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Bioinformatician - Research Assistant or Associate

Research Assistant - £25,298 - £30,175 Research Associate - £29,301 - £38,183

We are seeking a bioinformatician/biostatician to work on the analysis of studies investigating the inherited basis of cancer, in particular analyses of large-scale chip based genotyping data and next-generation sequencing data in large population-based studies of ovarian cancer.

This post is based in the Cancer Research UK Centre for Cancer Genetic Epidemiology (CCGE), which forms part of the Department of Public Health and Primary Care and the Department of Oncology within the Cambridge Cancer Centre. The CCGE carries out research into inherited susceptibility to common cancers and conducts significant large-scale analyses both within the Centre and as part of ongoing collaborations. The Centre comprises some 25 staff, including research staff, statisticians, computer officers, administrative staff and post graduate students as well as 2-3 visiting researchers each year. The current annual budget for the Unit is over £1m, mostly in the form of grants from Cancer Research UK, the European Union and the US National Insitutes for Health. The postholder is required to support implementation of large-scale data analyses investigating aspects of the inherited susceptibility to ovarian and breast cancer. This will invlove the collation and analysis of data from a variety of sources including in-house and publicly generated data sets.

Applicants should have a good degree in bioinformatics, statistics or a related scientific discipline or have equivalent experience. Previous experience of working with next generation sequence data would be a strong advantage. Experience of shell scripting in a Unix environment, programming in R, and a sound knowledge of Perl or Python, would be a strong advantage.

Appointment at research associate is dependent on having a PhD (or equivalent experience), including those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD. Where a PhD has yet to be awarded appointment will initially be made at research assistant and amended to research associate when the PhD is awarded.

Funding is available for 3 years from start date.

Location: Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Strangeways Research Laboratory, Worts Causeway, Cambridge CB1 8RN (approx 2 miles south of city centre)

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 made to Paul Pharoah by e-mail

Closing date 10th September 2017

Expected interview date: 19th September 2017

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application

Please quote reference RH12994 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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