Computer Biologist / Senior Computer Biologist - Mutographs project

Computer Biologist / Senior Computer Biologist - Mutographs project

Wellcome Sanger Institute

Cambridge, East of England, United Kingdom

Computer Biologist / Senior Computer Biologist – Mutographs project
Salary in the region of £25,694- £44,451- dependent on skills and experience (grade 3 or 2), plus excellent benefits
Fixed term contract until May 2022 (Full time or part time)

A unique new opportunity has arisen for a Computer Biologist to join the Cancer Research UK Grand Challenge Project ‘Mutographs’, based at the Wellcome Sanger Institute.

Mutographs is a large, international, high profile project, led by Professor Mike Stratton. The project was funded in 2017 in the first round of Cancer Research UK Grand Challenge projects. The project involves geneticists, chemists, bioinformaticians, epidemiologists and patient advocates. It aims to explain major global differences in cancer incidence, through analysis of cancer samples from 5,000 patients, covering 5 different types of cancer, and across 5 continents.

This ambitious task requires a new team member who will be embedded in the multidisciplinary team at Sanger and will be tasked with guiding cancer genome sequence data through the existing Sanger sequence analysis pipelines. The successful candidate will work closely with the postdoctoral scientists, bioinformaticians and project manager based at Sanger.

You will play a key role in the Mutographs team, with daily interactions with scientists and bioinformaticians and the opportunity to participate in international teleconferences and meetings. You will be trained in all aspects of the role and supported as you develop independence.

About you
The position would suit a graduate (or equivalent experience) who is interested in genomics and/or cancer biology, who enjoys responsibility for their own area of work, but within the nurturing environment of a strong team. We are looking for a team player who has can work independently (once trained) to a high level of detail and diligence.

The position may be interesting for a candidate who is returning to work after time out and/or for someone who has further scientific qualifications but does wish to pursue a career trajectory to independent funding. Or from someone wishing to move from wet to dry lab research.

Applications from individuals wishing to work part time are welcome (minimum of ~20 hours per week, please give an indication of hours in your covering letter). This position is available at grade 2 or 3, dependent on relevant experience. This will be discussed during the interview process.

Interested candidates may contact the Mutographs project manager, Laura Humphreys (, for further information.

Essential Skills
• Degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent
• Experience of research environment or IT experience
• Attention to detail
• Team player with good interpersonal skills, enthusiasm to learn new skills
• Flexibility and adaptability

Ideal Skills
• Bioinformatics or coding experience
• Familiarity with Next Generation Sequencing

Other information
The Wellcome Sanger Institute is a charitably funded research centre and committed to training the next generation of genome scientists. Focused on understanding the role of genetics in health and disease and a world leader in the genomic revolution, our mission is to use genome sequences to advance understanding of human and pathogen biology in order to improve human health. We aim to provide results that can be translated into diagnostics, treatments or therapies that reduce global health burdens. Our science is large-scale and organised into Programmes, led by our Faculty who conceive and deliver our science, and supported by our Scientific Operations teams responsible for all data production pipelines at the Institute.

Our Campus: Set over 125 acres, the stunning and dynamic Wellcome Genome Campus is the biggest aggregate concentration of people in the world working on the common theme of Genomes and BioData. It brings together a diverse and exceptional scientific community, committed to delivering life-changing science with the reach, scale and imagination to pursue some of humanity’s greatest challenges.

Our Benefits: Our employees have access to a comprehensive range of benefits and facilities including:
• Group Defined Contribution Pension Scheme and Life Assurance
• Group Income Protection
• Private Health Insurance
• 25 days annual leave, increasing by one day a year to a maximum of 30
• Family friendly environment including options for flexible and part-time working, a childcare voucher scheme, Campus Nursery and Summer holiday club
• Two days paid Employee Volunteering Leave a year
• Employee Discount Scheme
• Campus Gym, tennis courts, cricket pitch and sports hall plus a range of dining facilities
• Active Campus Sports and Social Club
• Free Campus Bus Service

Genome Research Limited 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 include a covering letter and CV with your application. Closing date for applications: 4th February 2019

Please apply via recruiter’s website.