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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

The Waller laboratory is currently looking to recruit a Bioinformatician for a fixed-term 12-month position to work on a Leverhulme Trust-funded project. This project will explore the very divergent nuclear genomes of dinoflagellates: liquid crystalline permanently condensed chromosomes; absence of nucleosomal DNA packaging; and large genome sizes.

The duties will include utilizing Illumina and PacBio-derived genomic data for assembly and annotation of dinoflagellate genomic sequence, and the analysis of Hi-C and ChIP-seq data to illuminate its 3-dimensional organisation and interaction with nucleoproteins. The project will be based in the University of Cambridge, Department of Biochemistry, Tennis Court Road, Central Cambridge and is a collaboration between Dr Ross Waller (University of Cambridge), Dr Tim Stevens (MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge), Dr Sebastian Gornik (Heidelberg University, Germany) and Professor Arnab Pain (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia).

The successful candidate will have significant postgraduate experience with bioinformatics projects, or a degree in molecular/cellular biology and a strong computational background. Proficiency in running command-line applications in a Unix-like environment is also required.

Desirable criteria include prior experience with: comparative genomics; chromatin conformational capture; genome assembly and/or genome annotation; and proficiency in computer scripting (e.g. Python, Perl, R, Ruby).

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.

Informal enquiries about the position can be sent to Ross Waller (

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