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Bioinformatician, NIHR BioResource (Fixed Term)

NIHR BioResource is recruiting a Bioinformatician to play a key role in the processing of large amounts of genotyping data received at the Cambridge High Performance Computer (HPC).

Our mission is to facilitate human health research and its transformation into medical practice.

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.

Further details on the NIHR BioResource, including some of our COVID-19 research studies, can be found on our website:

Reporting to the Lead Bioinformatician, the role will develop, implement, validate and run software for the in-house pipeline that processes thousands of genotyping samples per month. Tasks will include analysis of the complex datasets, including NGS/array genotyping, RNA-seq and other functional genomics data, and the development of algorithms to improve the pipeline, such as ethnicity and relatedness estimates.

The ideal candidate will be educated to degree level / vocational level 6 in a scientific / computer science / mathematics discipline and have a background in bioinformatics, computational genomics, software development or a similar scientific/mathematical subject.

See the Further Information link below for full details and Person Specification.

This appointment is full-time, 37 hours per week. However, applications for part-time working for no less than 0.8 full-time-equivalent will be considered.

NIHR BioResource is funded by the National Institute for Health & Care Research (NIHR) as part of a 5 year funding cycle. The funds for this post are available until 30 November 2024 in the first instance. It has been announced recently that NIHR BioResource will receive new funding for the next 5 year period.

Our offices are on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, CB2 0QQ (approximately 2 miles south of the city centre). Work-life balance is important, and we are open to discussions regarding flexible working, including hybrid working.

For informal queries about the vacancy or the application process, please contact Neil Walker, Clinical Bioinformatics & Statistical Genomics Manager at

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Closing date: 21st December 2022.

Interviews are expected to take place approximately 2 weeks after the closing date.

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 RB34323 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.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Further information

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