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Research Assistant/Associate – Bioinformatician (Smith Lab)

Posted by , on 11 February 2020

Closing Date: 15 March 2021

Department/Location: Wellcome Trust – Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute, CAMBRIDGE
Salary: £26,715 – £30,942 or £32,816 – £40,322
Reference: PS22234
Category: Research
Published: 23 January 2020
Closing date: 20 February 2020

The Wellcome – MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute 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 (

The Living Systems Institute (LSI) pioneers transformative science to engineer control of complex biological systems. LSI merges research in biology and medicine with ground breaking physical sciences technologies and powerful mathematical modelling capabilities.

A post is open for a Research Assistant/Associate bioinformatician in the laboratory of Professor Austin Smith to work on an ERC Advanced Grant project on Plasticity of the Pluripotency Network (PLASTINET). You will contribute to analyses of the fundamental biology of pluripotency and pluripotent stem cells in different mammals. The laboratory is currently based in the Wellcome-MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute and will relocate to the Living Systems Institute, University of Exeter, in July 2020

Research assistant candidates should have an MSc or equivalent in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Systems Biology or related subject. Research Associate candidates should have a PhD or equivalent research doctorate in computational biology or bioinformatics.

You will develop and implement algorithms, analysis methods and visualisation tools for dissecting multi-omics datasets. In particular, you will use scRNAseq, ChIPseq and ATAC-seq data in order to elucidate the regulatory networks governing pluripotency and undertake comparisons across species. You will also be encouraged to develop new analyses within the group’s field of interest.

Candidates will have proven capacity to understand and execute high-throughput data analysis, and should be familiar with a UNIX/Linux environment and programming/scripting language (Python, R, Matlab). General knowledge of molecular cell biology and experience in sequencing analysis will be beneficial. Specific training and support will be provided as needed.

Good communication skills and the ability to work effectively in a team are essential. This post will transfer to the University of Exeter in July 2020.

Research Assistant salary range £26,715-£30,942; Research Associate salary range £32,816-£40,322, depending on experience and qualification.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

To apply for this post please follow this link: Click the ‘Apply’ button on Job Opportunitues to register an account with the Cambridge University recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

The closing date is 20 February 2020, with interviews to be confirmed.

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, one of whom must be your most recent line manager, with email address and phone number.

Please quote reference PS22234 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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