Postdoctoral Fellow-Constructing a single cell atlas


Posted on 14.11.2018

Job description

We are looking to appoint a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow to work in the area of single cell biology. The position will be based in the laboratory of John Marioni at the EMBL-EBI and will work closely with the group of Sarah Teichmann at the Wellcome Sanger Institute. The methods developed will be applied to data generated as part of the international Human Cell Atlas project.

Recent advances in the area of single cell genomics have facilitated the possibility of generating a Human Cell Atlas, where cutting-edge molecular biology techniques can be used to refine our understanding of cell types within the human body, thereby building a platform for future transformative research in understanding tissue homeostasis and, ultimately, disease1-3.

While the past few years have seen substantial advances in the development of computational methods for analysing single cell data, the ability to synthesise these data into a comprehensive atlas, where the relationships between cell types both within and between distinct organs can be understood, is still lacking.

The Marioni group is a world leader in computational biology, with a particular focus on developing methods for data generated using single cell genomics technologies1-5. The Teichmann group has led the application of single cell transcriptomics technologies human cells and tissues over the past couple of years6-8. The successful candidate will have a strong background in computational biology, with a PhD in a relevant discipline. They will also have excellent communication skills and a genuine interest in applying computational methods to biological questions.

1. Haghverdi et al., Nature Biotechnology, 2018
2. Lun et al., Nature Methods, 2017
3. Vallejos et al., Nature Methods, 2017
4. Achim et al., Nature Biotechnology, 2015
5. Buettner et al., Nature Biotechnology, 2015
6. Young et al., Science, 2018.
7. Hagai et al., Nature (in press)
8. Gomes et al., BiorXiv,

Your role
This position will focus on the interpretation and integration of single cell genomics data from a variety of different tissues, using data generated by a large team of scientists funded by a Wellcome Trust Discretionary Award. The successful candidate will drive the development of computational methods as well as data interpretation and will interact closely with the biological groups generating the data.


The successful candidate will drive the development of computational methods as well as data interpretation and will interact closely with the biological groups generating the data.

Why join us
At EMBL-EBI, we help scientists realise the potential of ‘big data’ in biology by enabling them to exploit complex information to make discoveries that benefit mankind. Working for EMBL-EBI gives you an opportunity to apply your skills and energy for the greater good. As part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), we are a non-profit, intergovernmental organisation funded by 22 member states and two associate member states and proud to be an equal-opportunity employer. We are located on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK, and our 600 staff are engineers, technicians, scientists and other professionals from all over the world.

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation. The remuneration package comprises a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme and health insurance, educational and other family related benefits where applicable, as well as financial support for relocation and installation.

We have an informal culture, international working environment and excellent professional development opportunities but one of the really amazing things about us is the concentration of technical and scientific expertise – something you probably won’t find anywhere else.

If you’ve ever visited the campus you’ll have experienced first-hand our friendly, collegial and supportive atmosphere, set in the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside. Our staff also enjoy excellent sports facilities including a gym, a free shuttle bus, an on-site nursery, cafés and restaurant and a library. For more information about pay and benefits click here.

How to apply

To apply please submit a covering letter and CV, with two referees, through our online system. This position will be for the duration of the grant until 30.06.2021.

Applications are welcome from all nationalities and this will continue after Brexit. For more information please see our website. Visa information will be discussed in more depth with applicants selected for interview.
EMBL-EBI is committed to achieving gender balance and strongly encourages applications from women, who are currently under-represented at all levels. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

Applications will close at 23:00 BST on the date listed above.

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