University of Cambridge

Bioinformatics Specialist

University of Cambridge

Cambridge, United Kingdom

Bioinformatics Specialist
Wellcome Trust/Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute
Reference: PR20952

We are seeking a talented and motivated Bioinformatician to investigate the regulation of gene expression and genome organisation in the group of Professor Julie Ahringer. Our research programme uses the powerful model organism C. elegans to uncover general principles of eukaryotic chromatin regulation in an in vivo developmental context (

The successful applicant will actively and collaboratively contribute to different projects within our lively research laboratory, using existing cutting-edge software or devising new methods to analyse genomic, transcriptomic and epigenomic data (e.g, ChIP-seq, Hi-C, RNA-seq, ATAC-seq, single-cell analyses). They will work in close contact with wet-lab scientists producing the data and participate in the research activities of the laboratory as a whole. They will be expected to contribute their own innovative ideas, resulting in potential independent projects. They will also be responsible for developing and running analysis pipelines and maintaining our large database of sequencing datasets.

Candidates should have a strong background in bioinformatics and statistics, prior experience in the analysis of high-throughput sequencing datasets, and excellent skills in scientific programming/scripting and sequence analysis software. Candidates should also have a PhD in a relevant subject, a sound understanding of molecular biology, and a publication track record in bioinformatics.

The Wellcome/Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute is a world-renowned centre of Developmental biology and Cancer research embedded in the University of Cambridge. It is supported by funding from Wellcome and Cancer Research UK, and provides an exceptional and stimulating environment that promotes collaborative and interdisciplinary research in a supportive and modern setting, with access to state-of-the-art technologies such as super-resolution imaging, single-cell analyses, genome engineering, and genomics and computer modelling. Its postdoc association encourages scientific and social interactions and also provides career development and teaching opportunities.

The post is initially available for 3 years, with the possibility of extension subject to available funding.

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Closing date: 03 November 2019

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV (including names of two people who can provide a letter of reference) in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline your research interests and why you are interested in the post.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Emma Gant at

Please quote reference PR20952 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Quote Reference: MA21104