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vacancy - Research Assistant - Molecular Systematics

Tim Littlewood T.Littlewood at nhm.ac.uk
Thu Aug 1 07:28:31 EST 1996

Molecular Systematics

Department of Zoology, The Natural History Museum, London

A post is available from 1st December 1996 (possibly earlier) for a
Research Assistant working on a Wellcome Trust funded project entitled:
"The evolution of parasitism in the Platyhelminthes: a combined
morphological and molecular phylogenetic approach".  The project will have
been running for a year and will be running for a further 4 years.

The post is ideally suited to candidates with 2 or 3 years postgraduate
experience in a molecular laboratory.  The majority of the work is routine
sequencing (setting up reactions for an ABI 373 automated sequencer) and
skills in DNA extraction and gene amplification are essential.  Candidates
with these skills and a further interest in molecular phylogenetics and
evolution, or even flatworms, are encouraged to apply.  Experience in
manipulating and analysing molecular sequence data would also be an
advantage.  Postdoctoral candidates who fit these criteria and who may wish
to change research direction towards phylogenetics or parasitism are
welcome to apply.

We have a number of collaborative ventures established and the project has
momentum which we would like to maintain.  The salary is set at the
national Research Assistant Grade 1B level (pounds sterling 16,451 -
18,120, inclusive of London Weighting Allowance).  Some funds are available
for travel but there are no funds available for relocating.

The existing Research Assistant (RA) will be returning home to Australia
and shortlisted candidates will be encouraged to contact her for the
'insider's view'.   It is hoped there will be an overlap of 2 weeks between
the incoming and outgoing RAs but this is negotiable.

Interested candidates should contact me at the address below (from 5th
September; please do not expect a response before then as I will be away).
Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and a covering letter.

Closing date for this position: October 31st 1996.


Dr. Tim Littlewood
Division of Parasitic Worms
Department of Zoology
The Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD

e-mail:                 dtl at nhm.ac.uk
tel:            +44 171 938 9479
fax:            +44 171 938 8754

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