We are seeking a talented Bioinformatician to work on the assembly and annotation of insect genomes. You will join the Non-vertebrate Genomics team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), located on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK.
Biting midges of the genus Culicoides are important vectors of animal diseases. The whitefly Bemisia tabaci is the vector of a variety of important crop diseases, including viral diseases of cassava. We have funding from the United Kingdom Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, and by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to work on both of these important insects. Our role in both these projects involves genome annotation, assembly, and comparative analysis, in the context of international collaborative efforts to understand the biology and enable the control of the diseases they spread. This work will be embedded within the wider efforts of the Ensembl Metazoa project, in which we organise and disseminate genome-scale data from invertebrate species to enable and accelerate scientific research as part of the wider service mission of the EBI.
We are looking to hire a creative and experienced Bioinformatician to drive these projects forward. The successful candidate will be interested in insect biology, and enthusiastic about collaborating with our partners to use the emerging data to research the serious pathologies caused by the viruses these insects transmit. They will also be interested in the development of the Ensembl platform at all levels (from specification through to implementation) to maximise the impact of these new genomic data on the relevant research communities.