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Bioinformatician/ Senior Bioinformatician - Genome Reference

Salary in the region of £36,373 - £44,011 (Senior Bioinformatician) or £25,440 - £30,782 (Bioinformatician) dependent on experience plus excellent benefits

Permanent / Open Contract

The Wellcome Sanger Institute plays a leading role in both the Genome10K Vertebrate Genome Project (VGP) and also the Genome Reference Consortium (GRC) and we are seeking to recruit a Bioinformatician to join the Genome Reference Informatics Team to help us produce and interpret high quality genome reference assemblies for human and other vertebrates.

High-quality genome assemblies are needed to address fundamental questions in biology and disease, to identify species most genetically at risk for extinction, and to preserve genetic information for posterity. However, most vertebrate species are lacking such reference genome assemblies. The Genome10K Vertebrate Genome Project (VGP) has begun collecting samples and generating data to produce references, initially for one species from each vertebrate order, and is currently focussing on identifying and implementing a suitable assembly strategy.

You will have sound knowledge of genomics and informatics, ideally with experience of genome assembly and analysis software, are proficient at developing and implementing your own software solutions, engage with current genomics research and are enthusiastic about trying out new approaches. We need you to assemble and scaffold genome data, analyse the resulting assemblies and identify opportunities for improvement in assembly software and strategy. You will also be involved in the annotation and further analysis and interpretation of the produced assemblies.

This role requires an investigative and solution-focussed mind set and excellent communication skills to work effectively within two large international consortia.

Job Reference

Essential Skills

  • Degree in a biological or computational topic
  • Good programming skills (Perl, Python, R, MySQL)
  • Comfortable operating in a UNIX/LINUX environment
  • Demonstrable experience in designing and implementing bioinformatics software
  • Knowledge of sequencing and genome mapping technologies plus current genomics research
  • Excellent problem-solving skills combined with being proactive and self-motivated

Ideal Skills

  • Experience in working with distributed computing multi-node compute systems/clusters (HPC/HTC such as LSF/SGE)
  • Experience with genome assembly and genome analysis software including standalone and web-based packages, as well as widely used public biodata databases & genome browsers
  • Knowledge/experience with version control
  • Knowledge of population genetics methods
  • PhD or adequate experience
  • Web development experience

Other information

The Wellcome Sanger Institute is a charitably funded research centre and committed to training the next generation of genome scientists. Focused on understanding the role of genetics in health and disease and a world leader in the genomic revolution, our mission is to use genome sequences to advance understanding of human and pathogen biology in order to improve human health. We aim to provide results that can be translated into diagnostics, treatments or therapies that reduce global health burdens. Our science is large-scale and organised into Programmes, led by our Faculty who conceive and deliver our science, and supported by our Scientific Operations teams responsible for all data production pipelines at the Institute. 

Our Campus: Set over 125 acresthe stunning and dynamic Wellcome Genome Campus is the biggest aggregate concentration of people in the world working on the common theme of Genomes and BioData. It brings together a diverse and extraordinary scientific community, committed to delivering life-changing science with the reach, scale and imagination to solve some of humanity’s greatest challenges.  

The Campus is a community of organisations working in genomic research, enterprise, education and discourse. It is home to some of the world's foremost institutes and organisations in genomics and computational biology, including the Wellcome Sanger Institute which is the largest organisation on Campus, the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), Open Targets and Genomics England.  Also located here is Connecting Science - its mission is to enable everyone to explore genomic science and its impact on research, health and society by drawing on the ground-breaking research taking place on the Campus.

Genome Research Limited is an Equal Opportunity employer. As part of our commitment to gender equality and promoting women’s careers in science, we hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award. We will consider all applicants without discrimination on grounds of disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law.

Please include a covering letter and CV with your application.

Closing date for applications: 29th April 2018, however applications will be considered and reviewed on an on-going basis and therefore the post may be filled before the deadline.