Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

Postdoctoral Fellow/Principal Bioinformatician in the Vento-Tormo Group

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

Cambridge, United Kingdom

The Vento-Tormo lab, a highly collaborative, international work environment is now seeking either a Postdoctoral Fellow or Principal Bioinformatician (dependent on experience and knowledge) to be responsible for integrating single-cell transcriptomics, genomics and spatial methods in a large dataset of single-cell genomics data. This data is generated from multiple individuals to study the dynamics of reproductive organs over time and space in health and disease.

You will work with highly-skilled colleagues and have the opportunity to be embedded in a large community of computational and experimental scientists working together to create an atlas of all cells in the human body – Human Cell Atlas

The mission of the Vento-Tormo lab is to implement state-of-the-art genomics & spatial methods to study the composition and dynamics of cellular microenvironments, as well as to develop new computational tools to facilitate interpretation, data analysis and integration of single-cell data sets.

The lab is based at the Wellcome Sanger Institute (WSI) a dynamic, multi-disciplinary, innovative institute in Cambridge (UK) and works closely with other teams single-data within the cellular genetics program and the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) to advance in the genomics field.

Key to this role will be your ability to prioritising time to make progress on the project, while training in further skills, testing new ideas and coordinating work and communicating with other teams.

Please indicate on your application form whether you wish to be considered for the Postdoctoral Fellow or the Principal Bioinformatician role.

Essential Skills
Technical Skillset
• PhD in relevant quantitative discipline (e.g. Computational Biology, Genetics, Bioinformatics, Physics, Engineering or Mathematics)
• Proven understanding and experience in the fields of genomics, data processing and high-throughput data analysis
• Experience programming in high level scripting languages (preferably python).
• Experience developing statistical methods for the analysis of large data sets, particularly constrained generalized linear models and machine learning methods such as regularised logistic regression, decision trees, or support vector machines
• High-impact publications

Competency/Behavioural Skillset
• Motivation and ambition to make a personal contribution to GRL research
• Team player with the ability to work with others in a collegiate and collaborative environment
• Excellent communication skills to allow efficient interactions with collaborators
• Proven ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with wide range of persons of differing levels, abilities and knowledge
• Demonstrable good time management and project management skills
• Ability to effectively prioritise, multi-task and work independently
• Detailed orientated, strong organisational and problem-solving skills
• Commitment to personal development and updating of knowledge and skills
• Demonstrates inclusivity and respect for all

If applying for the Bioinformatics role, you must have a significant track record of delivering complex projects and be highly knowledgeable in the usage of various analysis packages taking the ownership of large scale data ensuring it is managed and analysed in a robust, efficient manner.

Ideal Skills
• Experience with image data analysis

Other information
Closing date : 26 January 2020

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.