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    Opportunity: Senior Bioinformatician/ Database Coordinator -- Human Cell Atlas @ The Wellcome Sanger Institute -- Cambridge, UK
    Submitted by Jennifer Chequer; posted on Wednesday, August 28, 2019


    We are looking to recruit a highly motivated individual with strong organisation and communication skills and a background in cell biology or pathology; with some bioinformatics expertise. The ideal candidate will have a good understanding of database design and controlled vocabulary to assist in developing a portal for the Human Cell Atlas single cell gene expression data, hosted by the EMBL-EBI.

    The Human Cell Atlas is an exciting international collaboration ( that will use single cell genomics and other cutting-edge molecular biology techniques to refine our understanding of cell types within the human body, thereby building a platform for future transformative research in understanding tissue homeostasis and, ultimately, disease.

    To allow the wider scientific community to access the findings and insights from the Human Cell Atlas we will develop a user-friendly data portal. We are looking for an enthusiastic individual able to integrate cell biology and pathology knowledge with the newly generated single cell data, making it relevant and searchable to a wide audience ranging from clinicians to biologists and computational tools developers

    Applications from individuals wishing to work part time are welcome, open to discussion (minimum of ~20 hours per week, please give an indication of hours in your covering letter). This can be discussed during the interview process.


    Essential Skills:
    • First degree in Biology or relevant higher degree such as in MSc in Biology or Bioinformatics
    • Research experience in one or more of the following areas: cell biology, tissue architecture, database programming, database architecture and design, ontologies, clinical metadata, histology, pathology
    • Excellent interpersonal skills
    • Confident at communicating with all levels of staff verbally and written
    • Exceptional organiser with the ability to prioritise and manage work load
    • Ability to work independently, but also able to develop collaborative working relationships with other team members


    Ideal Skills:
    • PhD or equivalent work experience in related field
    • Relevant academic and/or professional qualification in administration or equivalent experience
    • A background in working with high throughput data, especially imaging data or high-throughput sequencing data
    • Experience working with research scientists analysing or managing research data
    • Basic programming experience in any of Unix shell, SQL and Python and relational databases (Oracle, MySQL)


    12m fixed term contract with the possibility of extension subject to funding


    Hinxton, Cambridge


    Salary in the region of £36,737 to £44,451 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, Campus Nursery and Summer holiday club
    • Two days paid Employee Volunteering Leave a year
    • Employee Discount Scheme
    • Campus Gym, tennis courts and sports hall plus a range of dining facilities
    • Active Campus Sports and Social Club
    • Free Campus Bus Service


    The Wellcome Sanger Institute is a charitably funded research centre and committed to training the next generation of genome scientists. Focused on understanding the role of genetics in health and disease and a world leader in the genomic revolution, our mission is to use genome sequences to advance understanding of human and pathogen biology in order to improve human health. We aim to provide results that can be translated into diagnostics, treatments or therapies that reduce global health burdens. Our science is large-scale and organised into Programmes, led by our Faculty who conceive and deliver our science, and supported by our Scientific Operations teams responsible for all data production pipelines at the Institute.

    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.


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    22 September 2019


    Genome Research Limited hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and will consider all individuals without discrimination and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, where everyone can thrive.

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