Bioinformatics Apprentice

Salary £17,489 per annum plus benefits 

4 year apprenticeship

We have an exciting opportunity for someone to join our Computational Support team ( as a Bioinformatician Apprentice whilst working towards gaining a BSc (Hons) Bioinformatics Degree Apprenticeship at Anglia Ruskin University.

We encourage individuals who are enthusiastic, eager to learn, willing, and able to work in a team environment.

You will be based in the Cellular Genetics programme of the Institute in the team responsible for providing data analysis pipelines, computational infrastructure and web services. You will be involved in all key activities, with the intention to develop and take on more responsibilities as your knowledge and skills grow.

This is a developmental role to encourage new talent in the area of Bioinformatics. Following training complementary to your apprenticeships degree you will:

  • Develop and maintain Bioinformatics analysis programs and pipelines
  • Use modern Cloud infrastructure to run the pipelines
  • Work with big and real sequencing and imaging data
  • Interact with wet-lab and dry-lab scientists

During your apprenticeship we can offer you:

  • A senior team member dedicated as your mentor
  • A permanent publically available portfolio of your coding and development (
  • Opportunity of paper publishing
  • Mentoring program to explore your long-term opportunities
  • A comfortable working environment with a first name culture, informal dress code, a company social calendar and modern offices set to the 55 acre grounds of Hinxton Hall and associated wetland reserve.
Job Reference

Essential Skills

  • 112 UCAS points or equivalent
  • A level Grade B (or equivalent) in at least one STEM subject, Maths desirable
  • At least 4 GCSE’s at Grade B/Grade 6 which must include Maths and English
  • If English is not your first language, you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 or equivalent
  • An interest in science and technology
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Good attention to detail
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Enthusiastic, flexible and proactive
  • Ability to deal with changing priorities
  • Ability to work within and contribute to a team
  • Eager to learn new skills

Ideal Skills

  • Some knowledge of one of the following programming languages: python, R
  • Some experience with Linux command line creating, renaming, moving, deleting files and manually editing files in a text editor

Other information

Our Campus: Set over 125 acres, the 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 exceptional scientific community, committed to delivering life-changing science with the reach, scale and imagination to pursue some of humanity’s greatest challenges.

Our Benefits: Our employees have access to a comprehensive range of benefits and facilities including:

  • Group Defined Contribution Pension Scheme and Life Assurance
  • Group Income Protection
  • Private Health Insurance
  • 25 days annual leave, increasing by one day a year to a maximum of 30
  • Family friendly environment including options for flexible and part-time working, a childcare voucher scheme and Campus Nursery
  • Two days paid Employee Volunteering Leave a year
  • Employee Discount Scheme
  • Campus Gym, tennis courts, cricket pitch and sports hall plus a range of dining facilities
  • Active Campus Sports and Social Club
  • Free Campus Bus Service

Genome Research Limited 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.

Closing date: 28th February 2019

Interviews expected to take place in March 2019 and you will be able to commence your Apprenticeship September 2019.