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    Opportunity: Head of Bioinformatics Research Services @ Genomics England -- London, UK
    Submitted by Eugene Mc Daid; posted on Friday, October 13, 2017



    Paramount are working in partnership with Genomics England to expand their team in order to deliver success Paramount are working in partnership with Genomics England to expand their team in order to with the 100,000 Genomes Project. This is a challenging and fast moving project with the aim to carry out whole genome sequencing on 100,000 participants. Genomics England works with key partners to collect, transport, store, quality check and sequence the samples from participants. The aim for this project is to create a new genomic medicine service for the NHS – transforming the way people are cared for. Patients may be offered a diagnosis where there wasn't one before. In time, there is the potential of new and more effective treatments.

    The post holder provides high calibre bioinformatics research support to external researchers and industrial partners by delivering custom analyses, facilitating access to datasets and ensuring optimal use of the Genomics England Research Data Centre. The post holder will ensure the scientific quality and integrity of the analyses that the team produces.

    The post holder leads a skilled team that supports our academic and industrial partners by analysing the program's data to answer our partner's questions. The post holder ensures the delivery of the team's objectives, staff management and development and provides hand on support as a senior genomics data analyst. There is cross-working with other bioinformatics team members running our interpretation pipeline for the National Health Service.


    • Developing and executing the operational strategy, objectives and metrics and delivery plans for supporting users, knowledge sharing and continuous improvement.
    • Developing and managing a high performance team (around 5 people)
    • Sharing knowledge within Genomics England about customer needs and experiences and contributing to the development of the Research Environment.
    • Collaborating internally, particularly with others in the Chief Scientist's team, our Commercial team, Bioinformatics team and software and infrastructure engineers, to develop and deploy suitable solutions for customers.
    • Understanding the needs of customers (academic, NHS and industry); working with customers to ensure that their scientific projects are successful and that they gain value from their interactions with our Research Environment.
    • Understanding our research environment and being both a super user and advocate internally and externally.
    • Providing high calibre troubleshooting of problems for customers, appraise customers and Genomics England options and execute solutions, co-ordinating with internal teams when necessary.
    • Carrying out complex custom analyses
    • Keeping track of customer relationships and being the internal authority on specific customer issues, needs, and future plans.
    • Being the key point of contact with customers collecting and updating requirements, communicating progress and feedback
    • Working from time to time on the NHS Clinical Interpretation pipeline (creating a seamless bioinformatics team who understand the NHS and research pipelines).


    • A background in a strongly quantitative discipline such as Mathematics, Physics, or Computer Science with at least 3 years of postdoctoral work in fields related to statistical genetics or genomics, or a demonstrable equivalent background
    • Strong evidence of experience in genomics research and data analysis using large genomic datasets of next generation sequencing data alongside clinical data in a field relevant to Genomics England.
    • Team leadership expertise, with a focus on developing self-driven individuals
    • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal and excellent facilitation, influencing and presentation skills.
    • Proven ability to communicate with key customer and internal stakeholders from diverse backgrounds (e.g. management, IT, R and D, biology, bioinformatics)
    • Strong customer-service orientation and proven experience in partnership working with customers, preferably in the scientific/pharma industry.
    • Excellent team working skills and comfortable working as part of matrix teams and as part of external teams to ensure delivery.
    • Willingness to travel occasionally (< 15%) to meet customers or to attend events to gain market insight.
    • Experience with cloud-scale data processing and high-performance computing.
    • Demonstrated knowledge and competence in relevant programming languages and applications (e.g. R, Python, Scala) and experience of using a suite of bioinformatics tools to problem solve and answer research questions.
    • Ability to work independently with a high degree of motivation and focus, and to complete tasks according to company priorities with minimal supervision.
    • Adaptable to an ever-evolving working environment
    • Experience of technical writing.
    • Experience using of databases, including both SQL and NoSQL solutions
    • Strong publication record in a relevant field, and a proven ability to stay abreast of developments in that field.
    • Previous experience of delivering training resources and events.
    • Proven understanding of clinical and phenotypic data management and the sensitivities surrounding patient cohort data.


    There are some great benefits on offer with this role including a competitive salary, pension, generous holidays and more.


    Please do not hesitate to contact Harvey Uppal at huppal[at] or call (+44) 121 616 3407 to discuss this opportunity further.

    Keywords: Head, Bioinformatics, Genomics, London, Genomics England, Leadership, Management, NGS, Pipeline, Delivery, Commercial, Customer, Big Data, Hadoop, Python, SQL, Scala.

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