Bioinformatician/Senior Bioinformatician

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute - Biological Sciences

Fixed term for 2 years. 

A highly motivated Computational Biologist/Bioinformatician is needed to work within a world leading malaria genomics team that uses cutting edge technology to study the comparative and functional genomics of malaria parasites.

Our group studies the genome biology and functional genomics of parasites. We seek an enthusiastic and innovative individual primarily to provide wide-ranging support to the bioinformatics needs of the malaria projects with our team. As part of the role, you will get the opportunity to test-drive new technologies and develop projects that use comparative genomics, RNA-seq and single-cell transcriptomic approaches to explore the evolution and function of malaria genes and genomes.

You will work closely with other scientists within the team, including those working in the wet lab or at the computer. You will advise and instruct others in bioinformatics analyses and depending on your experience, you may get the opportunity to supervise students, junior staff and visiting workers

Essential Skills 

  • Post-graduate experience in bioinformatics
  • Demonstrable programming/scripting experience
  • Good understanding of sequencing, assembly and analysis technologies
  • Ability to communicate work effectively to diverse audiences
  • Ability to work on large number of projects simultaneously
  • Ability to interact productively with other members of a team

Ideal Skills

  • Broad parasitology knowledge
  • Good understanding of malaria biology
  • Master degree in a relevant subject (e.g. biological science, computational biology)
  • Extensive experience in bioinformatics
  • Good understanding of sequencing-based functional genomics approaches.

Other Information

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 Wellcome Genome Campus Connecting Science. Connecting Science inspires new thinking, sparks conversation and supports learning by drawing on the ground-breaking research taking place on the Campus. Its mission is to enable everyone to explore genomic science and its impact on research, health and society.

To help researchers to develop their skills and networks, the Institute hosts a range of scientific seminars with internal and invited speakers, scientific group meetings and skills development workshops.

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.

Closing date for applications: 17th December 2017, however applications will be considered and reviewed on an on-going basis and therefore the post may be filled before the deadline.