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Research Associate (Bioinformatics)

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Cardiff, Cardiff (Caerdydd) (GB)
Salary: £39,347 - £44,263 per annum (Grade 6)
Closing date
1 May 2024

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Biomedicine, Clinical, Health Science
Job Type
Faculty Member, PhD Position, Research Assistant
Employment - Hours
Full time

Vacancy Number: 17893BR

Research Associate (Bioinformatics)
Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences
School of Medicine
College of Biomedical and Life Sciences

We have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and experienced computational biologist to join Professor Caleb Webber’s research group within the UK Dementia Research Institute at Cardiff University.  Prof Webber is the national UK DRI Director of Informatics, and the Webber group are experts in informatics, functional genomics and gene networks, and single cell analyses. The post holder will play a leading role in the projects within the Webber group, in particular around membrane repair pathways as part of the outstanding CZI Neurodegenerative Challenge Network (NDCN) but also across a broader range of informatics data analysis projects around neurodegeneration. The Webber group encourages new thinking in the analytical approaches that can yield a greater understanding of cellular dysfunction and we are keen to identify and support the next leaders in the field. 

The position is based in the UK Dementia Research Institute at Cardiff University, which is one of seven new Dementia Research Institute UK centres. The UK DRI is recently established well-funded institute focused on elucidating and targeting the pathways and mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative disease, offering an exciting research environment closely aligned with established expertise in the MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics.  The Early Career Researcher network is particularly strong within the UK DRI and includes ECR-focussed grant and development opportunities The post-holder will be strongly encouraged to take advantage of the national UK DRI community to advance their science.
In this role, you will: 

Conduct bioinformatics, functional genomics and statistical genetics research on a range of biological data relevant to cellular dysfunction and neurodegeneration.    Develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research including research funding proposals. Review and synthesise existing research literature around informatics and data science as relevant to neurodegenerative disease.

We’d like to hear from you if you: 

Have a postgraduate degree at PhD level in a bioinformatics, statistical genetics or computer science, or equivalent or relevant industrial experience  Have established expertise and a proven portfolio of research and/or relevant industrial experience within Bioinformatics/Biostatistics, especially gene expression/functional genomics  Have experience in using R, UNIX/Linux and/or Python scripting and in the manipulation and analysis of large biological datasets in different data formats 

For informal enquiries please contact Professor Caleb Webber on

This post is full-time (35 hours per week), available from 1st March 2024 and fixed term until 28th February 2027 based at the Hadyn Ellis Building, Cathays campus. 

Salary: £39,347 - £44,263 per annum (Grade 6).  Appointments to roles at Cardiff University are usually made at bottom of scale unless in exceptional circumstances.

The majority of roles at Cardiff University are currently operating under “blended working” arrangements, with staff having the flexibility to work partly from home and partly from the University campus depending on specific business requirements. Discussions around these arrangements can take place after the successful candidate has been appointed.

Cardiff University offers many excellent benefits, including 45 days annual leave (incl bank holidays), local pension scheme, a cycle to work scheme and other travel initiatives, annual increments within the pay scale, and more. It is an exciting and vibrant place to work, with many different challenges and is a proud Living Wage supporter.

Date advert posted: Wednesday, 3 April 2024

Closing date: Wednesday, 1 May 2024

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds. We therefore welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of sex, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, trans identity, relationship status, religion or belief, caring responsibilities, or age.  In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

Cardiff University is a signatory to the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions we will evaluate applicants on the quality of their research, not publication metrics or the identity of the journal in which the research is published. More information is available at:  
Responsible research assessment - Research - Cardiff University

Applications may be submitted in Welsh, and an application submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application submitted in English.

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