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    Opportunity: Senior Bioinformatician/Postdoctoral Fellow @ Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute -- Hinxton/Cambridge, UK
    Submitted by Sam Bowker; posted on Tuesday, May 27, 2014


    An exciting opportunity has become available for a Senior Bioinformatician/Postdoctoral Fellow to join the Zeggini team at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. The role will involve contributing to a range of analyses identifying and interpreting genetic variation associated with complex traits from genome-wide genotyping and sequencing studies. As well as providing bioinformatics support for on-going projects in the team, which include whole genome sequence data in diverse population cohorts with rich phenotype information and functional genomics data, the successful applicant will have the opportunity to develop novel computational and statistical approaches to interpret the results of variation studies.


    The successful candidate will have an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in either biological sciences, statistics, computer science or a related area. Previous experience of the computational analysis of large-scale biological data sets is essential. The candidate must have substantial programming experience, ideally in languages currently used in the team (including Perl, Python, R and C) and be comfortable working in a Unix environment. The candidate must be able to work as a team member and communicate well with external collaborators. S/he will have excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to prioritise tasks in order to work independently. Excellent facilities are available and there is a strong commitment to career development.

    Essential Skills:
    • Experience in quantitative science or life sciences as evidenced for example by a undergraduate or postgraduate degree in a relevant subject (e.g. Computing, Statistics, Genetics)
    • Excellent programming skills, both scripting and developing larger programs
    • Attention to detail and ability to work to tight timelines
    • Demonstrable project management and organisational skills
    • Previous experience in working with large-scale datasets
    • Experience in using and integrating information from bioinformatics resources
    • Ability to write and speak English fluently
    • Ability to communicate effectively with collaborators both internally and externally from a range of backgrounds
    Ideal Skills:
    • Experience working in a high performance computing environment
    • Experience with statistical methods
    • Track record in preparing publications and other written materials


    The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, based south of Cambridge, is one of the world's leading genomic research centres funded primarily by the Wellcome Trust. Our mission is to use genome sequences to advance understanding of the biology of humans and pathogens in order to improve human health.

    The Genome Campus is a 100-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 Course and Scientific Conferences programme and the Wellcome Trust Conference Centre.

    In addition to its peaceful location the campus offers excellent facilities including a start of the art data centre, gym, two cafes, a nursery, dining facilities, a cycle to work scheme, car sharing and free campus buses from various locations around Cambridge.

    Learning, development and networking are other important aspects of life on campus. there are a range of scientific seminars with our own and invited speakers, scientific group meetings and skills development workshops.


    GBP 31,567 to GBP 38,088 per annum depending on experience.

    Our Benefits include: Defined Benefit Pension Scheme, Group Income Protection, Healthcare scheme, Childcare Vouchers, Nursery and Annual Leave 25 days plus Bank Holidays.


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    This position is available as a fixed term until the end of September 2016.

    Closing date for applications: 30 June 2014

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