Bioinformatician in Microbiome Science

Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology, University of Oxford

Oxford, South East England, United Kingdom

Salary: Grade 7: £32,236 - £39,609 p.a.

We are seeking a Bioinformatician to join Dr Nicholas Ilott and the Oxford Centre for Microbiome Studies (OCMS). The OCMS is a new Oxford initiative within the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology, where you would be based and is overseen by Professor Fiona Powrie. It is designed to facilitate access to state-of-the art facilities and expertise for experimental research into the microbiome both for those new to the field and established groups.


You will contribute to the study design of proposed projects to the OCMS and provide computational and statistical analysis for OCMS projects including analysis of high-throughput sequencing data in the context of host-microbiota and bacterial interactions. You will develop and establish pipelines for microbial analysis, and improve existing pipelines in collaboration and with other bioinfomaticians at the Kennedy. You will actively participate in meetings at group, institute and departmental level as well as maintaining an up-to-date awareness of relevant publications in the area of research.


You must hold a PhD degree (or near completion) in a relevant subject such as bioinformatics or computational biology, applicants with a background in computer sciences augmented with extensive experience in life sciences would also be considered. You will have excellent programming skills in at least one programming language, preferably Python and/or R, as well as previous experience working with large datasets. Interest in microbiome research and experience working on collaborative projects is essential. Previous experience managing multiple projects and previous experience in the analysis of microbial communities is desirable.


This is a full-time position for 2 years.


Owing to the nature of the research at the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology, this job will require additional security pre-employment checks (a satisfactory basic Disclosure and Barring Service check).


You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement as part of your online application.


The closing date for this position is 12.00 noon on Wednesday 13 March 2019.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: University of Oxford-itox_ac-139261

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