Postdoctoral Bioinformatician (High-throughput Genomics / Transcriptomics)

Babraham Institute

Salary (depending on experience):

Senior Postdoctoral Bioinformatician (BI 5) - £39,005 to £43,342 per annum
Postdoctoral Bioinformatician (BI 6) - £30,751 to £34,166 per annum

The Babraham Institute is a charity which is world renowned for its research in life sciences to enhance lives and improve wellbeing.

We are looking to recruit a Bioinformatician to join a successful international team studying the mechanisms of gene expression in the immune system.  The laboratory consists of five groups studying various aspects of immunology. 

The post holder will take a lead role in the development of methods to analyse the transcriptome of lymphocytes where available tools do not suffice to address the relevant biological questions. There will be an emphasis on the analysis of the dynamics of gene expression, identification of different mRNA isoforms and the discovery of novel transcripts and open reading frames.  In addition to leading their own project the applicant will assist others with the design and analysis of experiments involving next generation sequencing.

The successful applicant at the higher level will be a PhD level bioinformatician with experience in the design and analysis of experiments that use next generation sequencing to gain information on gene expression mechanisms.  Experience using existing packages for high throughput sequence analysis will be essential and experience in the development of novel analysis tools desirable. 

We will also consider less experienced individuals, with a relevant biological background, who can demonstrate the ability and determination to become skilled in bioinformatics.

Some examples of our work can be found below.

For more information on our science please visit our website.

Galloway, A., Saveliev, A., Łukasiak, S., Hodson, D.J., Bolland, D., Balmanno, K., Ahlfors, H., Monzón-Casanova, E., Ciullini-Mannurita, S., Bell, L.S., Andrews, S. R., Díaz-Muñoz, M.D., Cook, S. J., Corcoran, A. and Turner M. “RNA binding proteins ZFP36L1 and ZFP36L2 promote cell quiescence". Science 352:453  

Diaz-Muñoz,. M. D., Bell, S.E., Fairfax, K., Monzon-Casanova, E., Cunningham, A.F. Gonzalez-Porta, M., Andrews, S.R., Bunik, V. I., Zarnack, K., Curk, T.,  Ward A. Heggermont, W.A., Heymans, S., Gibson, G.E.,. Kontoyiannis, D. L., Ule, J., and TurnerM.  (2015) HuR-dependent regulation of mRNA splicing is essential for the B cell antibody response. Nature Immunology (4):415-25.

This position is available immediately.

Funding for this post is available for three years in the first instance but potentially convertible to an indefinite appointment.

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Martin Turner

Further information about the Institute can be found on our website.

Application forms and further details are available electronically from our website (, or e-mail:

On applying please quote reference MT-BIOST3-LTC.

Interviews will take place on 7/8 November 2016 or 9 November 2016 (afternoon).

No Agencies Please

The Babraham Institute is a user of the disability symbol and is positive about disabled people.

The Babraham Institute receives strategic funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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