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Bioinformatician/Genome Analyst (Fixed Term)

We have an exciting opportunity for a full-time Bioinformatician/Computational Biologist to join the research group of Professor Nick Morrell in the Department of Medicine within the University of Cambridge.

Working within a world class and multi-disciplined research team the successful applicant will undertake their own bioinformatic research projects in rare disease genomics, as well working collaboratively to provide analytical support for the group.

The Morrell Laboratory is focused on pulmonary arterial hypertension and using genomic and other datasets to increase our knowledge of disease mechanisms, drive drug discovery and improve clinical outcomes. We do this through the study of fundamental mechanisms, enhanced by our exploitation of genetic and genomic data from well-characterised patient cohorts.

The role holder will have experience of using computational approaches to analyse diverse genomic datasets. Working within a Linux environment, they will apply this knowledge to data generated within the Morrell research group (e.g. GWAS, RNA-seq and clinical information), to characterise the molecular changes underlying pulmonary arterial hypertension. This opportunity requires scripting ability, familiarity with short read sequence data quality control and analysis, and relevant statistical understanding, preferably using R and Python in a UNIX/Linux environment. Experience with high-performance computing infrastructures is desirable. Additional duties will include providing ad hoc bioinformatics support and advice for researchers within the research group. Excellent organisational skills and the ability to work as part of a team, as well as independently, are also essential.

Further information can be found on the lab webpage ( and informal enquiries can be made to Prof Nick Morrell (

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

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Closing date: 3rd October 2019

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

Please quote reference RC20556 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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