Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

Bioinformatician/Software Developer - Cancer Ageing and Somatic Mutation

Wellcome Sanger Institute

Cambridge, United Kingdom

Outstanding opportunity

An exciting Software Analysis and Development opportunity has become available to join the IT Team in the Cancer, Ageing and Somatic Mutation (CASM) Division at The Sanger Institute. We are looking for a bright, enthusiastic individual who enjoys working in a multi-disciplinary team environment helping to solve complex IT issues which will ultimately aid our understanding of mutational processes in humans. The successful candidate would be required to develop State of the Art analysis Tools.

The role involves working closely with scientific/IT staff within CASM to develop novel analysis strategies and software. The analysis software needs to be efficient, visually appealing and interpretable by the wider scientific and clinical community.

The CASM Support IT team has developed a suite of algorithms to analyse genetic variation in cancer genome data. This includes software to detect tumour genetic variation (e.g. single-base substitutions, structural rearrangements, copy number changes) and the ability to annotate the resulting variants and mine the data for interesting patterns and signatures (https://github.com/cancerit).

The CASM Division has led the way in the systematic analysis of cancer genomes by using the human genome sequence and high throughput mutation detection techniques to identify somatically acquired sequence variants/mutations and hence identify genes critical in the development of human cancers (http://www.sanger.ac.uk/genetics/CGP/).

Although experience of bioinformatics or software development would be a distinct advantage, applications are welcome from enthusiastic and committed graduates or candidates from other fields who wish to pursue a career in this area.

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.

Essential Skills
• Degree in the areas of Bioinformatics, Biology or Computer Science with a Biology background.
• Experience of a scripting language (eg Python)
• Some software development skills
• Enjoy working as part of a team
• Enthusiastic and keen to learn

Ideal Skills
• Some experience of Agile Software Development ideas
• Software development using a compiled language (e.g. C, C++)
• Some experience of high throughput computing or cloud virtualisation
• Ability to work independently and organise own workload
• Ability to communicate ideas and results effectively

Other information
Closing Date: 31 January 2020
Please include a covering letter and CV with your application.

About Us
The Wellcome Sanger Institute is a world leading genomics research centre. We undertake large-scale research that forms the foundations of knowledge in biology and medicine. Our findings are used to improve health and to understand life on Earth. Find out more at www.sanger.ac.uk or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Youtube and on our Blog.

Our campus
Set across 130 acres, just outside of Cambridge, The Sanger Institute is located on the stunning Wellcome Genome Campus. Home to some of the world’s foremost institutes and organisations in genomics and computational biology, committed to delivering life-changing science with the reach, scale, and creativity to solve some of humanity’s greatest challenges.

Our benefits:
There’s an attractive benefits package on offer at the Genome Wellcome Campus. We appreciate the importance of achieving work-life balance and support this with a number of family and carer-friendly policies. Plus a flexible working policy for those who may wish to amend their working pattern or arrangement.
As well as the usual benefits you would expect, we go much further:
• 25 days annual leave (extra 1 day to a maximum of 30 days for every year you work)
• Auto-enrolment into a generous Group Defined Contribution Pension Scheme, with enhanced company contribution (for more information, see our Pensions page)
• Up to 2 days annual paid volunteering leave
• Up to 10 days paid Emergency Carers Leave per year
• Family friendly environment including options for flexible and part-time working, an on-site Workplace Nursery salary Sacrifice Schemes for pre-school children and Summer holiday club
• Life Assurance Cover and a Group Income Protection Scheme (if on a contract of 12 months or more)
• Enhanced maternity leave and parental leave
• Access to substantial number of courses and training events onsite
• Private Healthcare Scheme (after 6 months service)
• Eyecare and Dental payment plans
• Concessions and discounts from our corporate perks site

Being part of the Genome Wellcome Campus you will be part of the beautiful working environment with an impressive range of benefits, services and facilities also including:
• Free bus service to and from Campus, covering various routes around Cambridge, Saffron Walden and surrounding villages
• A car-share initiative
• Free parking
• A number of on-site venues where you can meet, eat and socialise with colleagues
• A thriving Sports and Social Club which provides members with subsidised access to a gym, tennis courts, sports hall, fitness classes and a vibrant social calendar of events

Find out more about our Genome Wellcome Campus.

We hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and will consider all individuals without discrimination and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, where everyone can thrive.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.