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About the Role:
We are seeking a highly motivated computational staff scientist or senior staff sceintist to join the Martin group at the Wellcome Sanger Institute. The group investigates the genetic basis of rare and common diseases, primarily in populations with European and South Asian ancestry.
You will be responsible for:
As a staff scientist or senior staff scientist, you will have your own primary project(s) within these broad themes, but will also contribute to other projects in the group and supervise less experienced team members. A senior staff scientist would be expected to carry more supervisory responsibility and to contribute more to the running of projects and the strategic direction of the group.
We currently have projects in the following areas:
The role of both rare and common variants in rare developmental disorders, using data from the Deciphering Developmental Disorders study (N=13,000 exome-sequenced patients) and the Genomics England 100,000 Genomes project (N~33,000 whole-genome sequenced rare disease patients), in collaboration with GeneDx (>60,000 exome sequenced patients) and with Matt Hurles’ group. We have a particular focus on the contribution of recessive variants across diverse populations (building on previous work), and on the interplay of rare and common variants. We are also beginning new projects investigating the genetic contribution to sex differences in autism and autistic traits, and on the impact of endogamy versus consanguinity on rare disease risk.
The genetics of cognitive and behavioral traits, using sequence and genotype data from UK Biobank and from two large UK birth cohorts, the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children and the Millenium Cohort Study (N~20,000), in collaboration with with Matt Hurles’ group. This work is building on recent findings about the genetic overlap between rare neurodevelopmental disorders and cognitive/mental health traits in the general population (e.g. Niemi et al., Nature, 2018; Gardner et al., Nature, 2022).
The genetic basis of complex diseases and traits in British South Asian populations, using data from the Genes & Health project (N~50,000 British Pakistani and Bangladeshi individuals with linked electronic health records). An industry consortium has recently funded exome-sequencing of the cohort to complement the existing genotype chip data. We are investigating the contribution of rare and common variants to complex disease risk, as well as the role of autozygosity.
PhD in a relevant area (genetics, genomics, bioinformatics)
Postdoctoral experience in human genomics (Essential for senior staff scientist only)
Strong publishing record
Experience analysing large-scale human genetic data
Full working proficiency in Python or Perl, R, and Unix/Linux
Knowledge of the literature on rare and/or common disease genetics
Knowledge of statistical methods appropriate for large-scale genetic research
Competencies and Behaviours:
Enthusiasm and commitment
Attention to detail
Strong problem-solving skills
Ability to communicate ideas and results effectively both verbally and in writing
Ability to prioritise, work independently and organise own workload
Ability to collaborate effectively with and independently supervise less experienced scientists
A growing scientific independence (Essential for senior staff scientist only)
Line-management or supervisory experience, with a strong desire to further develop leadership skills (Essential for senior staff scientist only)
Salary per annum:
Staff Scientist: £42,109-£50,026
Senior Staff Scientist: £50,388-£59,862
It is expected in this role that you will work from the office at least 3 days per week.
Please apply with your CV and a Cover Letter outlining how you meet the criteria set out above and in the job description. Please also indicate in your Cover Letter why you are interested in joining the Martin group and which of our research areas is of particular interest to you.
Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis and the role will close when a successful appointment has been made.
Working at Wellcome Sanger
Our flexible-hybrid working environment means you can focus on being productive and part of the team while enjoying the benefits of working remotely and from the Genome Campus when you are in the office.
We aim to attract, recruit, retain and develop talent from the widest possible talent pool, thereby gaining insight and access to different markets to generate a greater impact on the world. We have a supportive culture with the following staff networks, LGBTQ+, Parents and Carers and Race Equity to bring people together to share experiences, offer specific support and development opportunities and raise awareness. The networks are also a place for allies to provide support to others.
We want our people to be whoever they want to be because we believe people who bring their best selves to work, do their best work. That’s why we’re committed to creating a truly inclusive culture at Sanger Institute. We will consider all individuals without discrimination and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, where everyone can thrive.
|Salary:||£42,109 to £59,862|
|Placed On:||12th December 2022|
|Closes:||10th February 2023|
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