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Senior Bioinformatician-Malaria Genomics

Salary Range: £31,498 to £39,729 plus excellent benefits. Fixed Term Contract for 3 years

Do you want to fight malaria from your computer? Are you a motivated bioinformatician and want to work with the latest sequencing technologies and single cell sequencing?

The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute is taking on some of the most difficult challenges in genomic research, to push the boundaries of our understanding of life in ever new and exciting ways. We have an exciting opportunity for you to work within a team of bioinformaticians and biologists to use state-of-the-art genomic and transcriptomic datasets to understand the biology and evolution of malaria parasites.

In the Parasite Genomics group we produce and analyse DNA sequence data to gain insights into parasite biology and to generate resources of lasting value to the Research community. We use the latest sequence technologies, like Oxford Nanopore, 10X to push the limits of single-cell analysis for parasite genomes.

 We seek to recruit a senior bioinformatician in to our malaria genomics team, to work with DNA and RNA sequencing data. The position would be ideal for an individual to gain valuable experience in using third generation sequencing data, as well as cutting edge single-cell approaches.

Key responsibilities

  •  Analyse and evaluate 3rd generation sequencing data with existing tools, and with new tools generated in house.
  • Analyse single-cell datasets
  • Generate programs and pipelines to generate hundreds of high quality malaria-parasite genomes
Job Reference

Essential Skills

  • The position will involve both data analysis and programming.
  • Good knowledge of programming, demonstrated by a Masters or PhD degree in Computer Science or Bioinformatics, or PhD in another discipline (such as physics, maths or biology) with a large component of computational work.
  • Must have experience in Java, Perl or Python programming and driving projects to completion

Ideal Skills

Experience with genome and next generation sequencing analysis or a background in malaria biology.

Other information

The Sanger Institute is a charitably funded research centre focused on understanding the role of genetics in health and disease. We use state of the art large-scale genomic approaches to drive world-leading projects to uncover the basis of genetic and infectious disease. Our goal is to provide results that can be translated into diagnostics, treatments or therapies that reduce global health burdens.

The Institute is located near Cambridge, UK on the stunning Wellcome Genome Campus. This growing and dynamic site is the British hub of genomic science. It hosts the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), Open Targets, a Biodata Innovation Centre and host Genomics England Limited’s 100,000 Genomes Sequencing Centre. The Campus is also home to Wellcome Genome Campus Connecting Science. Connecting Science inspires new thinking, sparks conversation and supports learning by drawing on the ground-breaking research taking place on the Campus. Its mission is to enable everyone to explore genomic science and its impact on research, health and society. To help researchers to develop their skills and networks, the Institute hosts a range of scientific seminars with internal and invited speakers, scientific group meetings and skills development workshops.

Our Benefits include: Defined Contribution Pension Scheme, Group Income Protection, Healthcare scheme, Childcare Vouchers, Workplace Nursery and 25 days Annual Leave, increasing by one day per year up to a maximum of 30, plus Bank Holidays. We also have a gym, two cafes, dining facilities, and a free campus bus service. Our thriving Sports and Social Club provides many opportunities to meet with people working across the campus.

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute welcomes applications from all candidates irrespective of age, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief, or marital or civil partnership status.

Closing date for applications: 16th June 2017, however applications will be considered and reviewed on an on-going basis.