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Senior Bioinformatician

Applications are invited for a Senior Bioinformatician to join the Informatics Group, in the Computational and Systems Biology Department at the John Innes Centre based in Norwich, UK.


By 2050, the world population will be nearly 10 billion. Feeding such a population requires better crops, as well as ways to cope with losses from plant diseases and a changing climate. At the same time, our antibiotics are failing us and we need to seek new approaches to deal with resistance.

The John Innes Centre’s research programme seeks solutions to these global scale problems. As well as the immediate challenges, solving problems in the longer term requires a better understanding of the fundamental science of plant and microbial biology.

This research programme depends critically on the fast moving and complex technologies involved in Computational Biology. This area requires wide ranging expertise and skills in understanding, analysing and visualising complex datasets. The John Innes Centre seeks to recruit an excellent core Bioinformatician to help meet these challenges.

The role

The position provides an exciting opportunity to work on cutting edge research in biology, exploring new technological approaches, and applying those 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, providing computational biology expertise throughout the project lifecycle, from grant writing through data analysis to manuscript preparation. This will include guidance on the use of tools and pipelines and 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, through development and delivery of structured courses, as well as informal one to one training and coaching.

The ideal candidate

To be considered for this post, 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 the management and computational analysis of biological data. They should also possess a strong command of line shell skills and programming skills (e.g. Python, Perl, Ruby, C, C++ or Java). Previous experience of providing training in bioinformatics is essential, as are excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Additional information

Salary on appointment will be within the range £39,150 to £47,850 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This is a full-time post offered on a permanent basis.

Further information and details of how to apply can be found here, or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or  quoting reference 1003626.

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. The John Innes Centre is also proud to hold a Gold Award from Athena SWAN and is a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme.

The closing date for applications will be 4 March 2019.  

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

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