Computer Biologist - Plant and Animal Genomes

The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC)
Job Location: 
Norwich, UK
£26,600 - £27,800
Job Description: 

The aim of this computer biologist role in the Genome Analysis Team is to work within the Plant and Animal genomes group to design and implement strategies for high-quality annotation of eukaryotic genomes. The jobholder will have a postgraduate degree in life sciences and experience analysing next generation sequence data. The analysis of Plant and Animal genomes is a key TGAC strategic area with importance for bioenergy, crop productivity and animal health research. The goal is to establish data analysis workflows and assist in the development of software to support gene finding, gene model curation, and functional annotation of predicted genes. Next generation sequencing is now being utilized for a wide variety of applications including genome sequencing, transcriptomics and epigenetics. A key goal for the jobholder will be in analysing and interpreting this diverse array of sequence data in conjunction with TGAC collaborators.

The role will focus on high-quality and detailed analysis of plant and animal genomes this will require a commitment to quality and a high attention to detail as the selected applicant will be responsible for assessing gene models, summarizing data analysis results, preparing files for submission to public databases and preparing manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals.


The candidate will have a PhD in molecular biology, genetics or computational biology and be familiar with tools for annotation and analysis of expression and epigenetics data. Knowledge of SQL, scripting languages (e.g. Perl) and statistical methods would be beneficial. The successful candidate will be proactive with the ability to make autonomous decisions, have good interpersonal skills and work well as part of a team. They will have excellent communication skills with a commitment to quality and attention to detail.

About Our Organization: 

The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) is a new national centre for Genomics and Bioinformatics funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) in conjunction with the East of England Development Agency (EEDA) and Norfolk Local Authorities. Focusing on genomics analyses of plants, microbes and animals, the work of the Centre will underpin advances in plant and crop science, animal health and welfare and microbial science applications through genomics-based biology in academic and commercial sectors. The centre is organised in three groups: Genomics, Bioinformatics and Business Development, with administrative support provided by an operations centre shared with The John Innes Centre and The Institute of Food Research on the Norwich Research Park. The three groups work together closely to deliver the Centre’s scientific programme; its commercial partnerships and service provision are delivered through Genome Enterprise Limited, the Centre’s wholly owned trading company