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Research Associate - Bioinformatician (Fixed Term)

'Transcriptional control of lineage decisions in embryonic stem cells'

The Wellcome Trust - Medical Research Council Stem Cell Institute draws together outstanding researchers from 25 stem cell laboratories in Cambridge to form a world-leading centre for stem cell biology and medicine. Scientists in the Institute collaborate to generate new knowledge and understanding of the biology of stem cells and provide the foundation for new medical treatments.

A new position has become available to undertake bioinformatic analyses of high-throughput sequencing data, including single cell RNA-seq and ATAC-seq data, in the laboratory of Dr. Brian Hendrich. The post holder will work closely with bench scientists and the SCI bioinformatics team, led by Dr. Sabine Dietmann. The projects aims to understand how chromatin remodelling proteins control cell fate decisions in mammalian embryogenesis.

The vacant post is at the Research Associate (postdoc) level and would be suitable for individuals with either a computational or biological background.

The postholder should be able to work in a UNIX/Linux environment. Proficiency with a scripting language (e.g. Perl/Python) statistical analysis tools (R, Matlab) and genome analyses in R would be a strong advantage.

You should have been awarded a PhD degree or equivalent and have strong research experience.

The position is based in the city of Cambridge, and is subject to a probationary period of six months.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months 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.

Please upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application to supplement your application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

The closing date for all applications is the 16th June 2017. Interviews will be held on 23rd June 2017.

Informal enquiries are also welcome via email to: Dr Brian Hendrich (, Dr Nicola Reynolds ( or Dr. Sabine Dietmann ( For questions on procedure, please email

Please quote reference PS12263 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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