Job:Senior Bioinformatics Postdoc Research Assistant, Barton Group, University Of Dundee, Scotland
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Grade 7 (£29,837 - £36,661) or Grade 8 (£37,756 - £45,053)

Bioinformatics Research/Software Development in Protein Sequence Analysis and Structure Prediction.

This is an opportunity for a senior bioinformatics researcher/software developer to join the group of Professor Geoff Barton in the Division of Computational Biology, College of Life Sciences, University of Dundee. The Barton Group carries out research into bioinformatics methods and their application. It provides software packages such as Jalview ( which is installed on over 55,000 systems world-wide, and services, including JPred, a protein secondary structure prediction tool which runs up to 90,000 predictions per month for scientists in more than 120 countries.

The successful candidate will further develop JPred and companion tools and databases (e.g. Kinomer, TarO), to improve their accuracy and efficiency. The candidate will also establish consistent web service interfaces for them with JABAWS, a new web services environment. In addition, they will develop novel ways to access them from the Jalview visualisation and sequence analysis workbench. Further details about research in the Barton Group are available on

Requirements: Candidates must be highly motivated with a strong academic record and programming skills in Java and scripting languages (e.g. Perl and Python) demonstrated by their contributions to large-scale software development projects ideally in a biological research area. The successful candidate will work alongside software developers and data analysts, so strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team are essential.

Desirable: Experience with developing SOAP and REST webservice clients and servers in Java; deploying software into virtualisation environments such as VMware and the Amazon EC2 Cloud; creating and handling large datasets; application of classifiers/machine learning techniques (e.g. ANNs/SVMs) in bioinformatics; experience of Cassandra or other noSQL technologies; knowledge and experience of computational methods for biological sequence analysis.

The Barton Group has excellent high performance computing facilities and support environment for bioinformatics research and will be located in purpose-built space in the new CTIR building ( from March 2014.

The starting salary for this post will be within Grade 7 (£29,837 - £36,661) or Grade 8 (£37,756 - £45,053), depending on the experience of the candidate.

This post is available for up to 4 years.

A few facts about The College of Life Sciences at Dundee:

  • The College of Life Sciences has over 900 research and support staff from 60 countries and external funding in excess of £90 million per year.
  • In 2013 The College of Life Sciences was awarded a Regius Professorship in Life Sciences in recognition of its excellence in Life Sciences research.
  • The College of Life Sciences has outstanding technological infrastructure in proteomics, high-performance computing, microscopy, FACS, structural biology and drug discovery.
  • The University of Dundee is the top University in Europe (and 9th in the world) for citations per paper in Biology and Medicine (2013 QS University rankings).
  • Dundee is frequently named one of ‘the best place to work in Europe’ in a polls conducted by The Scientist magazine.
  • Dundee, set on the east coast of Scotland, lies in an area of outstanding natural beauty, including large sandy beaches and challenging hills. Dundee offers an outstanding and affordable standard of living: see

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