- Job Title
- Senior Bioinformatician
- Post Number
- Closing Date
- 2 Aug 2021
- Starting Salary
- £40,785 - £49,750
- Hours per week
- Months Duration
Main Purpose of the Job
Applications are invited for two Senior Bioinformaticians to join the Computational and Systems Biology department at John Innes Centre.
Our research at the John Innes Centre (JIC) aims to address global challenges and our knowledge of plants and microbes is used to answer fundamental questions, as well as having a significant impact on industrial biotechnology, society and global development.
The JIC Informatics Platform contributes to projects providing excellent bioinformatics expertise. We also support the science by offering a training program ranging from introductions to computational biology to highly specific data analyses. In addition, we enable the use of the high-performance computing infrastructure for all scientists of JIC.
The JIC Informatics Platform seeks to recruit an excellent core bioinformatician to help deliver our tasks. 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 the challenging real-world problems in partnership with leading scientists.
The successful candidate will work as part of the JIC Informatics Platform. 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 Research Computing team to manage shared infrastructure and services. The post-holder will also where appropriate, work with the other institutes on site (The Sainsbury Laboratory, The Earlham Institute and the Quadram Institute), as well as the University of East Anglia (UEA).
Main Activities & Responsibilities
- 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.
- Train and mentor JIC staff students in computational biology, through development and delivery of structured courses, as well as informal one on one training and peer to peer coaching.
- Champion and maintain effective data management practices.
- Disseminate work through internal and external talks and workshop, publications and engagement with the wider scientific community and public.
- As agreed with line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the post.
Education & Qualifications
- Undergraduate degree, or equivalent in Biology, Physics, Mathematics, Computational Biology or related discipline
- PhD in Biology, Physics, Mathematics, Computational Biology or a related discipline
Specialist Knowledge & Skills
- Broad range of expertise in the management and computational analysis of biological data
- Strong command line shell skills, including use of scripting to automate tasks
- Programming skill in an interpreted (e.g. Python, Perl, Ruby) or compiled (e.g. C, C++, Java) language
- Ability to understand the key features of biological problems that are amenable to computational approaches
- Excellent problem-solving skills
- Background in statistics
- Substantial experience with bioinformatics methods, techniques and tools including comparative evaluation of tool effectiveness and adaptation of existing tools
- Experience providing training in bioinformatics
- Working in a HPC (High Performance Computing) environment with the associated tools (schedulers such as LSF, SLURM, etc.)
- Experience with version control systems and associated hosting, such as Git and GitHub
- Experience in genomics and analysis of high-throughput sequencing data
- Experience with application of AI-related methods to biological problems
- Experience with Image Analysis
Interpersonal & Communication Skills
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Enthusiastic and self-motivated
- Ability to work effectively as part of a team, sharing knowledge and techniques and providing the ability to cover for others
- Ability to interact effectively with biologists to discuss techniques and data, and to present technical concepts clearly
- Ability to work independently, managing individual projects through to completion
- Willingness to work outside standard hours as required
- Attention to detail
- Promotes equality and values diversity
- Interest in working within an academic environment
Who We Are
John Innes Centre
The John Innes Centre is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science and microbiology, carrying out fundamental and strategic research, to train scientists and making our findings available to society.
Our research makes use of a wide range of disciplines in the biological and chemical sciences including; cell biology, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics and molecular biology.
We pride ourselves 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, appointing staff from across the world. Any candidate who would like further information on current or anticipated immigration requirements can contact the HR Team on +44 (0)1603 450888 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are proud to hold a prestigious Athena SWAN Gold award, recognising the impact of our work in promoting gender equality in science. We are also a proud member of the Stonewall Diversity Champion’s programme, a founding signatory of the Tecnician Commitment 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).
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.
The JIC Informatics platform exists to provide excellent support in both bioinformatics and scientific computing. Its specific functions are:
• Develop and maintain systems, standards, tools and infrastructure for carrying out routine analysis as well as carrying out those analysis for groups without the necessary expertise.
• Solve novel challenges at the cutting edge of bioinformatics and scientific computing.
• 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.
Living in Norfolk
Salary: £40,785 - £49,750 per annum depending on qualifications and experience.
Contract: Permanent, fulltime
Location: John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK.
Closing date: 2nd August 2021
An exciting opportunity has arisen for two Senior Bioinformaticians to join the Informatics Platform, to support the cutting-edge science of the John Innes Centre.
About the John Innes Centre:
The John Innes Centre is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science, genetics and microbiology. We nurture a creative, curiosity led approach to answering fundamental questions in bioscience, and translate that knowledge into societal benefits.
Our employees enjoy access to state-of-the-art technology and a diverse range of specialist training opportunities, including support for leadership and management. Click here to find out more about working at the John Innes Centre.
About the Informatics Platform:
The Informatics Platform contributes to projects providing excellent bioinformatics expertise. We also support the science by offering a training program ranging from introductions to computational biology to highly specific data analyses. In addition, we enable the use of the high-performance computing infrastructure for all scientists of JIC.
The successful candidates 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 them to challenging real world problems in partnership with world leading scientists.
The post-holder will work with JIC research groups on scientific projects and provide bioinformatics expertise throughout a project lifecycle, from grant writing through data analysis to manuscript preparation. This will include guidance on the use of tools and pipelines, 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, both through development and delivery of structured courses as well as informal one to one coaching.
The ideal candidate:
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 management and computational analysis of biological data. They should also be comfortable with Linux command line shell and possess good knowledge of at least one programming language (e.g., Python, Perl, C, C++ or Java). Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team are essential for this position. Previous experience of providing training in bioinformatics is desired.
Interviews are expected to take place week commencing 30th August 2021.
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. We are proud to hold a prestigious Gold Athena SWAN award in recognition of our inclusive culture, commitment and good practices towards advancing of gender equality. We offer an exciting, stimulating, diverse research environment and actively promote a family friendly workplace. The Institute is also a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme.
The John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852) grant-aided by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.