Senior Bioinformatician/ Database Coordinator - Human Cell Atlas

Senior Bioinformatician/ Database Coordinator - Human Cell Atlas

Senior Bioinformatician/ Database Coordinator - Human Cell Atlas

We are looking to recruit a highly motivated individual with strong organisation and communication skills and a background in cell biology or pathology; with some bioinformatics expertise. The ideal candidate will have a good understanding of database design and controlled vocabulary to assist in developing a portal for the Human Cell Atlas single cell gene expression data, hosted by the EMBL-EBI.

The Human Cell Atlas is an exciting international collaboration ( that will use single cell genomics and other cutting-edge molecular biology techniques to refine our understanding of cell types within the human body, thereby building a platform for future transformative research in understanding tissue homeostasis and, ultimately, disease.

To allow the wider scientific community to access the findings and insights from the Human Cell Atlas we will develop a user-friendly data portal. We are looking for an enthusiastic individual able to integrate cell biology and pathology knowledge with the newly generated single cell data, making it relevant and searchable to a wide audience ranging from clinicians to biologists and computational tools developers

Applications from individuals wishing to work part time are welcome, open to discussion (minimum of ~20 hours per week, please give an indication of hours in your covering letter).  This can be discussed during the interview process.

Salary per annum
36,737 to 44,451
Full Time or Part Time
Full Time/ Part Time
Contract Type
Fixed Term - Special Project
Contract Length
12m fixed term contract with the possibility of extension subject to funding
Job Reference

Essential Skills

  • First degree in Biology or relevant higher degree such as in MSc in Biology or Bioinformatics 
  • Research experience in one or more of the following areas: cell biology, tissue architecture, database programming, database architecture and design, ontologies, clinical metadata, histology, pathology 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills 
  • Confident at communicating with all levels of staff verbally and written 
  • Exceptional organiser with the ability to prioritise and manage work load 
  • Ability to work independently, but also able to develop collaborative working relationships with other team members 

Ideal Skills

  • PhD or equivalent work experience in related field 
  • Relevant academic and/or professional qualification in administration or equivalent experience 
  • A background in working with high throughput data, especially imaging data or high-throughput sequencing data 
  • Experience working with research scientists analysing or managing research data 
  • Basic programming experience in any of Unix shell, SQL and Python and relational databases (Oracle, MySQL) 

Other information

The Wellcome Sanger Institute is a world leading genomics research centre. We undertake large-scale research that forms the foundations of knowledge in biology and medicine. We are open and collaborative; we share our data, results, tools and technologies across the world to advance science. Our findings are used to improve health and to understand life on Earth. Find out more at or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Youtube and on our Blog 

Our campus

Set across 130 acres, just outside of Cambridge, The Sanger Institute is located on the stunning Wellcome Genome Campus. Home to some of the world's foremost institutes and organisations in genomics and computational biology, committed to delivering life-changing science with the reach, scale, and creativity to solve some of humanity's greatest challenges. 

Our benefits:

There’s an attractive benefits package on offer at the Genome Wellcome Campus. We appreciate the importance of achieving work-life balance and support this with a number of family and carer-friendly policies. Plus a flexible working policy for those who may wish to amend their working pattern or arrangement. 

As well as the usual benefits you would expect, we go much further:

  • 25 days annual leave (extra 1 day to a maximum of 30 days for every year you work)
  • Auto-enrolment into a generous Group Defined Contribution Pension Scheme, with enhanced company contribution (for more information, see our Pensions page)
  • Up to 2 days annual paid volunteering leave
  • Up to 10 days paid Emergency Carers Leave per year
  • Family friendly environment including options for flexible and part-time working, an on-site Workplace Nursery salary Sacrifice Schemes for pre-school children
  • and Summer holiday club
  • Life Assurance Cover and a Group Income Protection Scheme (if on a contract of 12 months or more)
  • Enhanced maternity leave and parental leave
  • Access to substantial number of courses and training events onsite
  • Private Healthcare Scheme (after 6 months service)
  • Eyecare and Dental payment plans
  • Concessions and discounts from our corporate perks site

Being part of the Genome Wellcome Campus you will be part of the beautiful working environment with an impressive range of benefits, services and facilities also including:

  • Free bus service to and from Campus, covering various routes around Cambridge, Saffron Walden and surrounding villages
  • A car-share initiative
  • Free parking
  • A number of on-site venues where you can meet, eat and socialise with colleagues
  • A thriving Sports and Social Club which provides members with subsidised access to a gym, tennis courts, sports hall, fitness classes and a vibrant social calendar of events

To find out more about our Genome Wellcome Campus, see here 

We hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and will consider all individuals without discrimination and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, where everyone can thrive.

Please include a covering letter and CV with your application. Closing date: 22 September 2019