Research Associate

Imperial College London - Department of Molecular Sciences

Fixed Term for one year in the first instance

Hammersmith Campus

We are looking for a talented and highly skilled postdoctoral researcher with a background in the analysis of genomic and epigenomic data or a related field. The candidate should have a record of accomplishments indicating the ability to perform analysis, visualisation and dissemination of data produced by high-throughput sequencing, as well as in-depth knowledge of molecular biology. The candidate is expected to have proficiency in programming and analysis of genomics data and the design of analysis pipelines. The knowledge of UNIX administration is a plus.

The post is funded by BBSRC for the project entitled “DanioPeaks:  A Central Resource for Standardised Annotation and Re-annotation of Whole-Genome Data for the Model Vertebrate Zebrafish”. Its aim is to develop the processing pipeline for analysis of all published NGS sequencing datasets available for zebrafish by using the established standardised protocols of ENCODE and modENCODE. It will make the growing amount of zebrafish NGS data directly comparable and available for meta-analysis to the wider scientific community. Besides resulting in a resource of broad interest and associated publication, the project will give opportunity to the postdoctoral researcher to demonstrate the utility of the integrated data produced on the project for discovering new biology. Within the latter part of the project there is ample opportunity for taking initiative and choosing one’s own direction, which will be strongly encouraged.

The post is a unique opportunity to work on developing and applying cutting-edge approaches for genome-wide data processing and integration for a model organism of rapidly growing importance, in one of the leading research environments in Europe and the world. The post holder will have the opportunity to work with a worldwide network of collaborators, attend scientific conferences, and publish the results of their work in top journals.   

You should have a PhD in Computational Biology, Bioinformatics or a related discipline. Knowledge of programming, molecular biology and genomics is expected, as well as prior experience with processing and management of next-generation sequencing data.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Professor Boris Lenhard at

Our preferred method of application is online via our website at (please select “Job Search” then enter the job title or vacancy reference number into “Keywords”). Please complete and upload an application form as directed quoting reference HM2016193. You are expected to upload a Research Statement (1-2 pages) with the application, outlining 1) your most important achievements to date and 2) a brief vision of your present research interests and future career development.

Alternatively, if you are unable to apply online, please email to request an application form.

Closing Date: 6 November 2016 (Midnight GMT)

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