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    Opportunity: Principal Bioinformatician @ Wellcome Sanger Institute -- Cambridge, UK
    Submitted by Kam Lundin; posted on Thursday, January 13, 2022


    Pathogen Informatics embrace agile methods and promote open source software development. In close collaboration with the scientists in the programme, we develop workflows and platforms for the processing, tracking and sharing of large volumes of genomic data related to infectious diseases, such as malaria or pneumonia. We also support the scientists by developing and deploying software and services that advance their research, and provide direct informatics advice. As a dynamic team we share all elements of our work, so you would be involved in a variety of different projects, with a focus on leading the development of workflows for the processing of high-throughput genomic data and establishing closer connections with the scientific groups


    We are recruiting a Principal Bioinformatician for Pathogen Informatics, a software development and bioinformatics support team in the Parasites and Microbes programme at the Wellcome Sanger Institute.

    The Opportunity:
    We are looking for a scientifically minded individual who is enthusiastic to lead our bioinformatics activities by developing the team's bioinformatics portfolio and setting standards for NGS data processing in the team and the wider department. You have ample experience in the processing of NGS data and a solid informatics background. You are familiar with modern workflow management systems like NextFlow and are eager to lead the design and development of new pipelines. You enjoy working with people and guiding junior colleagues in their professional development. Most importantly, you are motivated to support the science and make a difference in the fight on infectious diseases to improve global health.


    Technical Skills:
    • Postgraduate qualification or equivalent working experience in Bioinformatics or a related discipline
    • Working experience in genomics and the processing and analysis of high-throughput NGS data
    • Experience of writing bioinformatics pipelines with modern workflow management systems, ideally NextFlow
    • Experience of writing software in Python
    • Experience with modern software development practices, including version control and continuous integration
    • Working knowledge of UNIX
    Competencies and Behaviours:
    • Experience of mentoring or supervising others
    • Experience of successfully leading projects
    • Ability to work independently and organise the own workload
    • Ability to communicate effectively about complex technical matters with both technical experts and non-specialists
    • Effective written and oral communication and proven ability to work in a collaborative environment
    • Ability to quickly and effectively forge relationships with a range of stakeholders at all levels


    Technical Skills:
    • Demonstrable experience of software testing
    • Demonstrable experience of software containerization
    • Experience of working in an Agile team
    • Experience of working on bacterial or eukaryotic pathogens


    Permanent, Full Time/ Part Time/ Flexible Working


    Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK


    £46,199 - £54,000


    Please apply online with your CV and cover letter outlining your suitability for the role, see link below:


    30th January 2022


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