Research Associate - Read Until Nanopore

University of Nottingham
Job Location
United Kingdom
£25,769 to £31,656 per annum, depending on skills and experience (minimum £28982 with relevant PhD).
Job Description

Applications are invited to the above role to focus on the development of read until applications and algorithms for the Oxford Nanopore range of sequencing platforms. 

‘Read Until’ is an application for the Oxford Nanopore MinION which allows selective sequencing of individual molecules of DNA within the sequencer itself. We are the first to show this technology works (Loose et al, Nature Methods 2016) and have applied read until to a number of small scale applications. The technology itself has been described as transformative and enables a wide variety of experiements and approaches that have never been possible before.

This role is focussed on the development of read until applications and algorithms for the Oxford Nanopore range of sequencing platforms. Tools and pipelines will be built in to minoTour, a data analysis platform for Oxford Nanopore minION sequencing reads, as well as made available as stand alone applications. The project will encompass diverse applications across a broad range of biological applications. The role holder will be expected to develop both existing research objectives and novel applications. The ideal candidate would have experience of NGS analysis pipelines and handling of ‘big data’ with an emphasis on real-time processing and analysis.
The person appointed will have the opportunity to use their initiative and creativity to identify areas for research, develop research methods and extend their research portfolio.

The post is based at the University of Nottingham and the project is in collaboration with Ewan Birney and Guy Cochrane at the EBI, Cambridge. Some travel to Cambridge is to be expected.


Candidates must hold a PhD or be near to completion of, a PhD or studying towards a PhD or equivalent (awarded or pending) in Bioinformatics/ Informatics/Computer Science. Alternatively MSc qualifications in Bioinformatics or similar disciplines will be considered.

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