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Job: Research fellow in genomics and society

12 July 2011

The ESRC Genomics Policy and Research Forum, University of Edinburgh are currently looking for a Research Fellow to join our team, focusing on key aspects of the relationship between genomics and society. You should be a social or natural scientist interested in working on the relationship between genomics and society. You will help to shape the work of the ESRC’s Genomics Policy and Research Forum by contributing to the development of research, thematic programmes and events covering a wide range of policy relevant issues, ideally building on your existing research expertise. You should have a PhD (social science, science or humanities) or be able to demonstrate equivalent experience. You should also have good organisational, interpersonal and communication skills. Knowledge of developments in the life sciences and an interest in linking social science, science and public policy would be an advantage.

Main Purpose of Job: To contribute to the development of research, thematic programmes and research-based events (such as expert seminars) as part of a team, focusing on key aspects of the relationship between genomics and society.

Context of the Job: The Genomics Policy and Research Forum is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). It provides a bridge between social science and policy makers in the UK and abroad and also seeks to develop links between social scientists and scientists working on genomics. This includes areas as diverse as plant and animal genetics, embryonic stem cell research, and associated health applications. This appointment will play a central role in shaping the Forum’s research activities over the final period of the Forum’s ESRC funding.

The post is available for up to 17 months from 1st September. Secondment from an existing position in government, business, or a civil society will be considered.

The post is full-time (35 hours) but applications for 28 hours per week will also be considered.

Closing date 1st August 2011 Salary Scale: £29,972 – £35,788 For further information please visit The University of Edinburgh jobs website http://www.jobs.ed.ac.uk/vacancies/index.cfm?fuseaction=vacancies.detail&vacancy_ref=3014552&go=GO

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