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Lead Bioinformatician, NIHR BioResource (Fixed Term)


The NIHR BioResource is recruiting a Lead Bioinformatician to help us deliver our goals as one of the foremost contributors in the use of whole genome and RNA sequencing in the fight against rare diseases. Don't miss this opportunity to utilise your bioinformatics skills and expertise in an organisation benefiting from significant public investment, extensive research community and industry relationships and some of the most innovative projects and cutting-edge technologies in the sector.

About NIHR BioResource:

Our mission is to facilitate human health research and its transformation into medical practice. The NIHR BioResource is a unique and powerful resource for studying disease mechanisms and for investigating the links between genes, the environment, health and disease, enabling scientific discoveries as well as facilitating translational medicine for the benefit of patients.

NIHR BioResource was a key collaborator in the setup of the 100,000 Genomes Project led by Genomics England, which demonstrated the immense potential to provide a genetic diagnosis to patients with a rare disease.

The Department of Health & Social Care released England's first Rare Diseases Action Plan in February 2022, and recognised the vital role played by NIHR BioResource in the framework development of the Action Plan, announcing a further 5 years of funding. Whole Genome Sequencing will continue, and we have embarked on a wider rare disease phenotyping project using RNA sequencing and proteomics in the search for additional diagnoses.

As Lead Bioinformatician, you will be: - Managing the Bioinformatics team responsible for the delivery of timely, high-quality 'omics data both for research and potential novel diagnostic insight - Working with whole genome sequencing, RNA sequencing and proteomics data - Collaborating with other bioinformaticians and clinicians as they seek diagnoses for their patients - Overseeing the operations of the data ingest pipeline and managing its development to best meet the evolving needs of NIHR BioResource and its collaborators.

Our pipelines are run at the University of Cambridge High Performance Computing Service. Being one of its largest users brings the Bioinformatics team opportunities to explore new technologies.

We encourage informal queries about the job or the application process - please contact Neil Walker, Clinical Bioinformatics & Statistical Genomics Manager at neil.walker@bioresource.nihr.ac.uk

Closing Date: 11th December 2022 Interview Date: TBC

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30th November 2024 in the first instance.

This appointment requires a Research Passport application.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

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

Please quote reference RB34272 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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