Postdoctoral Fellow in Indigenous Human Genomics



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Job description

Palmerston North
School of Fundamental Sciences
College of Sciences
Term length: fixed-term
Hours of work: full-time

Position Overview

We are looking for a motivated postdoctoral fellow to study the diversity and nature of structural variation in the genomes of Māori and Pasifika Aotearoa New Zealand populations, with the aim of informing future research into the genetic determinants of health in these populations.

This position is based in the computational biology research group at Massey University in the city of Palmerston North, New Zealand. The position offers a rare opportunity to experience New Zealand’s unique natural and cultural environment, while still undertaking world leading research. Palmerston North, a university town with a diverse community, offers a full range of social and cultural amenities. The city is located between mountains and the sea, and presents regular opportunities for hiking, skiing, surfing and adventure sports. It also has a good café scene for those of a more cosmopolitan bent.

The postdoctoral fellow in this purely computational position is expected to help establish the research program over a two year fixed term period, with an emphasis on working towards genomic knowledge and datasets that will benefit Māori and Pasifika via novel health-related research. This research program involves ongoing partnership with Māori and Pasifika communities.

This is a purely analytical position and therefore requires solid quantitative and computational skills, with the ability to apply bioinformatic applications to long-read genome analysis. At a minimum, confidence in bioinformatics and scripting is required. Training in genomics can be provided as needed, and candidates from non-standard research backgrounds with a clear fit to the position are encouraged to apply.

We offer a comprehensive package reflective of the candidate’s research and skills, with starting salaries that are considerably competitive than the postdoctoral fellow positions in the US and Europe.

Our team is firmly embedded in the international scientific community, with extensive collaborative links to Australia, Asia, Europe and the United States. We have strong connections with Indigenous researchers and communities. Ongoing training is a key focus for postdocs. As a computational biology group, we offer a supportive environment for quantitatively-inclined postdocs to work towards independence.

Our research group aims to achieve work-life balance within a productive scientific environment. The group is highly international, and applicants from all countries and backgrounds are actively encouraged to apply.

For further information, please visit my group’s website ( and the website of our funder, Genomics Aotearoa (

For preliminary enquiries about this position, please contact Murray Cox [email protected].

In your application please include:

· A brief statement of research experience and research interests relevant to the project, focusing on short to mid-term career goals.

· A CV including qualifications and scientific publications.

· The names and contact details of three referees willing to provide a confidential letter of recommendation upon request.

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