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    Opportunity: Senior Bioinformatics Analyst @ Genomics England -- London, UK
    Submitted by Eugene Mc Daid; posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2019



    To build on the success of the 100,000 Genomes Project, the Government tasked NHS England with support from Genomics England to launch a new NHS Genomic Medicine Service comprising a National Genomic Test Directory where 300,000 tests have been re-profiled and whole genome sequencing will be available for direct healthcare. Through 7 Genomic Laboratory Hubs this offers equitable access to the 55 million people in England to the latest genomic medicine and research. This will lead to faster diagnosis and personalised medicine.

    The post holder provides high calibre bioinformatics research support to external researchers and industrial partners by enabling analysis, facilitating access to datasets and ensuring optimal use of the Genomics England Research Data Centre. The post holder understands our datasets and how to analyse clinical and genomic data and use tools and services to realise the maximum value from accessing our data.

    There is cross-working with other bioinformatics team members developing our interpretation pipeline for the National Health Service.


    Your responsibilities will include:
    • 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. This includes face to face engagement to assess needs and execution.
    • Carrying out complex custom analysis
    • Providing high calibre troubleshooting of problems for customers, appraise customers and Genomics England options and execute solutions, co-ordinating with internal teams when necessary
    • 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
    • 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
    • Working from time to time on the NHS Clinical Interpretation pipeline (creating a seamless bioinformatics team who understand the NHS and research pipelines)


    You will need to meet the following requirements:
    • A background in a strongly quantitative discipline such as Mathematics, Physics, or Computer Science, ideally with some postdoctoral experience in fields related to statistical genetics or genomics, or a demonstrable equivalent background
    • Strong evidence of experience of bioinformatics research and analytics using large genomic datasets of next generation sequencing data alongside clinical data in a field relevant to Genomics England
    • Strong customer-service orientation and proven expertise in partnership working with customers, preferably in the scientific/pharma industry
    • 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)
    • Excellent team working skills and comfortable working as part of matrix teams and as part of external teams to ensure delivery
    • Experience of working in a knowledge sharing environment
    • Willingness to travel occasionally (<15%) to meet customers or to attend events to gain market insight
    • Strong statistical analysis skills
    • Experience with cloud-scale data processing and high-performance computing
    • Demonstrated knowledge and competence in relevant programming languages and applications (e.g. R, Python) 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
    • Knowledge and competence in relevant applications eg LabKey, OpenCGA
    • 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: Senior, Analyst, Bioinformatics, Genomics, Statistics, Geneticist, NGS, WGS, GWAS, Population Genetics, London, NHS, Python, HPC, Cloud, Pipelines, NGS, SQL, Matrix, Cohort

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