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    Opportunity: Postdoctoral Fellow (Genome Assembly) @ Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute -- Hinxton/Cambridge, UK
    Submitted by Sam Bowker; posted on Wednesday, May 02, 2018


    We are looking for a highly motivated and experienced computational scientist to develop genome assembly algorithms using 3rd generation sequencing data.

    The Wellcome Sanger Institute is a world leader in genomic research, with an expanding scientific programme dedicated to understanding gene function in health & disease.


    In the High Performance Assembly group, part of Sequencing Informatics, we develop algorithms and software tools for de novo genome assembly and sequence alignment for various applications. High profile projects such as the Genome10K Vertebrate Genome Project (VGP) and the Cancer Genome Project start to collect and sequence a large number of human and non-human samples, aiming for high quality de novo assemblies. The sequencing platforms include, but not limited to PacBio, Oxford Nanopore, 10X genomics, Bionano and HiC etc and the VGP consortium plans to combine various data types in order to produce assemblies with the best quality. The 2nd and 3rd generation sequencing technologies offer huge amount of sequencing output at massively reduced costs but the new datasets pose significant challenges in the assembly progress. To further strengthen our bioinformatics applications development, we are looking for outstanding computational scientists to join us working in this exciting area.


    • Educated to a PhD level in Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, or a computational related area with 1-3 years of post-doc experiences
    • Highly skilled in C/C++ programming under Unix/Linux
    • Experiences in large scale scientific computation/simulation
    • Numerical algorithm design


    • Perl and/or Java and skills
    • Multithread programming
    • Knowledge in sequencing technology and/or genome biology
    • Database design/administration
    • Project management experiences


    Fixed term contract for 3 years


    Hinxton, Cambridge CB10 1RQ

    Our Campus: Set over 125 acres, the stunning and dynamic Wellcome Genome Campus is the biggest aggregate concentration of people in the world working on the common theme of Genomes and BioData. It brings together a diverse and exceptional scientific community, committed to delivering life-changing science with the reach, scale and imagination to pursue some of humanity's greatest challenges.


    Salary range: £31,503 to £39,492 (depending on experience) plus excellent benefits

    Our Benefits: Our employees have access to a comprehensive range of benefits and facilities including:
    • Group Defined Contribution Pension Scheme and Life Assurance
    • Group Income Protection
    • Private Health Insurance
    • 25 days annual leave, increasing by one day a year to a maximum of 30
    • Family friendly environment including options for flexible and part-time working, a childcare voucher scheme and Campus Nursery
    • Two days paid Employee Volunteering Leave a year
    • Employee Discount Scheme
    • Campus Gym, tennis courts, cricket pitch and sports hall plus a range of dining facilities
    • Active Campus Sports and Social Club
    • Free Campus Bus Service


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    3rd June 2018, however applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis


    Genome Research Limited is an Equal Opportunity employer. As part of our dedication to gender equality and promoting women's careers in science, we hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award. We will consider all qualified applicants without discrimination on grounds of disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law.

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