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Opportunity: BIOINFORMATICIAN (#81122) @ Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute--Hinxton/Cambridge, UK
Submitted by Sam Bowker; posted on Friday, March 02, 2012
The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute is a world leader in the use of large-scale sequencing, informatics and analysis of genetic variation. We use sequence data to further our understanding of infectious disease and generate resources of lasting value to biomedical research.

A position has become available for an enthusiastic Bioinformatician (or a computer scientist with interest in biology) to join Alex Bateman's group. The group organises biological sequence data into a variety of classifications that aid the understanding of biology and evolution. In addition, it produces the Rfam, Pfam, TreeFam and MEROPS database resources that are used worldwide. TreeFam is a key resource for assigning orthology and paralogy relationships within animal genomes. The successful applicant will have the unique opportunity to participate in all aspects of the TreeFam database, bringing new ideas to fruition in a small and dynamic team.

The candidate will have a degree in Computer science/Bioinformatics and detailed knowledge of core computer science concepts (e.g. object oriented design, memory management, algorithm implementation) and practices (e.g. version control, agile development). Excellent software design and development skills with particular experience of programming analysis pipelines are a requirement as is extensive knowledge in the scripting language Perl. The candidate will also have knowledge and experience of UNIX/LINUX to an advanced level.

It would be an advantage if the candidate has experience of programming with relational databases e.g. MySQL and experience in dealing with large scale data sets (involving dozens of proteomes) using software on computer farms and/or parallel computing. The ideal candidate should be able to prioritise tasks and deliver to deadlines. Having excellent communication skills both verbal and written for interacting with collaborators and other software designers would also be an advantage.

The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute leads the world in genomic research, with an expanding scientific programme dedicated to understanding the role of genomes in biological systems. These activities are supported by a large Genome Informatics infrastructure. The Institute also develops and maintains numerous high quality informatics resources. Less experienced scientists who do not meet all the essential requirements will be considered and the salary will reflect their experience, skills and qualification.

Salary range GBP 21485 to GBP 28489 per annum dependent on experience
The Institute has excellent purpose built facilities on the Genome Campus, Hinxton on the outskirts of Cambridge. 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

To submit your CV and apply for this job please go to to register and apply on line.

The closing date for applications is 23 March 2012.

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