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Core Bioinformatician (Research Associate) x 2

The Wellcome Trust/Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute, a leading cancer and developmental biology research institute with a vibrant computational environment, is seeking two people to join the Core Bioinformatics group, supporting research throughout the Institute.

The persons appointed will have a PhD or equivalent in a scientific, computational or mathematical subject. Applicants with a scientific background are expected to demonstrate a solid understanding of molecular biology and experience of computational techniques used in the analysis of biological data. Applicants from computational or mathematical backgrounds are expected to demonstrate applied computational experience along with demonstrable knowledge and experience of biological research. Applicants from both backgrounds should have a good understanding of statistical methods and their application to large data sets. Expertise in protein sequence and structure, analysis of NGS or other high-throughput data, or bespoke bioinformatics analysis would be beneficial. Knowledge of High Performance Computing would be an asset, though not essential.

The Core Bioinformaticians will work within a small team to: 1) analyse and carry out project requirements from scientists' descriptions; 2) provide clear explanations of computational methods and techniques to bench scientists; 3) liaise with other bioinformaticians within and outside of the Institute. Good oral and written communication skills are essential. The persons appointed will have the ability to multi-task and prioritise work effectively. They are expected to keep up to date with the field, including contributing towards and co-authoring scientific papers.

Limited funding: The funds for this post are available until 30 November 2021 in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Alex Sossick ( Please quote reference PR11542 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK. Benefits include generous maternity/paternity leave, flexible working and funds for returning carers and other family-friendly schemes.

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