UK: Research Associate / Senior Research Associate in Bioinformatics at University of Cambridge

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Salary: £27,854 – £47,314

Reference: RI01891

Closing date: 20 November 2013

This is a NIHR funded post in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the University of Cambridge, available until 31 March 2017 in the first instance.

Description: It will involve analysis of sequence data from a number of sources, but focusing on samples of the placenta from pregnancies complicated by pre-eclampsia and/or fetal growth restriction, compared with matched controls. Analyses will include the placental genome, the methylome (using whole genome bisulphite sequencing) and RNA profiling (both coding and non-coding). Samples have already been collected and archived through the Women’s Health theme of the NIHR Cambridge Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre: see for study design. Samples are available from a cohort of 4,500 women. Wetlab studies are currently being conducted by two experienced post-doctoral research associates and sequencing will be performed using a HiSeq2500 run by the on-site Genomic core facility.

Eligibility:Applicants should have (or be close to obtaining) a relevant MSc or PhD in the fields of bioinformatics, scientific data analysis, machine learning, or related fields. Expertise in the areas of scientific programming (e.g. in Python, Perl, C, Java, etc.), handling biological information in databases, data mining and analysis packages (such as Bioconductor) are essential for the post, as is a general understanding of biological information. The candidate will join two other full time computational posts (a Senior Research Associate in Biostatistics and a Research Associate in Bioinformatics). We have close collaborative links with the nearby MRC Biostatistics Unit, the CRUK Cambridge Institute and the Sanger Institute.

Further details: are available from our website or by emailing Grazyna Tutak

Note: Please return a covering letter, your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a completed CHRIS/6 please complete Part 1 (Part 3 is optional) by 20 November 2013 3pm to Grazyna Tutak via email to or via post to University of Cambridge, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Box 223, The Rosie Hospital, Robinson Way, Cambridge, CB2 0SW. Please quote reference RI01891 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Interviews: will take place on Wednesday 27th November 2013.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 March 2017 in the first instance.

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