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John Innes Centre

JIC is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science and microbiology. Our mission is to carry out fundamental and strategic research, to train scientists and to make our findings available to society.

The scientific research at the Centre makes use of a wide range of disciplines in the biological and chemical sciences, including cell biology, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics and molecular biology.

The John Innes Centre prides itself on being a welcoming and inclusive working environment for all. We have a diverse and multicultural scientific community and thrive on our European and international links. The John Innes Centre is proud to hold a prestigious Athena SWAN Gold award, recognising the impact of our work in promoting gender equality in science. For more information, go to http://www.jic.ac.uk/training-careers/athena-swan/. We are also a proud member of the Stonewall Diversity Champion’s programme and, as a Disability Confident employer, guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post.

The John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852), limited by guarantee (registered in England No. 511709) and is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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Post Number1003401
Job TitleSenior Bioinformatician
Closing Date26 Feb 2018
GradeSC5
Starting Salary£39,150 - £47,850
Hours per week 37
Expected/Ideal Start Date 01 Mar 2018
Months Duration 36
Main purpose of the job By 2050, the world population will be nearly 10 billion. Feeding such a population requires better crops, as well as ways to cope with losses from plant diseases and a changing climate. At the same time, our antibiotics are failing us and we need to seek new approaches to deal with resistance.


The JIC's research programme seeks solutions to these global scale problems. As well as the immediate challenges, solving problems in the longer term requires a better understanding of the fundamental science of plant and microbial biology.


This reseach programme depends critically on the fast moving and complex technologies involved in Computational Biology. This area requires wide ranging expertise and skills in understanding, analysing and visualing complex datasets. The JIC seeks to recruit an excellent core Bioinformatician to help meet these challenges.


The successful candidate will join a highly skilled and motivated team working at the interface between science and computing. The position provides an exciting opportunity to work on cutting edge research in biology, exploring new technological approaches, and applying those to challenging real world problems in partnership with world leading scientists.
Department Computational and Systems Biology
The Department of Computational and Systems Biology conducts leading research across a broad range of the biological sciences, with a special focus on spatial problems in plant and microbial research. Particular strengths of the department include mathematical and statistical modelling of the physical mechanisms underlying biological pattern formation and comparative genomics. In addition, the department has strong bioinformatics that underpins the research of the institute through training, software development and statistical analysis.
Whilst much of the research is carried out in close collaboration with world-leading experimental groups within the John Innes Centre, we have strong international collaborations with experimentalists and theoreticians worldwide.
Group Details The JIC Informatics platform exists to provide excellent support in both bioinformatics and scientific computing. Its specific functions are:


* To develop and maintain systems, standards, tools and infrastructure for carrying out routine analyses, as well as carrying out those analyses for groups without the necessary expertise.

* To solve novel challenges at the cutting edge of bioinformatics and scientific computing
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* To train and mentor scientists at all levels, with the aim of raising the standards of bioinformatics and data management across JIC, enabling groups to become as self-sufficient as possible.
Advert Text Senior Bioinformatician

Applications are invited for a Senior Bioinformatician to join the Computational and Systems Biology department at the John Innes Centre.

Background:

By 2050, the world population will be nearly 10 billion. Feeding such a population requires better crops, as well as ways to cope with losses from plant diseases and a changing climate. At the same time, our antibiotics are failing us and we need to seek new approaches to deal with resistance.

The JIC's research programme seeks solutions to these global scale problems. As well as the immediate challenges, solving problems in the longer term requires a better understanding of the fundamental science of plant and microbial biology.

This research programme depends critically on the fast moving and complex technologies involved in Computational Biology. This area requires wide ranging expertise and skills in understanding, analysing and visualising complex datasets. The JIC seeks to recruit an excellent core Bioinformatician to help meet these challenges.

The role:

The successful candidate will join a highly skilled and motivated team working at the interface between science and computing. The position provides an exciting opportunity to work on cutting edge research in biology, exploring new technological approaches, and applying those to challenging real world problems in partnership with world leading scientists.

The post-holder will work with JIC research groups on scientific projects, providing computational biology expertise throughout the project lifecycle, from grant writing through data analysis to manuscript preparation. This will include guidance on the use of tools and pipelines and interpretation of their results and, where necessary, carrying out analyses directly.

Other important elements of the role include developing and maintaining cutting edge tools and resources, such as software, pipelines, databases and visualisation tools. The post-holder will also train and mentor JIC staff and students in computational biology, through development and delivery of structured courses, as well as informal one to one training and coaching.

The ideal candidate:

To be considered for this post, candidates must possess a Bachelors degree, or equivalent, in Biology, Physics, Mathematics, Computational Biology or related discipline. A PhD in a similar field would be advantageous but not essential.

Candidates must have a broad range of expertise in the management and computational analysis of biological data. They should also possess a strong command of line shell skills and programming skills (e.g. Python, Perl, Ruby, C, C++ or Java). Previous experience of providing training in bioinformatics is essential, as are excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Additional information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £39,150 to £47,850 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This post is for a contract of three years.

For further information and details of how to apply, please visit our web site http://jobs.jic.ac.uk or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or nbi.recruitment@nbi.ac.uk quoting reference 1003401.

We are an equal opportunities employer, actively supporting inclusivity and diversity. As a Disability Confident organisation, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy. The John Innes Centre is also proud to hold a Gold Award from Athena SWAN and is a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme.
Key relationships The successful candidate will work within the Bioinformatics and Scientific Computing group. They will interact regularly with science staff from across the institute, working with individual research groups as well as supporting the ISPs (Institute Strategic Programmes).

They will also work with the NBI Partnership Computing and Computing Infrastructure for Science teams to manage shared infrastructure and services. The post-holder will also, where appropriate, work with the other instiutes on site (the Sainsbury Laboratory, the Earlham Institute and the Quadram Institute), as well at the University of East Anglia (UEA).
Main Activities & ResponsibilitiesPercentage
Work with JIC research groups on scientific projects, providing computational biology expertise throughout the project lifecycle, from grant writing through data analysis to manuscript preparation. This will include guidance on the use of tools and pipelines and interpretation of their results and, where necessary, carrying out analyses directly.40
Develop and maintain cutting edge tools and resources (software, pipelines, databases, visualisation tools) both for use within the core bioinformatics team, and wider use across the JIC.25
Train and mentor JIC staff and students in computational biology, through development and delivery of structured courses, as well as informal one on one training and peer to peer coaching.20
Champion and maintain effective data management practices.10
Disseminate work through internal and external talks and workshops, publications and engagement with the wider scientific community and public.5
As agreed with line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the post

Education & QualificationsRequirementImportance
Undergraduate degree, or equivalent, in Biology, Physics, Mathematics, Computational Biology or a related disciplineEssential
PhD in Biology, Physics, Mathematics, Computational Biology or a related disciplineDesirable

Specialist Knowledge & SkillsRequirementImportance
Broad range of expertise in the management and computational analysis of biological dataEssential
Strong command of line shell skills, including use of scripting to automate tasksEssential
Programming skills in an interpreted (e.g. Python, Perl, Ruby) or compiled (e.g. C, C++, Java)Essential
Ability to understand the key features of biological problems that are amenable to computational approachesEssential
General problem solving skillsEssential

Relevant ExperienceRequirementImportance
Experience with bioinformatics methods, techniques and tools including comparative evaluation of tool effectiveness and adaptation of existing tools Essential
Experience providing training in bioinformaticsEssential
Working in a HPC (High Performance Computing) environment with the associated tools (schedulers such as LSF, SLURM, PBS, etc) or cloud computingDesirable
Experience with version control systems and associated hosting, such as Git and GitHubDesirable

Interpersonal & Communication SkillsRequirementImportance
Excellent verbal and written communication skillsEssential
Enthusiasic and self motivatedEssential
Ability to work effectively as part of a team, sharing knowledge and techniques and providing the ability to cover for othersEssential
Ability to interact effectively with biologists to discuss techniques and data, and to present technical concepts clearlyEssential
Ability to work independently, managing individual projects through to completionEssential
Ability to train and mentor others in computational biology techniques and toolsEssential

Additional RequirementsRequirementImportance
Willingness to work occasionally during weekends or out-of-hoursEssential
Promotes equality and values diversityEssential
Ability to undertake occasional travel with possible overnight staysEssential
Interest in working within in academic environmentDesirable

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