Earlham Institute (EI)

Postdoctoral Genome Biologist and Bioinformatician

Earlham Institute (EI)

Norwich, United Kingdom

Postdoctoral Genome Biologist and Bioinformatician (Single Cell Eukaryotes)

The Earlham Institute (EI) based in Norwich, UK is seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Genome Biologist and a Bioinformatician to lead the analysis of the protist genome data from the Darwin Tree of Life project.

The Earlham Institute is a research institute focused on exploring living systems by applying computational science and biotechnology to answer ambitious biological questions and generate enabling resources.

These exciting positions form part of the Darwin Tree of Life Project to provide high quality genome assemblies for all eukaryotic species in the British Isles. EI, along with the University of Exeter, will be leading the analysis of protists (single celled eukaryote) genomes. Protists are often referred to as ‘biology’s dark matter’ as there is so little known about their biology and biodiversity. There are potentially millions of species, yet very few have been described. The project aims to pilot new methods to sample protist biodiversity in the UK and use comparative genomics tools to study the ecology and biology of these enigmatic organisms.

Genome Biologist:

This role will analyse single cell and metagenomic datasets to understand species biodiversity and niche adaption to different environments and infer species interactions from co-occurrence data. They will also undertake phylogenetic analyses to position new species in the tree-of life and analyse annotated draft genomes to identify lineage specific gene sets and infer gene function using phylogenetic profiling methods.

The ideal candidate will have a PhD in biology or a related subject and a good understanding of bioinformatics methods. They will have experience of transcriptomics, genomics data analyses and knowledge of the Unix computing environment.


This role will develop computational methods and pipelines to support genome assembly, annotation and data analysis of single celled eukaryotes. Apply tools for single cell genomics and metagenomics analysis to datasets from short read and long read sequencing technologies; assess data arising from novel experimental techniques.

Applicants should possess a PhD or equivalent experience in computational biology, computer science or bioinformatics. They should have experience of large-scale data analysis, a good understanding of bioinformatics tools and the ability to programme in at least one of the following languages: Python (preferable), Perl, Java, C++, R.

Additional information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £31,625 to £38,575 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. Both posts are full time with the Postdoctoral Genome Biologist contract for 3 years and the Bioinformatician contract for 30 months.

Interviews will be held on 4th and 6th December 2019.

For further information and details of how to apply, please visit our web site http://jobs.earlham.ac.uk/ or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or nbi.recruitment@nbi.ac.uk quoting reference 1003786 for the Postdoctoral Genome Biologist role or 1003777 for the Bioinformatician role.

As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy.

The closing date for applications will be 17th November 2019.

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