Bioinformatician - WormBase

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Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
GBP31498 - GBP39729 per annum + Excelent benefits
02 Aug 2017
30 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

You will work on a range of data analysis, data integration and community-engagement activities for WormBase ParaSite, and will also actively participate in the exciting next phase of development for the resource. The main areas of focus will be:

  • Customisation and deployment of annotation pipelines for parasitic worm genomes
  • Analysis, curation and integration of large-scale genomics data sets (e.g. studies of gene expression and genomic variation)
  • Development of the resource to support drug target identification
  • Community engagement, including presentations and tutorials at workshops and conferences

WormBase ParaSite is a sister project to the well-known WormBase () and Ensembl () projects. As well as working with genome scientists within the Parasite genomics team, you will also spend time working with WormBase and Ensembl staff at the neighbouring European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI).

Essential Skills:

  • Good programming/ scripting skills (e.g. Perl or Python)
  • Proficiency in Unix/Linux operating system
  • Experience using relational database systems (MySQL or Postgres)
  • Strong grounding in genome biology
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Attention to detail

Ideal Skills:

  • Bioinformatics experience at Masters or PhD level
  • Experience analysing functional genomics experiments (especially RNASeq)
  • Experience with software version control systems
  • Knowledge of parasitology, preferably helminths
  • Experience with genome annotation methodologies and pipelines
  • Familiarity with the Ensembl Application Programming Interface
  • Previous annotation/curation experience

Other information

The Sanger Institute is a charitably funded research centre focused on understanding the role of genetics in health and disease. We use state of the art large-scale genomic approaches to drive world-leading projects to uncover the basis of genetic and infectious disease. Our goal is to provide results that can be translated into diagnostics, treatments or therapies that reduce global health burdens.

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute welcomes applications from all candidates irrespective of age, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief, or marital or civil partnership status.

Closing date 1st September 2017 However, applications will be considered and reviewed on an on-going basis.

Please include a covering letter and CV with your application.