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    Opportunity: Head of Analysis Ready Data @ Wellcome Sanger Institute -- Cambridgeshire, UK
    Submitted by Kam Lundin; posted on Thursday, January 13, 2022


    Our unit has built a global network of over 40 partners around the world and was originally founded to support the control and elimination of malaria through the use of genomic epidemiology and genomic surveillance. During the current pandemic, our unit has built the world-leading UK SARS-CoV-2 genomic surveillance operations, currently processing more than 64,000 samples per week to detect new variants and other emerging threats to public health, working in partnership with the UKHSA. Experience gained from this work is being shared to support over 20 partners around the world in their efforts to monitor and control SARS-CoV-2.


    We are looking for a Head of Analysis Ready Data (Senior Bioinformatician) who is passionate about working alongside partners around the globe to build, operate and maintain a set of bioinformatic pipelines and standard analyses to support large-scale genomic surveillance of major epidemic and endemic disease pathogens and vectors. This senior leadership role will be part of our growing genomic surveillance unit and will build and lead a team that is accountable for producing high-quality, and timely, genomic data for some of the world's largest genomic surveillance programmes. You will have well developed leadership skills, a strong background in bioinformatics and a collaborative style.


    Technical Skills:
    • Post-graduate training in computational genomics
    • Familiarity with genomic and bioinformatics tools and methods, especially for short read (Illumina) sequencing, including instrument QC, read mapping and variant calling
    • Strong computer programming skills for large-scale data management
    • Understanding of and experience with software engineering best practices
    • Knowledge of basic statistical methodologies
    • Ability to execute complex analytical projects involving multiple partners
    • Ability to rapidly gain practical knowledge in new operational environments
    • Experience of working with scientific research teams
    Competencies and Behaviours:
    • Ability to influence senior internal and external stakeholders
    • Ability to lead an area of work and to work effectively with colleagues leading other areas of work within a team environment
    • Ability to communicate effectively about complex technical matters with both technical experts and non-specialists
    • Proven ability to work independently
    • Effective written and oral communication and proven ability to work in a collaborative environment


    Technical Skills:
    • Deep understanding infectious diseases biology and epidemiology
    • Knowledge and experience in population genetics evidenced by publication record
    • Large-scale computing using on premise and cloud based HPC facilities
    • Previous experience working in a product-delivery focused environment
    Competencies and Behaviours:
    • Ability to quickly and effectively forge relationships with international, external and internal stakeholders


    Permanent: Full Time/ Flexible working considered


    Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom


    £74,891 - £88,000


    Apply online:


    3rd February 2022


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