View Vacancy -- Bioinformatician LMS 1020

Open Date
30/01/2019, 12:10
Close Date
03/03/2019, 23:55
MRC London Institute of Medical Science
The London Institute of Medical Sciences (LMS) at Hammersmith Hospital is the third directly funded MRC research institute and enjoys close links with its partners at Imperial College and at the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. The LMS's research focuses on strengthening the basic science underpinning our understanding of human diseases and the translation of such high quality research into a clinical setting.
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MRC - 4
London
£35,340 - £38,181 pa inclusive
Fixed Term
Technical & Scientific Professionals
Full Time
3 Years with the possibility of extension

Overall purpose:

 

The London Institute of Medical Sciences (LMS) at Hammersmith Hospital is the third directly funded MRC research institute and enjoys close links with its partners at Imperial College and at the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. The LMS's research focuses on strengthening the basic science underpinning our understanding of human diseases and the translation of such high quality research into a clinical setting. Within the LMS the Bioinformatics facility works closely with both research groups and other facilities to meet the bioinformatics requirements of the institute. The post is part of the LMS Bioinformatics facility for providing the best analysis methods for genomics data analysis. The primary responsibilities will be experimental design, establishing of bioinformatics workflows and analysis of biological data. This work will be carried out in collaboration with the LMS research groups as well as training of bioinformatics techniques within the institute.


Main duties / key responsibilities: 

  • To analyse a diverse range of biological data (e.g. ChIP-seq, RNA-Seq, and single cell data) for LMS members
  • To communicate bioinformatics analysis to postgraduates, research scientists and principal investigators
  • To ensure the validity and reliability of data and methods at all times
  • To maintain accurate and complete records of analysis projects
  • To identify and develop suitable techniques for the analysis and visualisation of data, and to build and maintain the associated computational resources (software packages, databases, or web-based analysis and visualisation tools)
  • To maintain all code and programs used for analysis and tool development with suitable source control
  • To identify and implement present and upcoming infrastructure requirements for the Bioinformatics team
  • To assist in and develop bioinformatics training for postgraduate research students and research assistants
  • To present bioinformatics tools and techniques to colleagues
  • To attend relevant workshops and conferences as necessary
  • To participate in Bioinformatics Facility meetings and internal seminars
  • To contribute to the smooth running of the Bioinformatics facility
  • To comply with the College, Division, and Unit safety practices and to attend courses on safety when appropriate

Other Duties

  • To undertake appropriate administration tasks
  • To attend relevant meetings
  • To undertake any necessary training and/or development
  • Any other duties commensurate with the grade of the post as directed by the supervisor

 


Education / Qualifications / Training required (will be assessed from application form): 

Essential:

  • A master’s degree in Computational Biology, Bioinformatics or Biological Sciences or equivalent research, industrial or commercial experience

Knowledge and experience (will be assessed from application form and at interview):

Essential: 

•  Knowledge of molecular biology and genomics

•  Experience with bioinformatics techniques and tools used in molecular biology and genomics

•  Experience in using R and Bioconductor packages in the analysis of biological data


Desirable

•  Experience of ChIP-seq, RNA-Seq, and single cell data analysis

•  Evidence of a high level of skill in at least one general programming language (Python, Java or C++ are preferred)

•  Proven ability in software development and the collaborative use of source control

•  Experience in training biologists and bioinformaticians in the use of bioinformatic tools

•  Track record of contribution to peer reviewed publications

• Proficiency in web programming (Ruby on Rails, Django, Javascript)

•  Experience building and managing MySQL databases


Personal skills/behaviours/qualities (will be assessed at the interview)

Essential:

•  Willingness to work closely with colleagues to seek solutions to Bioinformatics facilities’ goals

•  High level of motivation and drive

•  Willingness to share knowledge and skills with other members of the team on a daily basis

•  Flexible attitude towards work

•  Discipline and regard for confidentiality and security at all times

•  Willingness to undertake any necessary training for the role

•  Willingness to travel both within the United Kingdom and abroad to conduct research and attend conferences




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Choosing to come to work at the MRC (part of UKRI) means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits from a defined benefit pension scheme and excellent holiday entitlement to access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme, as well as the chance to put the MRC and UKRI on your CV in the future.

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