Computer Biologist - Mutographs Project (Maternity cover)
The Wellcome Sanger Institute
13th August 2019
£25694 - £31090
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Salary in the region of £25,694 - £31,090 (dependent on experience) plus excellent benefits
Fixed term 12 months Maternity Cover
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Computer Biologist to join the Cancer Research UK Grand Challenge Project 'Mutographs', based at the Wellcome Sanger Institute.
Mutographs is a large, international, high profile project, led by Professor Mike Stratton. The project was funded in 2017 in the first round of Cancer Research UK Grand Challenge projects. The project involves geneticists, chemists, bioinformaticians, epidemiologists and patient advocates. It aims to explain major global differences in cancer incidence, through analysis of cancer samples from 5,000 patients, covering 5 different types of cancer, and across 5 continents.
This ambitious task requires a new team member who will be embedded in the multidisciplinary team at Sanger and will be tasked with guiding cancer genome sequence data through the existing Sanger sequence analysis pipelines. The successful candidate will work closely with the postdoctoral scientists, bioinformaticians and project manager based at Sanger.
You will play a key role in the Mutographs team, with daily interactions with scientists and bioinformaticians and the opportunity to participate in international teleconferences and meetings. You will be trained in all aspects of the role and supported as you develop independence.
The position would suit a graduate (or equivalent experience) who is interested in genomics and/or cancer biology, who enjoys responsibility for their own area of work, but within the nurturing environment of a strong team. We are looking for a strong team player who works well with others and can also work independently (once trained) to a high level of detail and diligence.
The position may be interesting for a candidate who wishes to work in a scientific support capacity whilst also at the forefront of an ambitious cancer research project.
Applications from individuals wishing to work part time are welcome (minimum of ~20 hours per week, please give an indication of hours in your covering letter).
Interested candidates may contact the Mutographs project manager, Laura Humphreys (), for further information.
Degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent
Experience of research environment or IT experience
Attention to detail
Team player with good interpersonal skills, enthusiasm to learn new skills
Flexibility and adaptability
Bioinformatics or coding experience
Familiarity with Next Generation Sequencing
The Wellcome Sanger Institute is a charitably funded research centre and committed to training the next generation of genome scientists. Focused on understanding the role of genetics in health and disease and a world leader in the genomic revolution, our mission is to use genome sequences to advance understanding of human and pathogen biology in order to improve human health. We aim to provide results that can be translated into diagnostics, treatments or therapies that reduce global health burdens. Our science is large-scale and organised into Programmes, led by our Faculty who conceive and deliver our science, and supported by our Scientific Operations teams responsible for all data production pipelines at the Institute.
Our Campus: Set over 125 acres, the stunning and dynamic Wellcome Genome Campus is the biggest aggregate concentration of people in the world working on the common theme of Genomes and BioData. It brings together a diverse and exceptional scientific community, committed to delivering life-changing science with the reach, scale and imagination to pursue some of humanity's greatest challenges.
Our Benefits: Our employees have access to a comprehensive range of benefits and facilities including:
Group Defined Contribution Pension Scheme and Life Assurance
Group Income Protection
Private Health Insurance
25 days annual leave, increasing by one day a year to a maximum of 30
Family friendly environment including options for flexible and part-time working, a childcare voucher scheme, Campus Nursery and Summer holiday club
Two days paid Employee Volunteering Leave a year
Employee Discount Scheme
Campus Gym, tennis courts and sports hall plus a range of dining facilities
Active Campus Sports and Social Club
Free Campus Bus Service
Genome Research Limited 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: 8th September 2019
Interviews will be held 24th/25th/26th September 2019