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Postdoctoral Position in Computational/Systems Biology open

A Network Biology Approach to Understanding the Impact of Genetic Variation on Susceptibility to Bovine Infectious Diseases.

A two-year Science Foundation Ireland funded postdoctoral position is currently available in the newly established Teagasc (Irish Agriculture & Food Development Authority), Animal & Bioscience Department, in Co. Meath in Ireland.

The successful candidate will utilise a network/systems biology approach to investigate the impact of genetic variation on molecular interaction networks regulating host susceptibility to infectious disease in cattle and other organisms (human/mouse). In particular, this position will seek to identify potentially new candidate genes which influence susceptibility to bovine tuberculosis. Tuberculosis is a devastating disease of humans and animals. Bovine tuberculosis, caused by Mycobacterium bovis, is a major zoonotic pathogen and causes losses to global agriculture of approx. €2.2 billion per annum.

This project is a computational biology project and as such the applicant should have a PhD in computational biology/bioinformatics, along with strong programming skills (Perl, C, Java) and should be very familiar with working in a Linux and HPC environment. Database management skills (e.g. MySQL) would also be useful. Demonstrated experience in network/systems biology would be a strong asset, as would knowledge/interest in immunology/infectious disease research. Experience with interpreting large-scale genotype data and genome-wide association data is also sought.

This is a collaborative project between Dr. David Lynn's group at the Teagasc Animal & Bioscience Department and Prof. Dan Bradley's group at the Smurfit Institute of Genetics, Trinity College Dublin. The Animal & Bioscience Department is located in brand-new state-of-the-art facilities in the rolling Irish countryside of Ireland's Heritage Capital, County Meath, and yet is within easy commuting distance of Dublin City, one of the most vibrant cities in Europe.

The successful candidate will be appointed in accordance with SFI's post-doctorate researcher pay-scale with starting salary of €41,808 per annum. The current salary scale is €41,808 to €51,228.

Starting pay will be at the minimum of the scale per Government Circular E100/8/82. Exceptional circumstances may apply for candidates with current or previous service in the public sector (including Teagasc). Remuneration may be adjusted from time to time in line with Government Policy.

How to Apply
If you wish to apply for this position please log on to the following link, http://www.publicjobs.ie/publicjobs/en/star/goToJobDetails.do?id=1968.

Please ensure to include and attach a covering letter, a Curriculum Vitae, and contact details for three referees along with your completed application form and submit online to Public Appointments.

Candidates must register their details through www.publicjobs.ie prior to applying. Application forms cannot be accepted after the closing date.

The completed application documents must be forwarded so as to reach the Public Appointments Service not later than midnight, 10th October 2011.

If you are interested in this position and would like further information please email Dr. David Lynn, at david.lynn @ teagasc.ie.

posted 2011.10.05