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Head of Informatics

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Head of Informatics to join the Computational and Systems Biology Department, to support the cutting-edge science of the John Innes Centre

About the Computational and Systems Biology Department

The Head of Informatics post is set within a creative academic environment that employs mathematical, biophysical, bioinformatics and computational approaches to research in plant and microbial biology.

The research performed at the John Innes Centre is at the leading edge of new computational developments and is therefore critically dependent on high-level bioinformatics and scientific computing support.

The role

The Head of Informatics will manage the John Innes Centre’s Informatics platform.

The platform is responsible for supporting computational biology and management of associated data across the John Innes Centre, providing training in bioinformatics and scientific computing, and in close collaboration with groups across the NRP, resourcing and maintaining a cutting-edge computational infrastructure.

The Head of Informatics will foster close links with the NBIP Scientific Computing Team, The Sainsbury Lab, Quadram Institute and The Earlham Institute to ensure on-site computational synergy.

The Head of Informatics will be responsible for developing John Innes Centre’s data management and site-wide scientific computing policies and establishing a network of partners across the NRP to exploit new computational developments.

The ideal candidate

The successful candidate will have a background in computer science (or related) and PhD in a computational biology (or a related discipline).

Experience in genomics (ideally in plants), sequencing technologies and bioinformatics is desirable as is experience in managing scientific computing and storage infrastructure. Experience in managing people and large-scale computational projects or the strong desire to so is required.

The post holder should have ample experience in scientific research and have clearly shown innovative usage of computational methods in which strong programming skills were required. Teaching and training is a key component of the role, so substantial experience in training others in bioinformatics and scientific computing is required.

The successful candidate will be a self-motivated individual with strong communication skills, excellent management skills and a pro-active approach to identifying problems, tackling them in a creative yet organised manner.

A general interest in the science and motivation to work at the interface between computing and research would be a great advantage.

Additional information

Interviews will be held on 22 February 2021.

Further information and details of how to apply can be found here or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or  quoting reference 1003993.

We are an equal opportunities employer, actively supporting inclusivity and diversity. As a Disability Confident organisation, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy. We are proud to hold a prestigious Gold Athena SWAN award in recognition of our inclusive culture, commitment and good practices towards advancing of gender equality.

We offer an exciting, stimulating, diverse research environment and actively promote a family friendly workplace. The Institute is also a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme.

The John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852) grant-aided by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.

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