Computational Biologist (Staff Scientist) - Understanding Host-Pathogen Interactions in Malaria at the Single Cell Level.

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, a world leader in genetic research, is looking for an exceptional Computational Biologist (Staff Scientist) to support a new initiative to study host-pathogen interactions at the single cell level.

Exciting projects range from dissecting cell fate decisions in a complex parasite life cycle to analysing the struggle between a parasite, host and vector tissues with single cell resolution. The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary team of laboratory scientists and computational biologists to develop innovative analysis tools and to lead on the computational and biological analysis of large datasets.

We are looking for a talented individual who can provide an effective interface to connect our research programmes on Malaria (Dr. Oliver Billker) and Cellular Genetics (led by Dr. Sarah Teichmann).

For informal inquiries you may contact Dr. Oliver Billker (ob4@sanger.ac.uk).

Essential Skills

  • PhD degree or equivalent experience in a computational or biological science
  • Strong experience or formal training in computational biology or bioinformatics and familiarity with genome
  • Experience with transcriptomic datasets and knowledge of single cell technologies
  • Demonstrated proficiency with several of the following technologies: R, Unix, Perl, Python, Java, Matlab, C, C++
  • Evidence of ability to work as part of a team
  • Highly developed problem solving skills
  • Excellent communication skills as evidenced by publications and presentations
  • Ability to prioritise tasks to ensure the right things are done at the right time

Ideal Skills

  • Evidence of ability to work effectively in an interdisciplinary environment
  • Good knowledge of genomics, cell biology and immunology
  • Experience with large biological datasets¬†

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Campus Life

The Sanger Institute is a charitably funded research centre focused on understanding the role of genetics in health and disease. We use state of the art large-scale genomic approaches to drive world-leading projects to uncover the basis of genetic and infectious disease. Our goal is to provide results that can be translated into diagnostics, treatments or therapies that reduce global health burdens.

The Institute is located near Cambridge, UK on the stunning Wellcome Genome Campus. This growing and dynamic site is the British hub of genomic science. It hosts the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), Open Targets, a Biodata Innovation Centre and will soon host Genomics England Limited's 100,000 Genomes Sequencing Centre. The Campus is also home to the Wellcome Genome Campus Courses, Conferences and Public Engagement (CCPE) programme. The CCPE programme delivers training and engagement focussed around genomics, its applications, and implications. Its vision is to inspire a range of audiences both on the Campus and beyond it, and make the world of genomics open and accessible to all.

Our Benefits include: Defined Contribution Pension Scheme, Group Income Protection, Healthcare scheme, Childcare Vouchers, Workplace Nursery and 25 days Annual Leave, increasing by one day per year up to a maximum of 30, plus Bank Holidays. We also have a gym, two cafes, dining facilities, and a free campus bus service. Our thriving Sports and Social Club provides many opportunities to meet with people working across the campus.

Please include a covering letter and CV with your application.

Closing date for applications: 4th December 2016, however applications will be considered and reviewed on an on-going basis and therefore the post may be filled before the deadline.

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