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Chris Hammond // Job description:

ESR (PhD Student) (36 months)
The early stage researcher will be working with the experienced researcher advertised above on myopia and other common eye disease genetics. Applicants with ophthalmology, optometry, molecular biology or statistics backgrounds are welcome to apply, and will be learning skills related to molecular genetic techniques, including DNA extraction, phenotyping, linkage studies, selection of SNPs and candidate genes, association studies and statistical analysis of large-scale genetic projects, as well as analysis of data from epidemiological studies. At the end of the 3 year PhD project, the researcher will be versed in the latest genetic epidemiology techniques.

ER (Post Doc) (24 months)
The Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology Unit, part of Kings College London and based at St Thomas' Hospital in central London, is a leading genetic epidemiology resource ( We have refraction data on over 1000 pairs of twins, and published the first genome-wide linkage analysis for myopia (Hammond et al, AJHG 2004).

We are looking for a genetic statistician to move this research forward, for two years in the first instance. Current projects include fine-mapping of published linkage loci using SNPs, 317k genome-wide association genotyping of the twins, and further SNP genome-wide linkage to replicate loci, with funding from the Wellcome Trust. In addition, the Twin Eye Study has data on cataract, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration (funded by Guide Dogs for the Blind).

We are looking for a dynamic researcher with understanding of modern genetic statistics, particularly with relation to complex traits. The TRU currently employs 4 post-doctoral genetic statisticians, and 3 PhD students, so the applicant will enjoy working in a supportive, mutually-developmental atmosphere

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