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    Opportunity: Senior BIOINFORMATICIAN in Pathogen Genomics (#80955) @ Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute--Hinxton/Cambridge, UK
    Submitted by Sam Bowker; posted on Friday, August 12, 2011


    The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute is a world leader in genomic research, with an expanding scientific programme dedicated to understanding gene function in health & disease.

    We have an exciting new role available for a talented bioinformatician/programmer engaged in an important genomic study of a major human pathogen in the context of high disease burden across Africa. The successful candidate will be part of a dynamic team at the Sanger Institute and will interact with collaborators in several African countries. Responsibilities will include software development for intuitive analysis and visualisation of genome sequences and associated metadata.

    The post is funded through a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation consortium project focused on genomics of serotype 1 Streptococcus pneumoniae, a major cause of morbidity and mortality throughout sub-Saharan Africa which exhibits a strong association with invasive disease and may occur in outbreaks or epidemics. The scientific aim of the project is to create a better understanding of the evolution of this distinct, region-specific clone in order to inform the development of clinical interventions, particularly vaccines. The project also targets capacity building for bioinformatic expertise across the consortium.


    The successful candidate will have the following knowledge, experience and skills:
    • PhD in bioinformatics or computer science (or equivalent industry experience)
    • Significant demonstrable experience in bioinformatics
    • Evidence of proficiency in computer program design and implementation in a modern programming language (e.g. Perl, Java, Python etc.)
    • Proven experience of designing and developing web based applications for support of scientific projects
    • Experience of dealing with large data sets and running software on a compute farm
    • Knowledge and experience of UNIX / LINUX on an advanced level
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
    • Excellent problem-solving skills
    • Experience of training and supervising other team members


    Expertise in design, creation and validation of intuitive software for visualisation and analysis of biological datasets. Experience with processing next-generation sequencing data would be an asset but is not essential.


    This position is initially for a fixed term of 2 years. For further information please contact pathrecru[at]


    Salary range GBP 27316 to GBP 37690 dependent on experience.


    Apply via:[...]34413


    Closing Date: 5th September 2011

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