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Research Associate - Bioinformatician (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Department of Haematology

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £32,816 to £40,322
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 20th August 2021
Closes: 23rd September 2021
Job Ref: RB27873
We are seeking an enthusiastic and ambitious bioinformatician to join the group of Professor Brian Huntly based in the University of Cambridge Department of Haematology and Wellcome - MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute ( Our group studies the mechanisms of transcriptional and epigenetic dysregulation that drive leukaemia and lymphoma, and how these programmes are subverted from their normal role in haematopoietic stem cells and their subsequent progeny. We combine functional and genomic experiments in experimental model systems and patient samples to identify pathological mechanisms, therapeutic targets and novel therapies (e.g. Sasca et al, Blood 2019; Gozdecka et al, Nature Genetics 2018; Horton et al Nat Cell Biol 2017). We are based in the University of Cambridge's new £94m flagship Jeffrey Cheah Biomedical Centre with purpose-built lab and bioinformatics space. We are a well-established multi-disciplinary lab with substantial grant funding (e.g. a CRUK Programme Grant which funds this post) and dedicated bioinformatics and animal support positions. We are a highly productive, internationally recognised group and enjoy collaborations both within Cambridge and beyond.

Your work will involve analysis of a wide range of genomic data, including ChIP-Seq, scRNA-Seq, ATAC-Seq, promoter-based capture Hi-C and a new technique, direct capture Perturb-Seq, which we are establishing in our lab. You will need to work with single cell and bulk transcriptomics, 3D DNA-DNA interaction and transcriptional/epigenetic/cis-regulatory network modelling. Your role in the group is highly valued and you will work closely with lab-based researchers and other bioinformaticians to ensure the quality of our data and its analysis. 

You will have a PhD in a relevant discipline. You will have experience of developing or adapting computational pipelines and developing your own bioinformatic tools. Experience with analysis of relevant genomic data and previous work in haematopoieis and/or leukaemia/cancer biology are highly desirable.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Professor Brian Huntly at

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 September 2023 in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit :

Closing Date: 23rd September 2021
Interview Date: Week commencing 4th October 2021

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