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Opportunity: Senior Bioinformatician -- Genomics of Drug Sensitivity in Cancer @ Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute -- Hinxton/Cambridge, UK
Submitted by Sam Bowker; posted on Friday, December 20, 2013
SUMMARY:
A skilled bioinformatician (software developer) is sought as part of a research team that seeks to identify new therapeutic strategies for the improved treatment of cancer patients.

BACKGROUND:
The Genomics of Drug Sensitivity in Cancer project (http://www.cancerRxgene.org) aims to identify molecular features of human cancers that predict response to anti-cancer therapies. To achieve our goal, we are screening a wide range of anti-cancer therapeutics against a large number of genetically characterized human cancer cell lines and correlating drug sensitivity with extensive genetic data. This information can be used to improve the efficacy of cancer therapies by facilitating the stratification of patient to enrich for those most likely to benefit from a specific therapy.

The project is part of a comprehensive Wellcome Trust funded collaboration between The Cancer Genome Project at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the Center for Molecular Therapeutics, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, USA.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
We have the world's largest public database of cancer drug sensitivity data as well as a wealth of genetic information from human tumours and cancer cell lines. A unique opportunity has arisen for you to take an important role in developing the informatics resources to support our research. This involves developing and maintaining our laboratory tracking and data processing systems, as well as ensuring the safe and secure storage of large-scale datasets. You will collaborate with laboratory biologists to establish and support their IT requirements. Our systems are designed to facilitate data sharing within the institute, with our international collaborators, and with the wider scientific community via our website http://www.cancerrxgene.org/. The role encompasses all stages of software development from initial design to support.

You will be working with the latest technology in a freethinking and dynamic environment. We are looking for an individual who has good communication skills and enjoys working in a multi-disciplinary team environment. The position is based at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and is a fixed-term position.

REQUIREMENTS:
The successful candidate will have a good degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering or Bioinformatics (or equivalent industry experience).

Essential requirements for the new role are a sound knowledge of software development and experience with database design and management. Experience in designing web-based user interfaces is also desirable. Specifically, our current system uses Oracle, Perl and JavaScript although experience in related technologies is welcome.

You should have good communication skills and enjoy working as part of a team. An interest in genetics or cancer research would be advantageous.

COMPENSATION:
Salary range: GBP 29,750 to GBP 37,525pa plus excellent benefits.

We offer a comprehensive range of benefits including a final salary pension scheme and excellent on-site facilities. Further details can be found on our website http://www.sanger.ac.uk/careers/jobs/.

HOW TO APPLY:
To apply for this position please go to our website and apply online:
[link]. Please include a covering letter, your CV (including 3 referees) and current salary details.

DEADLINE:
Closing date: 26th January 2013

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