Bioinformatics Research Associate

Imperial College London - Surgery & Cancer, Division of Cancer

Campus: Hammersmith Campus, East Acton

Applications are invited for a Bioinformatics Research Associate within the Ovarian Cancer Action Research Centre (OCARC) the Division of Cancer at Imperial (Hammersmith Campus). OCARC was established in 2006 and is the only centre in the UK dedicated to ovarian cancer research. The OCARC was established with core funding from the charity Ovarian Cancer Action and comprises over 70 researchers from Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Imperial College London. The OCARC comprises groups studying many aspects of ovarian cancer, including chemotherapy resistance, cell signalling and cancer genomics/epigenetics.

This position will take a lead role in bioinformatics and computational biology projects in a newly funded multi-disciplinary programme of research funded by OCA on ovarian cancer “Risk and Prevention”. The successful applicant will use whole genome bisulphite sequencing and target capture bisulphite sequencing to discover and validate novel DNA methylation biomarkers of cancer risk and risk exposures and to develop a risk model for ovarian cancer.

Applicants are expected to have acquired the essential skills, knowledge, experience and abilities required of the post as outlined in the person specification and will be educated to PhD level, or have an equivalent qualification, in a life sciences or a computing discipline. Applicants must demonstrate experience of bioinformatics, computational biology and genomics and be familiar with statistical programming in R. Experience with analysis of sequencing datasets and using high performance computing environments would be beneficial. Additional knowledge in epigenetics, epidemiology or ovarian cancer would be an advantage.

This position is full time for a fixed term of 12 months in the first instance with possibility of renewal.

Reference number: SM084-17HP

Closing date: 3 September 2017

Interview date: 18 September 2017

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