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Bioinformatics Programmer

Quadram Institute Bioscience - Core Bioinformatics Team

Location: Norwich
Salary: £43,550 to £54,900 per annum depending on qualifications and experience
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 30th May 2024
Closes: 2nd July 2024
Job Ref: 1004683

Quadram Institute Bioscience (QIB) is seeking an enthusiastic and motivated Bioinformatics Programmer to join the Core Bioinformatics team, based in Norwich, UK.

Background: 

The post holder will contribute to the activities of Core Bioinformatics, with a particular focus on infrastructure maintenance and development. Familiarity with Linux, containers (e.g. Apptainer), and HPC is important, as well as understanding and building of bioinformatics workflows (Nextflow) and the ability to contribute to the development and execution of microbial genomics analyses.

The candidate will bring engineering skills to the team, helping to maintain our infrastructure (in particular, the Galaxy Project server) and supporting the institute's research. As a developer, we expect competency in Python coding, and the ability to work on legacy code.

The role:

As part of core bioinformatics, the job holder will also provide support to research projects, analysing NGS datasets (for example, RNA-Seq, bacterial genomes, metagenomes) mostly using robust Nextflow pipelines. The ability to troubleshoot pipeline executions and improve existing pipelines is essential. Knowledge of microbiology and microbial genomics is desirable, but the candidate must be willing to learn more about microbiology and microbiome.

The ideal candidate:

Candidates should have a degree in computer engineering, bioinformatics, or similar subject. A PhD in Bioinformatics or a related subject will be advantageous.

You will have knowledge of microbial genomics and microbiome bioinformatics, as well as an in-depth understanding of Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) applications. Candidates will also have expert user-level experience with Linux and be comfortable writing Python code. Candidates should have previous experience in the development of open-source projects and workflow development. You must have the ability to write clear technical documents and have good communication skills.

Additional information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range of £43,550 to £54,900 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This is a full-time post on an indefinite basis.

For further information and details of how to apply, please visit our website via the 'Apply' button above or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450814 or nbi.recruitment@nbi.ac.uk quoting reference 1004683. This role meets the criteria for a visa application.

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sectors of society.  The Institute supports equality of opportunity within the workplace and expects all employees to share and display these values.  To support our commitment, we have a range of family, faith and diversity friendly working arrangements to help all staff achieve excellence in their area of work.

As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy.

About the Quadram Institute:

The Quadram Institute is a new interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to understanding how food and microbes interact to promote health and prevent disease. Its mission is to deliver healthier lives through innovation in gut health, microbiology and food. A partnership between Quadram Institute Bioscience, the University of East Anglia, the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and BBSRC, it brings together scientists and clinicians in a state-of-the-art building on the Norwich Research Park. This is one of Europe’s largest centres of life sciences and home of the John Innes Centre and The Earlham Institute. (https://quadram.ac.uk/).

The closing date for applications will be 2 July 2024

The Quadram Institute Bioscience is a registered charity (No. 1058499) and is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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