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Opportunity: CGAT Genomics Training Fellow (#IRC45046) @ MRC Functional Genomics Unit--Oxford, UK
Submitted by Dr Vivienne Collins; posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012
We are looking for an ambitious, numerate and self-motivated scientist interested in computational genomics and the biological interpretation of next-generation sequencing data. This is a training position, offering a rare opportunity for a scientist to transition from a biological or biomedical background to a future independent career in genome research. As a CGAT Fellow 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 5 postdoctoral scientists and are now seeking to recruit a further scientist. 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.

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.

This 3 year fixed term training position is available from July 2012.

You will be entitled to benefits including a generous holiday entitlement, an excellent pension scheme and access to MRC training. Starting salary up to GBP 28,178 per annum depending on experience.

You will work in the MRC Unit within the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics at the University of Oxford, based in the modern Henry Wellcome Building of Gene Function. Additional information about the Unit can be found at, whilst informal enquiries can be made to Prof. Chris Ponting (chris.ponting[at] or Dr Andreas Heger (andreas.heger[at] For further information about the MRC please visit

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 +44 (0)1793 867003, please quote reference number IRC45046.

Application deadline: 9th May 2012. Provisional interview dates: 15th or 22nd June 2012.

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