Senior Research Fellow - Bioinformatics

University of Portsmouth - School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Employment type:  Fixed term for 4 years

Interview date: 09 January 2017

The Faculty of Science is looking to recruit a talented and dynamic bioinformatician as a Senior Research Fellow to design, manage and deliver a number of bioinformatics research projects and related activities on behalf of research leaders in life sciences across the Faculty and to develop their own research portfolio.

Research within the Faculty covers a wide spectrum of health sciences, psychology, structural biology, biophysics, genetics, molecular, developmental and cellular biology, biotechnology, medicinal chemistry and biomaterials, computational biology and includes our Brain Tumour Centre of Excellence. Researchers have extensive collaborations with industry and both national and international institutes.

This position is for an experienced bioinformatician with a PhD in Computational Biology, Computer Science, Genetics, Physics or related field. We particularly welcome candidates with expertise in Semantic Web technologies, ontology and data mining techniques. Clear evidence of leadership and the ability to attract external funding will be advantageous. The successful candidate will be expected to support the research programme within the Faculty and will have the opportunity to develop their own independent research. This will include: (i) develop processing and computational and statistical analysis of genomic, and transcriptomic data sets, (ii) develop and maintain bioinformatics tools and pipelines for data analysis especially for next-generation sequencing, (iii) communicate and collaborate with both internal and external researchers and (iv) participate in writing scientific manuscripts and grant proposals, (v) supervise the training of masters and PhD students within the Faculty.

The startup package includes the salary, start-up funding, laboratory and office space and access to all shared equipment. The contract will be for 4 years in the first instance.

Short listed candidates will be asked to provide: 
a summary of the applicant’s future research plans (2 pages) including potential for prospective collaboration with particular groups within the Faculty.
a summary of proposed Masters and PhD-training in bioinformatics

For informal enquiries please contact either Dr Alan Thorne ( or Prof Darek Gorecki (

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