Bioinformatician for Genomics

University of Reading - Technical Services

We are seeking to appoint a skilled and motivated bioinformatician to strengthen our bioinformatics support for genomics across the Schools at the University of Reading.

The post holder will work to enhance the effectiveness of multidisciplinary research at Reading, strengthening our synergistic working environment, and will improve the sustainability of bioinformatics expertise within the University.

The bioinformatician will provide University wide support, to increase the speed and quality of research outputs, to improve the success of grant applications, and to train those PhD students and post-docs appointed as a result of these grants.

The post holder will be required to:

  • Provide bioinformatics support for genomics and post-genomics based research occurring across the university, including handling raw sequence data, genome assembly and annotation.
  • Develop materials to support 1:1, group-based and on-line training and to deliver that training in selected bioinformatics-based techniques to researchers.
  • Provide scientific and technical advice to researchers on selected bioinformatics techniques in relationship to research programmes occurring across the life and physical sciences.
  • Undertake bioinformatics investigations and prepare technical and scientific reports for researchers.
  • Provide demonstrations of state-of-the-art bioinformatics software capabilities, ensuring protocols are correctly followed and resulting data is appropriately interpreted.

You will have:

  • A PhD in Bioinformatics or any biological or health related science (with a strong data analysis component), or computer science or mathematics (with a biological component).
  • Advanced computer skills, programming experience and familiarity with Linux based systems.
  • Analytical skills and ability to make balanced judgements relating to the software and systems requirements appropriate for specific research and data needs.
  • An ability to interact with a wide range of users across the life sciences including academic supervisors and research students and to provide training to wide-spectrum of users.
  • Writing skills for preparing technical and scientific reports on the bioinformatics work carried out for researchers.
  • Knowledge of essential bioinformatics web apps, databases and repositories.
  • Recent bioinformatics experience obtained through either work or study.
  • An ability to identify new bioinformatics tools and resources for exploiting new data sets as they arise.

Informal contact details
Contact role: Associate Professor in Bioinformatics
Contact name: Dr Liam McGuffin
Contact phone: +44 (0) 118 378 6332
Contact email:

Alternative informal contact details
Contact role: Professor in Molecular Microbiology
Contact name: Professor Rob Jackson
Contact phone: +44 (0) 118 378 8892
Contact email:

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce and we welcome applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements which will be considered in line with business needs.

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