Research Assistant / Bioinformatician

University of Cambridge

The Wellcome Trust - Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute (CSCI) is an international centre of excellence for stem cell research and regenerative medicine. Scientists in the Institute collaborate to advance our knowledge of various stem cell types and to perform pioneering work in translational research areas, providing the foundation for new medical treatments (

Applications are invited for a bioinformatician to join the CSCI's Core Bioinformatics Group. The aim of this group is to apply and create state-of-the-art computational methods for the understanding of the biological properties and biomedical potential of stem cells.

The vacant post is at Research Assistant level and is suitable for individuals with either a computing, mathematics or physics background. The post holder will interact with the research groups within the CSCI and will mainly analyse bulk and single-cell high throughput datasets using cutting edge software tools on internally (SCI)-produced data. He/she will be part of a team of bioinformaticians dedicated to the application of modern bioinformatics techniques to stem cell research.

Candidates should be familiar with a UNIX/Linux environment. Proficiency with an imperative programming/scripting language (e.g. Perl/Python) and statistical data analysis environments (R, Matlab) would be a strong advantage. Additional experience with applying Machine Learning/ Data mining approaches to real-life problems, analysis of transcriptomics/ methylation high-throughput datasets (bulk or single-cell) or with the characterization of regulatory networks using multi-omics approaches is desirable.

The post holder will be involved in both standardised and customised analyses applied on multilayer genomic, transcriptomic and epigenomic data. Training in specialist computational tools (or the relevant biology background) will be provided; a main criterion is an enthusiasm to using and developing bioinformatics tools and pipelines to advance stem cell research.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance.

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The closing date is Wednesday 27 May 2020 with interviews to be confirmed at a later date.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to: Head of Scientific Computing, Dr Irina Mohorianu,

Please quote reference PS23052 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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