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Position: Postdoctoral Research Scientist
Institution: Medical Research Council
Location: London, United Kingdom
Duties: The group’s research is aimed at understanding how genome variation affects behaviour, with an emphasis on how high-throughput imaging and quantitative analysis can open new ways of exploring the genotype-phenotype map. Plan and carry out research in accordance with the project aims. Write clear well-commented code and contribute to shared repositories on GitHub. Attend project and related research group meetings. Interact and collaborate with group members. Provide training and advice for other group members including PhD students. Publish results in peer-reviewed journals.Take an active part in the academic activities of the LMS. Attend and contribute to journal clubs and seminar presentations
Requirements: PhD (or equivalent) in physical sciences, engineering, mathematics, computer science, or similar. Demonstrated ability to derive insight from quantitative data using computational methods. Experience planning and completing an independent research project. Expertise in at least one programming language
   
Text: MRC Postdoctoral Research Scientist LMS - 743 Open Date 12/01/2018 12:35 Close Date 13/02/2018 23:55 Research Institute MRC London Institute of Medical Science Research Institute / Unit Information The London Institute of Medical Sciences an Institute funded by the MRC and is a Division of the Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College. Based on the Hammersmith Hospital Campus in West London (W12), the LMS has first class facilities and provides investigators from clinical and basic science backgrounds with the opportunity to pursue innovative, multidisciplinary research within the established clinical base of Imperial College. For more information, visit www.lms.mrc.ac.uk. Band MRC - 4 Location London Salary £35,340 - £38,181 p.a. inclusive of allowances* Contract Type Fixed Term Job Type Science Full Time / Part Time Full Time Contract Length 3 years Job Description Overall purpose: The Behavioural Genomics group is headed by Dr André Brown in the Integrative Biology section of the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences. The group’s research is aimed at understanding how genome variation affects behaviour, with an emphasis on how high-throughput imaging and quantitative analysis can open new ways of exploring the genotype-phenotype map. For more information, see the group’s website at https://lms.mrc.ac.uk/research-group/behavioural-genomics/ . Current areas of research include new representations of complex phenotypes such as behaviour and the development of new imaging systems to record video of freely behaving worms with high-throughput and resolution. Increasingly, we are also using this technology for whole-animal drug screens. The post holder will develop new methods for quantifying behaviour to improve the power of genome wide association studies for behaviour and to predict the mechanism of action of new neuro-active drugs. Main duties / key responsibilities: Plan and carry out research in accordance with the project aims Write clear well-commented code and contribute to shared repositories on GitHub Attend project and related research group meetings Interact and collaborate with group members Provide training and advice for other group members including PhD students Publish results in peer-reviewed journals Take an active part in the academic activities of the LMS Attend and contribute to journal clubs and seminar presentations Present data at national and international meetings Form good working relationships with other members of the group as well as internal and external collaborators Person Specification Education / Qualifications / Training required: Essential: PhD (or equivalent) in physical sciences, engineering, mathematics, computer science, or similar. Demonstrated ability to derive insight from quantitative data using computational methods Desirable: Ability to code in Python Experience with machine learning including deep learning Experience with image analysis (segmentation and tracking) Previous work experience required: Essential : Experience planning and completing an independent research project Desirable: Publications in peer-reviewed journals Presentations at scientific conferences Knowledge and experience: Essential: Expertise in at least one programming language Good written and verbal communication skills Personal skills/behaviours/qualities: Essential: Motivation Creativity Diligence Ability to work in a collaborative research environment Willingness to give and receive help with challenging problems Good interpersonal skills Willingness to share knowledge and transfer skills to other members of the group on a daily basis Additional Information This post is a MRC Postdoctoral Research Scientist to support post-doctoral training and help establish successful research scientists in their chosen field. During the fellowship tenure we are committed to provide mentorship for career development and improvement of communication skills. We also offer a highly attractive benefits package including competitive salary and salary pension scheme. Applicants should submit one CV, a brief cover letter describing scientific interests and names and contacts of two scientific references. Further Information * Salary quoted is inclusive of London weighting. Additional allowances comprise a £1,000 lump sum Settlement Allowance plus a yearly Training Allowance of £850 in the first year, paid in monthly instalments. The Training Allowance increases to £1,300 in year two, and £1,800 in the third year. The MRC is a great place to work and progress your career, be it in scientific research or the support functions. The MRC is a unique working environment where our researchers are rewarded by world class innovation and collaboration opportunities that the MRC name brings. The MRC is an excellent place to develop yourself further and a range of training & development opportunities will be available to you, including professional registration with the Science Council. Choosing to come to work at the MRC means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits from a final salary pension scheme and excellent holiday entitlement to access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme and childcare vouchers, as well as the chance to put the MRC on your CV in the future. Our success is dependent upon our ability to embrace diversity and draw on the skills, understanding and experience of all our people. We welcome applications from all sections of the community irrespective of gender, race, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, disability or age. As "Disability Confident" employers, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy. Final appointments will be subject to pre-employment screening.
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