Research Scientist/Statistician

European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI)
Job Location: 
Wellcome Trust Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK
Job Description: 

We are seeking to employ an enthusiastic Research Scientist/Statistician to join the Statistical Genomics and Systems Genetics Group at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) located on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus in the UK.

The goal of the research group is to devise computational and statistical approaches to unravel the interplay of genotype, cellular factors and external influences and their implications for phenotype. Our research is hypothesis-driven and tailored towards answering pertinent biological questions from high-throughput omics datasets.

We combine statistics with mechanistic modeling concepts to tie together genetic variation data, molecular profiling information and organismal phenotypes. Current research directions include the development of methodology for genome-wide association studies, methods to dissect the genetic architecture of molecular traits and causal modeling to predict functional targets for molecular intervention. These methodological research aims are embedded in close collaborations with experimental partners, providing ample opportunities for applications in model systems, plant genomics and human genetics.

The successful candidate will play a pivotal role in the development and the application of novel analysis approaches developed in the group. Candidates with a primary research interest in both methodology or applied computational genomics are welcome to apply. An active engagement in collaborations with experimental partners is desirable.

EMBL-EBI is part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and is located on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK. We are a world-leading bioinformatics centre providing biological data to the scientific community with expertise in data storage, analysis and representation. We provide a dynamic, international working environment and has close ties with both the University of Cambridge and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. EMBL-EBI staff enjoy many benefits including excellent sports facilities, a free shuttle bus to Cambridge and other nearby centres, an active sports and social club and an attractive working environment set in 55 acres of parkland.


The successful applicant will hold a doctoral degree or equivalent qualification in computer science, statistics, mathematics, physics, and/or engineering, or a degree in biological science with demonstrated experience in computational and statistical work.

Previous experience in developing computational methods and implementing them in software in a scientific context is expected. Expertise in analysis and integration of multiomics data, statistical interpretation and analysis of next-generation sequencing datasets is very beneficial, as is communicating results in scientific conferences and papers.

We especially seek candidates with prior experience in statistical aspects of genomics, including gene expression data analysis, GWAS and analysis of NGS data. A good foundation in, and previous usage of methods in any of the following fields is advantageous: statistics, machine learning, optimization and dynamical systems. A background in biology, or previous experience tackling biological questions is beneficial but not necessary.

Proficiency with a high-level programming language (e.g., C++, Java) and/or appropriate scripting languages, and statistical data analysis tools such as R, MATLAB or Python is required.

The ideal applicant should have demonstrated the ability to work independently and creatively. (S)he should have excellent communications skills and be able to articulate clearly the scientific and technical needs, set clear goals and work within an interdisciplinary setting, communicating with wet-lab and computational partners.

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About Our Organization: 

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation.

Please note that appointments on fixed term contracts can be renewed, depending on circumstances at the time of the review.

Note that special visa requirements apply to employees of non EU countries working at EMBL-EBI in the UK. The period of work does not qualify them for the Highly Skilled Migrants Programme.