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Senior Bioinformatician

An exciting opportunity has arisen for two Senior Bioinformaticians to join the Informatics Platform, to support the cutting-edge science of the John Innes Centre.

The Informatics Platform contributes to projects providing excellent bioinformatics expertise.

We also support the science by offering a training program ranging from introductions to computational biology to highly specific data analyses. In addition, we enable the use of the high-performance computing infrastructure for all scientists of the John Innes Centre.

The role

The successful candidates will join a highly skilled and motivated team working at the interface between science and computing.

The position provides an exciting opportunity to work on cutting edge research in biology, exploring new technological approaches and applying them to challenging real world problems in partnership with world leading scientists.

The post-holder will work with John Innes Centre research groups on scientific projects and provide bioinformatics expertise throughout a project lifecycle, from grant writing through data analysis to manuscript preparation. This will include guidance on the use of tools and pipelines, interpretation of their results and, where necessary, carrying out analyses directly.

Other important elements of the role include developing and maintaining cutting edge tools and resources, such as software, pipelines, databases and visualisation tools.

The post holder will also train and mentor John Innes Centre staff and students in computational biology, both through development and delivery of structured courses as well as informal one to one coaching.

The ideal candidate

Candidates must possess a Bachelors degree, or equivalent, in Biology, Physics, Mathematics, Computational Biology or related discipline.

A PhD in a similar field would be advantageous but not essential.

Candidates must have a broad range of expertise in management and computational analysis of biological data. They should also be comfortable with Linux command line shell and possess good knowledge of at least one programming language (e.g., Python, Perl, C, C++ or Java).

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team are essential for this position. Previous experience of providing training in bioinformatics is desired.

Additional information

Further information and details of how to apply can be found here, or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or  quoting reference 1004069.

Interviews are expected to take place week commencing 30th August 2021.

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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