Bioinformatician - Ensembl Genomes

Job Location: 
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Job Description: 

We are looking for a Bioinformatician to join the Ensembl Genomes team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), located on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK. The EBI, part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), is a world-leading bioinformatics centre providing biological data to the scientific community with expertise in data storage, analysis and representation.

The post holder will work on a new BBSRC-funded project (led by the Institute for Animal Health) aimed at completing the genome sequence of the biting midge, Culicoides sonorensis, an important vector of the bluetongue virus and other disease. (S)he will be responsible for the assembly, annotation and dissemination of the sequence data, in the context of the Ensembl Metazoa project (which interprets and organises data from many other invertebrate species: see The initial focus of the work will be to develop a set of reference gene models, but later work will expand to comparative genomics and polymorphism. The successful applicant will work with our partners on the grant, and with the wider research community, to develop resources providing access to the genome and facilitating its use in biological research. The post holder will work alongside other staff members engaged in the VectorBase project (which focused on vectors of human pathogens), and others working more widely on the annotation of non-vertebrate species.


The successful candidate is expected to have a degree in a biological science and, in addition, either a masters degree in bioinformatics, or a Ph.D. in a biological science or bioinformatics; or a degree in a mathematical or computational science. (S)he should have at least two years professional experience working in a bioinformatics domain and, ideally, have experience with next generation sequencing data, or any aspect of genomic science. Experience of working with the Ensembl tool set is desirable but not essential.

The post-holder should be a highly competent Perl programmer and be familiar with relational database management systems. Knowledge of other programming languages (e.g. Java, C) is advantageous.

The ideal applicant will be capable of working closely with colleagues and external collaborators, of presenting their work and ideas clearly at internal and external meetings, of meeting tight production deadlines. (S)he will require a good team ethos, excellent communication skills and strong powers of self-organisation and motivation; and must be enthused by the opportunities available in the biological sciences created by the falling costs of generating genomic information.

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