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Research Associate (Bioinformatics)

The University of Edinburgh - College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine - Deanery of Biomedical Sciences

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: Grade - UE06 £31,396 to £36,024 per annum (A revised salary range for this grade of £32,982 to £38,025 pa is planned to take effect from Spring 2024)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 1st March 2024
Closes: 22nd March 2024
Job Ref: 9746

Contract type - Fixed Term - 24 months

The Opportunity:

The Mason/Chan group is recruiting a research associate for a project focussed on identifying the molecular mechanisms underlying pathological phenotypes in PAX6 haploinsufficiency patients. The group uses stem cell models, including organoids, to study embryonic human brain development and Autism Spectrum Disorders.  You will contribute to this project via supporting and conducting bioinformatic analyses of data including single-cell transcriptomic data.

In addition, the candidate will work closely with members of the lab on related informatics projects. Aside from this main project, there will be opportunities for collaboration within CDBS as well as across Edinburgh Neuroscience.

You are encouraged to apply if you have expertise in bioinformatics. It is also desirable for you to have interest in, and some knowledge of neurodevelopmental biology and neuroscience but not essential. This post is available for 24 months full-time (35 hours per week), however, we are open to considering part-time or flexible working patterns. We are also open to considering requests for hybrid working (on a non-contractual basis) that combines a mix of remote and regular on-campus working.

Your skills and attributes for success:

  • MSc degree in bioinformatics/computational biology subject area
  • Experience in single-cell transcriptomics analysis
  • Background in neurodevelopmental biology
  • Proficiency in R and Python
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
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