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Computational Biologist - Staff Scientist

Salary in the region of £35,924 - £43,468 (dependant on experience) plus excellent benefits

Permanent

We are looking for a highly motivated individual to join our research team devoted to study human pluripotent stem cells and modelling of metabolic disorders. The objective of the laboratory is to understand the mechanisms controlling stem cell differentiation and then to use this basic knowledge for modelling metabolic disorders. For that, we combine pancreatic and liver cells generated from human pluripotent stem cells with a diversity of “omics” to uncover the genetic mechanisms driving metabolic disorders. Accordingly, projects currently underway examine the molecular mechanisms by which specific genes or genetic variants induced diabetes or increase susceptibility to Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Ultimately, we aim to use the knowledge generated by these studies to developed new therapeutics.

The objectives of the position will be to support computational analyses for these projects. This will include analyses of ChIP-Seq, RNA-Seq and Single Cell RNA-Seq data set from a diversity of studies. The role will be central to coordinate the different analyses project and to coordinate all the data generated. Importantly, the successful candidate will have the possibility to develop their own project in synergy with existing programs.

There will be an opportunity to assist with writing publications, provide supervision, participate in the research group PhD training and mentoring programme, and to participate in the overall contribution of the research program, as appropriate.

 

 

Job Reference
82975

Essential Skills

  • PhD degree or equivalent experience in a computational or biological science.
  • Formal training in computational biology or bioinformatics and familiarity with genome 
  • Experience with transcriptomic datasets and basic knowledge of single cell technologies 
  • Demonstrated proficiency with several of the following technologies: R, Unix, Perl, Python, Java, Matlab, C, C++
  • Evidence of ability to work as part of a team 
  • Highly developed problem solving skills 
  • Excellent communication skills as evidenced by publications and presentations
  • Ability to prioritise tasks to ensure the right things are done at the right time

Ideal Skills

  • Evidence of ability to work effectively in an interdisciplinary environment
  • Good knowledge of genomics and stem cell biology
  • Experience with diverse and large biological datasets

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 the 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 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.

Please include a covering letter and CV with your application. Closing date for applications: 8th March 2018