


    Research Associate Bioinformatics


    University of York


    United Kingdom


    September 16, 2023

    Application deadline

    October 12, 2023

    Job type



    Anthropology,Biology,Computer Science

    About the employer

    The University of York was established in 1963 when the University Grants Commission permitted a university in 1960. The university started operating with its first batch of 230 students on Oct. 9, 1963, under the leadership of Lord James as its chancellor. Originally the university only had 28 staff members and six departments; economics, English, education, history, politics, and mathematics. At present, the university includes nine colleges and more than 30 research centers and academic departments. The university is now accredited by the Privy Council.

    Located in Heslington, the University of York has been improving and expanding its campus ever since its establishment. The campus has plenty of landmarks, sculptures, and college buildings. The King's Manor is a historic structure that currently houses the Centre for Medieval Studies, the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and the Department of Archaeology. Located in the center of the campus, Central Hall is a tiered auditorium used for hosting concerts, competitions, conferences, graduations, fashion shows, and other events. The university's archives and library network includes many libraries on the campus and in the nearby area. The JB Morrell library is the campus' main library. Heslington Hall is another significant landmark of the campus.

    The University of York offers a plethora of undergraduate, research, and postgraduate programs in various fields like archaeology, sciences, computer science, law, management, medicine, mathematics, languages, arts, philosophy, psychology, and sociology. The university has 18,930 students. The university has collaborations with reputed research-oriented institutions across the world. It is a part of an alliance of 24 well-established research-intensive universities. Also, the university has great student exchange programs and research links with numerous other universities around the globe. It offers excellent professional training to its students and provides them outstanding employment opportunities in prestigious firms.

    The university has produced several notable and successful alumni. Greg Dyke is a renowned British journalist, media executive, broadcaster, and football administrator. Aníbal Cavaco Silva is Portugal's former president. Mahmoud Mohieldin is the vice-president of the World Bank Group. Jung Chang is a British writer, famous for her award-winning book 'Wild Swans'. Anthony Horowitz is an English screenwriter and novelist, popular for his works such as 'The Diamond Brothers' series, 'The Power of Five' series, and the 'Alex Rider' series. Han Seung-soo is South Korea's former prime minister. Peter Hitchens is an author and journalist who writes for The Mail. His popular works include 'The Abolition of Britain', 'The War We Never Fought', and 'The Rage Against God'. Many other distinguished people are a part of the university's alumni network.

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