Bioinformatics Apprentice - IT

Salary £17,489 per annum plus benefits 

4 year apprenticeship

We are looking for enthusiastic and passionate individual to join the Genome Reference Informatics Team as an Apprentice whilst working towards gaining a fully funded BSc (Hons) Bioinformatics Degree Apprenticeship at Anglia Ruskin University CLICK HERE

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You will have the opportunity to develop in the area of IT and Bioinformatics, gaining valuable skills whilst making an important contribution to the institute and its Darwin Tree of Life Project which will decipher the genetic code of all life in the British Isles. You will be given the appropriate training and learn from our experienced team where you will go on to:

  • Help generating genome assemblies for the Darwin Tree of Life Project
  • Manage and assess big data for our genome sequencing projects
  • Assist in the development and running of pipelines and processes to further improve assemblies
  • Interact with our on-site scientists and informaticians as they tackle tomorrow’s scientific challenges

About us: 

Our team is responsible for: Assembly generation, assessment and improvement as well as data management and assisting collaborators in the interpretation of genomic data. You will be involved in all key activities, with the intention to develop and take on more responsibilities as your knowledge and skills grow.

During your apprenticeship we can offer you:

  • A mentor and membership to our mentoring program to explore your long-term opportunities
  • A permanent publicly available portfolio of your coding and development 
  • A comfortable working environment with a first name culture, informal dress code, and company social calendar 
  • The opportunity to work with cutting edge datasets in the genomics world and conduct scientific analyses at very large scale
  • Access to talks from high profile scientific speakers 
  • Exposure to the inner workings of a world-renowned genome research institute 

Application enquiries should be directed to

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 learn to deal with changing priorities
  • Desire to work within and contribute to a team
  • Eager to learn new skills

Ideal Skills

  • Some experience with Linux command line creating, renaming, moving, deleting files and manually editing files in a text editor
  • Some knowledge of genomics (e.g. spare time reading of articles, journals and introductory materials etc.)

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: 30th May 2019 

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