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Research Associate (Bioinformatician) (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for the post of a Post-doctoral Bioinformatician to work on a collaborative translational research project between the groups of Dr Matthias Zilbauer (Department of Paediatrics at the University of Cambridge, UK), Dr Paul Lyons (Department of Medicine, University of Cambridge, UK) and Dr Oliver Stegle (European Bioinformatics Institute - EBI, UK).

The overall aim of this project is to apply genome wide/whole genome profiling approaches to a large, prospectively recruited human tissue sample collection in order to investigate disease pathogenesis as well as develop clinical biomarkers for patients suffering from Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD). A second focus lies on elucidating the role of epigenetic mechanisms in regulating cellular function in the human intestinal tract during physiological development and disease using human organoid culture models. The selected candidate will have the opportunity to work with a group of international leaders in the field of translational research (e.g. Kraiczy et al. Mucosal Immunology 2016, Baud A et al, PLoS genetics 2017, McKinney EF et al Nature 2015) and apply cutting edge computational biology approaches to unique datasets derived from disease relevant human tissue/cell samples.

Applications are invited from researchers with a PhD and evidence of one or more first author publication in a relevant research field. We welcome applicants with diverse backgrounds including biology, biomedicine, computational biology, bioinformatics or mathematics who wish to further develop and apply their bioinformatic skills. Experience in data analysis using Bioconductor packages in R (e.g. RNA and DNA sequencing, gene regulation and expression analysis, and/or modeling) or any other programming language is desired.

Applicants should have interpersonal and communication skills, allowing them to interact with team members of different backgrounds, and should be able to work as part of a team as well as independently when required. Knowledge of spoken and written English is required, experience in manuscript preparation and or grant writing is desirable. PhD students who are close to completing their thesis will also be considered.

We are open to flexible working arrangements including part-time employment.

Both the University of Cambridge and European Bioinformatics Institute EBI provide unique opportunities for training and personal development.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years 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.

Applications should include a CV and a brief statement outlining key areas of expertise and reasons why you would like to join the group. Informal enquiries can be addressed to Dr Matthias Zilbauer (

Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

The closing date for applications is 7th July 2017 interviews are expected to be held during the week commencing 17th of July 2017.

Please quote reference RP12382 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

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