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    Opportunity: CGAT Genomics Training Fellow (#IRC34696) @ University of Oxford--Oxford, UK
    Submitted by Dr Vivienne Collins; posted on Wednesday, November 02, 2011


    We are looking for ambitious, numerate and self-motivated scientists interested in computational genomics and the biological interpretation of next-generation sequencing data. These are training positions, offering rare opportunities for scientists to transition from biological or biomedical backgrounds to future independent careers in genome research.

    As CGAT Fellows you will acquire computational expertise and skills required to take full advantage of recent exciting advances in sequencing technologies.

    A prestigious MRC Strategic Programme in Computational Genomics Analysis and Training (CGAT; has been awarded to Professor Chris Ponting of FGU and will involve 12 research staff over a period of 5 years. CGAT will train 8 postdoctoral scientists in computational genomics thereby providing expertise and added-value to other UK-wide institutions. We have already appointed 4 postdoctoral scientists and are now seeking to recruit a further two. Each 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.


    The main duties of each 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 CGAT Systems Administrator to optimise use of computational resources


    A PhD / DPhil in biology, medical biology or a field relevant to computational genomics is essential. Excellent organisational and communication skills will be required, together with the ability to work well independently and within a team. A willingness and ability to learn advanced computational and statistical skills, as well as good familiarity with computers and office software are required.


    These 3 year fixed term training positions will commence in April 2012.


    Oxford, UK


    You will be entitled to benefits including a generous holiday entitlement, an excellent pension scheme and access to MRC training.

    Salary will be GBP 26,022 to GBP 31,758 pa (with maximum starting salary up to GBP 28,178 dependent on experience).


    Applications are handled by the RCUK Shared Services Centre; to apply please visit our job board at and complete an online application form. Applicants who would like to receive this advert in an alternative format (e.g. large print, Braille, audio or hard copy), or who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on 01793 867003, please quote reference number IRC34696.


    Application deadline: 19th December 2011. Provisional interview dates: 1st or 3rd February 2012.

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