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Bioinformatician - Wormbase
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Recruiter: The Wellcome Sanger Institute
Listed on: 31st July
Location: Cambridge
Salary/Rate: £36737 - £44451
Salary Notes: Competitive
Type: Permanent
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: 83595_1564608399_expired
Contact Name: The Wellcome Sanger Institute

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Salary in the region of £36,737- £44,451 (dependent on experience) plus excellent benefits
Permanent/ Open Contract
The Parasite genomics team at the Wellcome Sanger Institute are seeking a talented Bioinformatician to develop WormBase ParaSite (, an integrated portal for parasitic worm genomics.
Parasitic worms are responsible for more than one billion human infections globally and have a devastating impact on livestock and agriculture. WormBase ParaSite facilitates new approaches to the study and control of parasitic worms by integrating, analysing and displaying genomic data for hundreds of species. At also serves as a foundation for comparative genomics, enabling deep explorations of genome evolution across all roundworms and flatworms and, more broadly, across other animal taxa.
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)
Community engagement, including presentations and training workshops at 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 collaborate closely with WormBase and Ensembl staff at the neighbouring European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI).
Essential Skills

Programming/scripting experience (e.g. Perl, Python)
Experience with relational databases (MySQL or Postgres)
Proficiency in Unix/Linux operating system
Excellent communication skills
Attention to detail

Other information
The Wellcome Sanger Institute is a world leading genomics research centre. We undertake large-scale research that forms the foundations of knowledge in biology and medicine. We are open and collaborative; we share our data, results, tools and technologies across the world to advance science. Our findings are used to improve health and to understand life on Earth. Find out more at or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and on our Blog
Our campus:
Set across 130 acres, just outside of Cambridge, The Sanger Institute is located on the stunning Wellcome Genome Campus. Home to some of the world's foremost institutes and organisations in genomics and computational biology, committed to delivering life-changing science with the reach, scale, and creativity to solve some of humanity's greatest challenges.
Our benefits:
There's an attractive benefits package on offer at the Genome Wellcome Campus. We appreciate the importance of achieving work-life balance and support this with a number of family and carer-friendly policies. Plus a flexible working policy for those who may wish to amend their working pattern or arrangement.
As well as the usual benefits you would expect, we go much further:

25 days annual leave (extra 1 day to a maximum of 30 days for every year you work)
Up to 2 days annual paid volunteering leave
Up to 10 days paid Emergency Carers Leave per year
Family friendly environment including options for flexible and part-time working, an on-site Workplace Nursery salary Sacrifice Schemes for pre-school children
and Summer holiday club
Life Assurance Cover and a Group Income Protection Scheme (if on a contract of 12 months or more)
Enhanced maternity leave and parental leave
Access to substantial number of courses and training events onsite
Private Healthcare Scheme (after 6 months service)
Eyecare and Dental payment plans
Concessions and discounts from our corporate perks site

Being part of the Genome Wellcome Campus you will be part of the beautiful working environment with an impressive range of benefits, services and facilities also including:

Free bus service to and from Campus, covering various routes around Cambridge, Saffron Walden and surrounding villages
A car-share initiative
Free parking
A number of on-site venues where you can meet, eat and socialise with colleagues
A thriving Sports and Social Club which provides members with subsidised access to a gym, tennis courts, sports hall, fitness classes and a vibrant social calendar of events

To find out more about our Genome Wellcome Campus, see here.
We hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and will consider all individuals without discrimination and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, where everyone can thrive.
Please include a covering letter and CV with your application. Closing date for applications: 28th August 2019