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    Opportunity: BIOINFORMATICIAN -- Virus Genomics (#81432) @ Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute -- Hinxton/Cambridge, UK
    Submitted by Sam Bowker; posted on Wednesday, April 03, 2013


    The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (WTSI) is a world leader in genomic research, with an expanding scientific programme dedicated to understanding gene function in health & disease. The WTSI's Virus Genomics group, led by Professor Paul Kellam, researches host and virus interaction, investigating virus and host genome variation and is involved in large scale sequencing projects of viruses of importance to human health, such as influenza, HIV and herpes viruses. We collaborate extensively with research groups worldwide to generate comprehensive cohorts of patient samples for large scale analyses.


    We are now seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and ambitious Bioinformatician. The successful applicant will work within a dynamic group that collaborates with many international partners and uses leading edge technologies to analyse viral evolution, the mechanisms of viral-caused diseases and to inform viral disease prevention strategies.


    Candidates must strong programming skills to analyse virus genomes from next-generation sequence data, have a degree in computational biology or equivalent, and an interest in viruses and their impact on human health. Attention to detail and ability to work effectively with other members of the team are essential.

    Essential Skills:
    • Degree in Bioinformatics/Computational Biology or equivalent
    • Experience using Unix/Linux operating systems
    • Competent Perl, Python, Ruby, or Java programmer
    • Attention to detail
    • Good at problem solving
    • Good theoretical knowledge of DNA sequencing technology
    • Ability to effectively communicate at all levels, with appropriate formal or informal presentations
    • Ability to develop and maintain good working relationships both within and outside a team
    • Ability to work effectively within a team, contributing to discussions and disseminating knowledge and information
    • Ability to train or instruct colleagues


    Ideal Skills:
    • Experience with programming in R
    • Good theoretical knowledge of DNA structure and organisation
    • Good theoretical knowledge of DNA & RNA bioinformatics
    • Good theoretical knowledge of common molecular biological approaches incl. cloning & DNA manipulation
    • Working knowledge of molecular biology
    • Post-graduate, scientific work experience
    • Interest/knowledge in virology
    • Experience using a computing cluster and batch queuing system


    The Genome Campus is a 55-acre estate south of Cambridge in the grounds of Hinxton Hall. Nestled in the quiet countryside of these landscaped gardens, are two world-class research facilities: the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI). The site has become the British hub of biomedical science. The Campus is also home to the Wellcome Trust Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences programme and the Wellcome Trust Conference Centre.


    This position is for a fixed term of 1 year funded by the EU program `EMPERIE' studying virus genome discovery and variation and in humans and animals, including the analysis of newly emerged human viruses. It is our intention to find an alternative source when the current funding expires.


    Salary GBP 23,225 to GBP 29,275 per annum depending on experience plus excellent benefits.

    Information about the culture and benefits associated with the Institute can be found here -


    To submit your CV and apply for this job please go to to register and apply on line.


    Closing date: 21st April 2013

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