Job: Postdoctoral Fellow - Senior Bioinformatician (Cambridge UK)
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Postdoctoral Fellow - Senior Bioinformatician PDF Salary range: £30655 to £38428 per annum plus excellent benefits. Fixed-term until the end of 2018

Pneumococcal diseases are a huge burden on human health but are potentially preventable through vaccination. The Sanger Institute and partners at CDC and Emory University are funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to perform a global genomics study to learn about the effect that anti-pneumococcal vaccines have on evolution of Streptococcus pneumoniae, the pathogen that they are designed to combat. Over 20,000 S. pneumoniae genomes are being sequenced representing bacteria from countries across the world, before and after introduction of anti-pneumococcal vaccines. Further information about the project is available at

We wish to recruit a postdoctoral bioinformatician to help drive the analysis of this important data set. They will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team and be responsible for handling the analysis or large genomic data sets to deliver key insights. They will be involved end-to-end requiring interactions with members of the international project partner group and members of other teams within the Sanger Institute. They will work with other team members to interpret findings and will be responsible for translation into scientific publications.

The ideal applicant will have a PhD in microbiology, microbial bioinformatics, or a related discipline, with demonstrated expertise in the analysis of bacterial genomes and handing very large data sets. Experience with at least one scripting language would be an advantage. They will join a lively group that combines the expertise of microbiologists, phylogeneticists, bioinformaticians and programmers.

For any questions about the position, please contact Stephen Bentley (

Essential Skills • PhD in microbiology, microbial bioinformatics, or a related discipline • Demonstrated expertise in the analysis of bacterial genomes and handing very large data sets • Proven track record of publishing high impact papers in reviewed journals • Excellent communication skills, ability to interact with a cross section of people and develop and maintain good working relationships • Keen to learn and share scientific ideas • Experience of undertaking research work within large multidisciplinary teams • Attention to detail • Excellent problem solving

Ideal Skills • Experience with at least one programming or scripting language • Experience of working at Containment Level 2

Other information Postdoctoral Fellows are typically in their first or second postdoctoral position as part of a period of early career research training.

The Sanger Institute is a charitably funded research centre focused on understanding the role of genetics in health and disease. We use state of the art large-scale genomic approaches to drive world-leading projects to uncover the basis of genetic and infectious disease. Our goal is to provide results that can be translated into diagnostics, treatments or therapies that reduce global health burdens.

The Institute is located near Cambridge, UK on the stunning Wellcome Trust Genome Campus. This growing and dynamic site is the British hub of genomic science. It hosts the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), the Centre for Therapeutic Target Validation, a Biodata Innovation Centre and will soon host Genomics England Limited’s 100,000 Genomes Sequencing Centre. It is an excellent environment in which to work and collaborate with researchers on campus and around the world and benefit from cross-fertilisation of ideas.

To help researchers to develop their skills and networks, the Institute hosts a range of scientific seminars with internal and invited speakers, scientific group meetings and skills development workshops. In addition the Campus is home to the Wellcome Trust Advanced Course and Scientific Conferences programme and the Wellcome Trust Conference Centre.

Our Benefits include: Defined Benefit Pension Scheme, Group Income Protection, Healthcare scheme, Childcare Vouchers, Nursery and 25 days Annual Leave plus Bank Holidays. We also have a gym, two cafes, a nursery, dining facilities, and a free campus bus service. Our thriving Sports and Social Club provides many opportunities to meet with people working across the campus.

WTSI welcomes applications from all candidates irrespective of age, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief, or marital or civil partnership status.

Please include a covering letter and CV with your application.

Closing date for applications: 12th May 2016

Application link:

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