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    Opportunity: Core Bioinformatician, open-ended contract @ School of Medicine, Cardiff University -- Cardiff, UK
    Submitted by Robert Andrews; posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2018


    The Central Biotechnology Services (CBS) are seeking to appoint an individual with proven expertise in bioinformatics to join the College of Biomedical and Life Sciences Core Bioinformatics Team under the line management of the Lead for that function. This is a joint endeavour with Central Biotechnology Services (CBS) which is an ISO 9001:2015 certified Technology Facility that provides genomics and bioinformatics, proteins and diagnostics and cell analysis/imaging platforms, services, training and expertise to local researchers and external organisations.


    The successful applicant will be responsible for delivering wide-ranging and excellent outputs in bioinformatics for a range of College research groups, for CBS projects and for teaching. The post holder will provide expert professional expertise, project management, extended analyses, Masters Level teaching and short courses in bioinformatics with the teaching and training responsibilities being 0.3 full-time equivalent (FTE).

    Job Purpose:
    To provide expert professional expertise, project management, extended analyses, Masters Level teaching and short courses in bioinformatics.

    Key Duties:
    • Actively contribute to the overall research performance, teaching, training, innovation and engagement activities of the College and inspire others to do the same.
    • Take responsibility for the delivery of critical bioinformatics inputs on a range of research projects in the College evidenced by the production of measurable outputs, including key inputs into grant applications, publishing in leading academic journals, presenting at conferences and contributing to postgraduate research supervision.
    • To be an active member of the College Core Bioinformatics Team and take responsibility for all CBS requirements for internal research and external contract work.
    • Independently contribute to module development as the Module Lead for two core modules in computing and bioinformatics within the Masters Bioinformatics Programme.
    • Deliver teaching for the above modules and use varied approaches for teaching, learning, assessment and feedback to inspire students to fulfil their potential.
    • Actively contribute to other activities required for the effective delivery of the Masters Bioinformatics Programme.
    • Be responsible for co-ordinating and delivering a range of bioinformatics training options for staff and PhD students to enable colleagues to better engage with their data, use specialised software and develop core bioinformatics skills.
    • Achieve an overall 0.3FTE contribution to teaching and teaching management (Centre for Medical Education activity).
    • Effectively deliver on project management tasks associated with the role for the successful planning and organisation of the work and the implementation of procedures required to ensure accurate and timely outputs.
    • Contribute to the establishment of analysis infrastructure within the College, including writing analysis pipelines enabling massively parallel compute.
    • Be closely involved in the drafting of research manuscripts for publication and to take a leading role on data analysis aspects.
    • Develop and maintain research and teaching networks through regularly attending national and international conferences and participating in relevant local meetings and seminars.
    • Develop approaches that enable the efficient processing, analysis, storage, backup and access of data. You will use commercial software and your own pipelines to normalise and analyse data and achieve publication quality data to enable biologically relevant conclusions to be made.
    • Contribute to the strategic development of bioinformatics and genomics and initiatives within the College.
    • Provide bioinformatics advice to staff and students as a key member of the Data Clinic and otherwise as appropriate. This will encompass scientific background, technical and technological considerations, experimental design, troubleshooting and other aspects.


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    30 June 2018

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