Bioinformatician - AR7802ML
Vacancy Description
School of Medicine, Salary: £31,656 - £37,768 per annum, Start Date: As soon as possible, Fixed Term: 18 months
The University of St Andrews seeks to appoint a Bioinformatician to join a dynamic and multidisciplinary community and will play a key role in providing bioinformatic support and development to diverse projects across different research areas. St Andrews possesses a wide range of research programmes in functional genomics, bioinformatics and algorithm development applied to biomedical research, evolutionary biology and cell biology. St Andrews researchers lead large international projects in infectious diseases, neurodevelopmental disorders and marine biology, all heavily involving bioinformatics approaches. Unique research opportunities are offered by the close links with research groups at the School of Computer Science working in algorithm development and machine learning.

The Bioinformatics Unit was established in 2012 to drive and assist world-class research in these areas. The Unit manages a recently installed a high memory computer cluster fully dedicated to bioinformatics research. We are recruiting an exceptional person to participate in the development and use of data-driven approaches within medical and biological research across the University.

The successful applicant will have a degree in bioinformatics or life sciences with experience in informatics or computing applied to biological questions. Applicants must be familiar with Linux and shell scripting, with experience in at least one major programming language.
Experience in the analysis of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) data sets is required, for example: genome assembly, genome-wide association studies, gene expression, phylogenetic inference, RNA-Seq or genome informatics. Good communications and management skills, together with flexibility and clear vision and understanding of the advances in the field, are essential.

The role will include:
• Active participation in the design and implementation of bioinformatics analyses and pipelines.
• Working with multiple research groups across St Andrews in order to provide bioinformatics support.
• Testing, scripting, debugging and computation workflow development and refinement.

The post will be available immediately and is for 18 months in first instance to cover maternity leave, and will be based in the School of Medicine but will involve working with groups based in the Schools of Biology, Chemistry and Computer Science.

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Silvia Paracchini, Email: sp58@st-andrews.ac.uk, Dr Matthew Holden, Email: mtgh@st-andrews.ac.uk   or Dr Nathan Bailey, Email: nwb3@st-andrews.ac.uk.

The University of St Andrews is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all, which is further demonstrated through its working on the Gender and Race Equality Charters and being awarded the Athena SWAN award for women in science, HR Excellence in Research Award and the LGBT Charter;  http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/hr/edi/diversityawards/.  

Please quote ref:  AR7802ML

Closing Date: 19 August 2016

Further Particulars:
AR7802ML FPs.doc

School of Medicine
Salary:  £31,656 - £37,768 per annum
Start Date:  As soon as possible
Fixed Term:  18 months