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Principal Bioinformatician

Wellcome Sanger Institute

We are recruiting a Principal Bioinformatician for Pathogen Informatics, a software development and bioinformatics support team in the Parasites and Microbes programme at the Wellcome Sanger Institute.

The opportunity

We are looking for a scientifically minded individual who is enthusiastic to lead our bioinformatics activities by developing the team’s bioinformatics portfolio and setting standards for NGS data processing in the team and the wider department. You have ample experience in the processing of NGS data and a solid informatics background. You are familiar with modern workflow management systems like NextFlow and are eager to lead the design and development of new pipelines. You enjoy working with people and guiding junior colleagues in their professional development. Most importantly, you are motivated to support the science and make a difference in the fight on infectious diseases to improve global health.

About us

Pathogen Informatics embrace agile methods and promote open source software development. In close collaboration with the scientists in the programme, we develop workflows and platforms for the processing, tracking and sharing of large volumes of genomic data related to infectious diseases, such as malaria or pneumonia. We also support the scientists by developing and deploying software and services that advance their research, and provide direct informatics advice. As a dynamic team we share all elements of our work, so you would be involved in a variety of different projects, with a focus on leading the development of workflows for the processing of high-throughput genomic data and establishing closer connections with the scientific groups

Essential Skills

Technical Skills:

  • Postgraduate qualification or equivalent working experience in Bioinformatics or a related discipline 
  • Working experience in genomics and the processing and analysis of high-throughput NGS data 
  • Experience of writing bioinformatics pipelines with modern workflow management systems, ideally NextFlow 
  • Experience of writing software in Python 
  • Experience with modern software development practices, including version control and continuous integration 
  • Working knowledge of UNIX 

Competencies and Behaviours:

  • Experience of mentoring or supervising others 
  • Experience of successfully leading projects 
  • Ability to work independently and organise the own workload 
  • Ability to communicate effectively about complex technical matters with both technical experts and non-specialists 
  • Effective written and oral communication and proven ability to work in a collaborative environment 
  • Ability to quickly and effectively forge relationships with a range of stakeholders at all levels 

Ideal Skills

Technical Skills:

  • Demonstrable experience of software testing 
  • Demonstrable experience of software containerization 
  • Experience of working in an Agile team 
  • Experience of working on bacterial or eukaryotic pathogens

Other information

We have adopted a flexible hybrid model to enable a balance of remote and office working, and in addition we welcome applications for full time or flexible working.

You can also find out more about our inspiring campus here.

Application Process:

Please apply with your CV and cover letter outlining your suitability for the role.

Location: Cambridge, Hinxton
Salary: £46,199 to £54,000
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 12th January 2022
Closes: 30th January 2022
Job Ref: 84627
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