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    Opportunity: CGAT Genomics Training Fellow (2 posts) @ MRC Functional Genomics Unit, University of Oxford -- Oxford, UK
    Submitted by Dr Vivienne Collins; posted on Thursday, March 27, 2014


    Professor Chris Ponting was initially awarded five years' funding to establish a Strategic Programme in Computational Genomics Analysis and Training (CGAT; within the MRC Functional Genomics Unit in Oxford. Funding for this programme has recently been extended. Dr Andreas Heger (Technical Director of CGAT) and Dr David Sims (Senior Scientist) lead CGAT's training programme. CGAT's mission is to provide substantial expertise and added-value to funded research UK-wide, whilst training a future generation of genome biologists.

    CGAT has been training 8 postdoctoral scientists in computational genomics thereby providing expertise and added value to other UK-wide institutions. The first CGAT Genomics Fellows have recently completed their training. We are therefore seeking to recruit two further scientists into these posts.

    The CGAT Genomics Training Fellow will be an ambitious, numerate and self-motivated scientist who is seeking to exploit genome-scale data when launching his/her future independent career. The post-holder will gain valuable experience and an important publication track record in an internationally-renowned computational genomics institution. The Fellow will be assigned to diverse genomics projects that all focus on the analysis and biological interpretation of next-generation sequence data. Projects are collaborative involving scientists from across the UK. Training will be provided through close coaching by a senior CGAT scientist, as well as through tailored courses and tutorials.

    CGAT Genomics Training Fellows each report to one of two CGAT Senior Post-doctoral Scientists and liaise closely with the Bioinformatics Systems Administrator, the CGAT Research Manager and other CGAT staff. S/he will also liaise with the MRC sequencing hubs, Sanger and TGAC and with UK scientists.


    The main duties of the CGAT Genomics Training Fellow include but are not limited to:
    • Working on CGAT projects ensuring that deadlines are met.
    • Seeking and attending training opportunities within and outside of CGAT in consultation with the CGAT senior post-doctoral scientists.
    • Representing CGAT, providing presentations and posters at meetings.
    • Networking with sequencing hubs and UK scientists.
    • Keeping up-to-date with latest developments in DNA sequencing, genome biology and bioinformatics computing.
    • Attending group meetings and regularly reporting on studies and results to the group leader.
    • Participating in Unit meetings and those of the wider MRC / University community.
    • Adhering to good laboratory practice and safety procedures within the Unit and University host Department.
    • Contributing to the Unit's strategy for public communication of science and to the application or exploitation of the research findings.
    • Maintaining dedicated computer, whilst liaising with the Bioinformatics Systems Administrator to optimise use of computational resources.


    • PhD in biology, medical biology, medicine or a field relevant to computational genomics.
    • Strong interest in genome research.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills, able to work independently and within a team.
    • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
    • Good working knowledge of office software.
    • Excellent organisational skills – managing both time and records effectively.
    • Numerate, and able to use own initiative to solve problems.


    • Publication track record.
    • Genetics/genomics and biomedical experience.
    • Experience of being a key participant in cross-disciplinary collaborations.
    • Ability to script/program.
    • Evidence of multi-tasking and working to deadlines.
    • Knowledge of statistical methods.


    Full time. Three year fixed term contract.


    The FGU is a world-renowned centre for comparative genomics and research into neuromuscular and neurodegenerative disorders. Its research combines the power of computational analyses and the latest experimental technologies in model organisms to reveal the roles of genes and genomes in health and disease. The Unit then pursues the translation of these discoveries into improved healthcare products and patient treatments via partnerships with clinicians as well as the pharmaceutical and biotechnology Industries.

    The FGU offers excellent computational and laboratory facilities in the recently-opened Henry Wellcome Building of Gene Function. Additional information about the Unit can be found at


    Salary in the range GBP 26,527 - GBP 29,837 p.a. (dependent on experience)


    Applications must be made on line. For further details and to apply visit the University jobs website:[...]12273


    12.00 midday on Friday 2 May 2014

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