Bioinformatics Support Engineer - Pathogen Informatic

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute - Biological Sciences

3 year Fixed Term Contract

The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute is looking to recruit an enthusiastic Bioinformatics Support Engineer to work within the Pathogen Informatics team. The Pathogen Informatics team is responsible for providing informatics support to members of the Pathogen Variation program, external collaborators, and visiting workers. The ideal candidate will be an excellent communicator and problem solver with strong interests in biological data and providing a high level of customer service. The candidate will work as part of a team of seven software developers and bioinformaticians, and will act as front line support for requests from members of the Pathogen program. The candidate will be responsible for monitoring and responding to user issues submitted to the helpdesk, managing and performing software installations, ensuring smooth running of data through automated analysis pipelines, performing submissions and updates to public data repositories (EBI and NCBI), and where appropriate assigning requests and bug reports to other developers in the team.

The team is based on the principles of agile development and strongly promotes open source software development using Github for all software projects. This position is an excellent opportunity for the successful candidate to work in a dynamic informatics support team with opportunities to gain significant experience in areas such as next-generation sequencing technologies, advanced unix, bash scripting, software version control, software development practices, and bioinformatics analysis tools.

Essential Skills

  • MSc or equivalent experience in Bioinformatics or Computer Science discipline
  • Demonstrable experience of using UNIX / LINUX
  • Demonstrable experience of scripting in either Perl or Python
  • An ability to learn quickly on the job with excellent problem solving and analytical skills
  • Must be self-motivated and proactive with ability to manage own workload effectively
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • The ability to explain technical issues, effectively, to non-technical users

Ideal Skills

  • Experience of providing front-line technical support within a scientific environment
  • Knowledge or experience of submitting data to public repositories e.g. ENA/NCBI
  • Experience with software package management systems and installation processes
  • Knowledge or experience of running software on a compute farm or cluster
  • Knowledge or experience with new sequencing technology data

Other information

The Sanger Institute is a charitably funded research centre focused on understanding the role of genetics in health and 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. 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.

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute welcomes applications from all candidates irrespective of age, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief, or marital or civil partnership status.

Please include a covering letter and CV with your application.

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