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Data Manager

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Recruiter: The Wellcome Sanger Institute
Listed on: 17th February
Location: Hinxton, Cambridgeshire
Salary/Rate: £37,865 - £45,359
Salary Notes: Competitive
Type: Contract
Start Date: ASAP

The Opportunity:

We are looking for a Data Manager to join the Genomics of Inflammation and Immunity Group at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, led by Dr. Carl Anderson 

About the Role:

You will play a central role in a substantial research programme using high-throughput genetics and genomics to further our biological understanding of immune-mediated diseases and, ultimately, identify new drug targets for these debilitating diseases. The team has complex genomic and phenotypic data on tens of thousands of patients and healthy individuals, and we are looking to recruit a Data Manager to lead all aspects of data management.

You will develop and establish best-practices for storage, backup, and organization of genomics and phenotypic data, and create pipelines that implement these practices, including standardized quality control pipelines for ensuring data integrity. You will be responsible for ensuring that our data is uploaded to appropriate repositories, and handle queries from external users of our data. Similarly, you will drive the ascertainment of external datasets and ensure that these are documented and aligned appropriately to internal datasets. You will also play a key role in selecting samples for sequencing, minimizing unwanted duplicates and ensuring that samples are tracked throughout their journey through the Institute's core sequencing and informatics pipelines. You will contribute to standardizing and scaling analysis pipelines and to the writing of scientific research papers.

About You:

You will join a multi-disciplinary team of statisticians, geneticists, immunologists, computer scientists and clinicians who work together to understand the genetics and genomics of immune-mediated disease. You will have a collaborative approach to research and take a full and active role in discussions, contributing both ideas and expertise as necessary.

Essential Skills:

Technical Skills:

  • Previous experience as a Data manager, or an equivalent coordination role 
  • Experience handling human genetic, phenotypic or clinical data 
  • Knowledge of standards for exchange of human genetic, phenotypic and clinical data 
  • Experience working with relational databases (i.e. MySQL) 
  • Good Knowledge of programming languages to manipulate large datasets (Python, R) 
  • Experience working in a Unix environment 

Behaviours and Competencies:

  • Strong organisational skills and ability to judge priorities 
  • Self-motivated, able to work independently and organise own workload 
  • Ability to work accurately, with attention to detail 
  • Ability to communicate effectively and work collaboratively with other team members and external collaborators 

Ideal Skills:

  • A degree or equivalent experience in one of the following subjects: Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Life Sciences or equivalent experience 
  • Experience of preparing data for analysis by others 
  • Experience in report writing and presentation skills 

Other information:

Whilst the developments around COVID-19 continue to evolve, the Wellcome Genome Campus is closed for all but essential functions and facilities. 

People remain at the centre of everything that we do and the majority of our staff are now working remotely to ensure continuity of operations, making use of remote communication and collaboration tools.

Interviews will be taking place virtually and the successful candidate should expect to be fully supported through remote on-boarding and working from home until the Campus re-opens to all staff. This approach may vary for individuals located overseas and/or where a visa is required and starting will be based on a number of factors, we will be able to provide specialist advice to those affected candidates.

Flexible Working

We appreciate the importance of achieving a healthy work-life balance and support this with a number of benefits, including a flexible working policy for those who may wish to apply to amend their working pattern or arrangement. We welcome applications for this position that are looking for flexible working, such as flexible start and finish times, and equal consideration will be given to individuals regardless of their working preferences.

Application Process:

Please apply with your CV and a cover letter outlining your suitability for the role.

Closing Date: 17th March 2021

About us:

The Wellcome Sanger Institute is a world leading genomics research centre. Our findings are used to improve health and to understand life on Earth.

Our benefits:

There's an attractive benefits package on offer at the Wellcome Genome 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)
  • Auto-enrolment into a generous Group Defined Contribution Pension Scheme, with enhanced company contribution (for more information, see our Pensions page)
  • 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 is accessible on day 1 for all 
  • Group Income Protection Scheme (if on a contract exceeding 12 months)
  • Enhanced maternity, parental and adoption leave
  • Access to substantial number of courses and training events onsite
  • Private Healthcare Scheme 
  • Eyecare and Dental payment plans
  • Concessions and discounts from our corporate perks site

Being part of the Wellcome Genome 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

In 2020 we were awarded an Athena SWAN Silver Award. We will consider all individuals without discrimination and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, where everyone can thrive.

Contact Name: Wellcome Sanger Institute
Reference: TJ/2678/84141
Job ID: 2899436



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