Bioinformatics Algorithms – Project Leader

The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC)
Job Location: 
Norwich, UK
£33,750 - £45,000
Job Description: 

To develop and lead a research team in charge of the implementation of novel algorithms (within Bioinformatics Institute Strategic Programme Grant).

To manage the strategic development of novel algorithms with emphasis on the processing of large genomics datasets.

To promote and provide best practice guidelines for “big data” processing.

To engage with other sequencing and bioinformatics groups in the UK and internationally working on algorithm design.


Experience in bioinformatics tools.

Experience of working in a rapidly changing technological environment.

Excellent communications skills.

To be able to communicate clearly with TGAC staff at all levels.

Knowledge of methods of analysis of biological sequence data especially next-generation sequence data.

Proficient in programming languages such as Perl, Java or C, and bioinformatics software libraries such as Bioperl or similar.

PhD in a relevant discipline, e.g. computer science, bioinformatics.

Experience assembling next generation sequencing date for complex genomes

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About Our Organization: 

The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) is a vibrant, contemporary research institute and registered charity, working in an area of rapid technological development and innovation.

TGAC is strategically funded by the BBSRC to lead the development of a skill base in bioinformatics and a genomics technology platform for UK bioscience. The Institute is located on the Norwich Research Park, together with its partners: the John Innes Centre, the Institute of Food Research, The Sainsbury Laboratory, the University of East Anglia and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. The research park has an excellent reputation for research in plant and microbial sciences, interdisciplinary environmental science and food, diet and health, to which TGAC contributes strengths in genomics and bioinformatics. Close links exist between the NRP partners and new opportunities for collaboration in exciting new initiatives are under development. The NRP recently received £26M of government investment to facilitate innovation and further develop infrastructure to attract science and technology companies to the Park to enhance the vibrant environment and realise economic impact from research investment.

TGAC is a UK hub for innovative Bioinformatics through research, analysis and interpretation of multiple, complex data sets. It hosts one of the largest computing hardware facilities dedicated to life science research in Europe. This has been boosted recently by an e-Infrastructure grant to expand the data storage capacity to a multi-petabyte unit, deploying a high performance cluster and large-memory server enabling the allocation of processes requiring several terabytes of computing memory.

TGAC’s state of the art DNA sequencing facility operates multiple complementary technologies for data generation that provide the foundation for analyses furthering our fundamental understanding of genomes and how they function. We aim to be at the forefront of technological advances and are developing and implementing technologies to generate and analyse new types of data. We also develop novel platforms to provide access to computational tools and processing capacity for multiple academic and industrial users and promoting applications of computational bioscience. TGAC has one fully owned subsidiary, Genome Enterprise Ltd (GEL) via which it offers genomic and bioinformatics services on a trading basis and works with commercial providers on a partnership basis. TGAC also receives specific funding to enable knowledge exchange programmes which are supported across the institute teams.