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    Opportunity: Senior BIOINFORMATICIAN - Pathogen Informatics (#81196) @ Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute--Hinxton/Cambridge, UK
    Submitted by Sam Bowker; posted on Monday, May 21, 2012


    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.

    The Sanger Institute is Europe's leading genome research institute. Funded primarily by the Wellcome Trust, we use high-throughout genomics-based techniques to investigate host and pathogen genetics. The pathogen group is applying large-scale next-generation sequencing technologies to pathogen populations to track transmission pathways and identify determinants of drug resistance and virulence.

    Within the Pathogen Genomics group, the role of the Pathogen Informatics team is to support the researchers by providing data processing pipelines, analysis pipelines, visualisation software and annotation databases and tools. We have developed some of the most popular tools in bioinformatics such as Artemis ([...]emis/) and ACT. However, the continued scale up of next-generation sequencing to hundreds and thousands of pathogen samples for analysis provides us with many new challenges.


    We currently have two open positions in the group for two experienced bioinformaticians with good knowledge and experience of bioinformatics tools who can interact with the researchers in the group to elicit requirements and develop new analysis tools and pipelines that are required to produce high quality scientific results.


    Essential Skills:
    • Significant programming experience in one or more modern programming languages (e.g. Perl, Python, C++ etc.)
    • Significant demonstrable experience in bioinformatics
    • Knowledge and experience of UNIX / LINUX on an advanced level
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
    • Ability to understand and apply new concepts quickly
    • Highly developed problem solving skills with proven ability to think beyond immediate scope of a problem


    Ideal Skills:
    • Knowledge and experience of Modern Perl and Moose
    • Experience with managing large volumes of data
    • Experience with running software on a compute farm or cluster
    • Experience with processing next-generation sequencing data
    • Knowledge of relational database systems


    Salary range GBP 27589 to GBP 38067 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.

    For further information about this post please contact Jacqui McQuillan (jm15[at]


    Closing Date: 18th June 2012

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