Senior Bioinformatics Programmer (permanent)
Norwich (UK)
Andrea Telatin
Deadline for application
02 July 2024

Contract Length: Permanent, full time
Salary: £43,550 to £54,900 per annum depending on qualifications and experience.

We’re looking for an enthusiastic and motivated Bioinformatics Programmer to join the Core Bioinformatics team.

The post holder will contribute to the activities of Core Bioinformatics, with a particular focus on infrastructure maintenance and development. Familiarity with Linux, containers (e.g. Apptainer), and HPC is important, as well as understanding and building of bioinformatics workflows (Nextflow) and the ability to contribute to the development and execution of microbial genomics analyses. The candidate will bring engineering skills to the team, helping to maintain our infrastructure (in particular, the Galaxy Project server) and supporting the institute’s research activities, which mostly focus on microbial genomics and metagenomics. This aspect will require experience and familiarity with the Linux Command Line, including some aspects of server administration (managing web and database services, using containerisation, etc) and working knowledge of MySQL or similar relational databases. As a developer, we expect competency in Python coding, and the ability to work on legacy code. Some experience with other languages (such as R, Java, JavaScript, or C++) will be a plus.

The role
As part of core bioinformatics, the job holder will also provide support to research projects, analysing NGS datasets (for example, RNA-Seq, bacterial genomes, metagenomes) mostly using robust Nextflow pipelines. The ability to troubleshoot pipeline executions and improve existing pipelines is essential. Knowledge of microbiology and microbial genomics is desirable, but the candidate must be willing to learn more about microbiology and microbiome and make efforts to keep up to date with the latest relevant literature. This post offers the successful candidate an exciting opportunity to apply and develop their knowledge and skills in the context of cutting-edge microbial genomics and microbiome research. There is a diverse selection of training opportunities on campus, and we encourage participation in relevant scientific conferences.

The ideal candidate

Candidates should have a degree in computer engineering, bioinformatics, or a similar subject. A PhD in Bioinformatics or a related subject will be advantageous. You will have knowledge of microbial genomics and microbiome bioinformatics, as well as an in-depth understanding of Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) applications. Candidates will also have expert user-level experience with Linux and be comfortable writing Python code. Candidates should have previous experience in the development of open-source projects and workflow development. Previous experience with Nextflow DSL2 would be advantageous. You must have the ability to write clear technical documents and have good communication skills.

Additional information
Salary on appointment will be within the range of £43,550 to £54,900 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This is a full-time post on an indefinite basis. For further information and details of how to apply, please visit our HR website or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450814 or quoting reference 1004683. This role meets the criteria for a visa application, and we encourage all qualified candidates to apply.

Please contact the Human Resources Team if you have any questions regarding your application or visa options. We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sectors of society. The Institute supports equality of opportunity within the workplace and expects all employees to share and display these values. To support our commitment, we have a range of family, faith and diversity friendly working arrangements to help all staff achieve excellence in their area of work. As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy.