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Research Fellow in Genomics of senescence in the Seychelles warbler

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 individual characteristics.

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:


Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Biological Sciences
School/Institute:  School of Biology
Category:  Research
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 September 2017)
Closing Date:  Monday 10 July 2017
Interview Date:  Wednesday 19 July 2017
Reference:  FBSBY1069
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

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