Research Associates (Bioinformatics)

Cardiff University
Job Location
CF24 0DE
United Kingdom
£31,342 - £37,394 per annum (Grade 6)
Job Description

Two highly motivated and enthusiastic full-time bioinformaticians are sought to handle and analyse Next Generation Sequence (NGS) data to support biomedical research in Wales. 

You will join an established team of bioinformaticians and laboratory staff within the Genomics Facility of Wales Gene Park, a NISCHR-funded facility based within the School of Medicine, Cardiff University.  Established 2002, Wales Gene Park supports medical genetics and genomics research throughout Wales.  Through our close collaboration with the All Wales Genetic Laboratory, our Genomics Facility deploys Illumina HiSeq, MiSeq, and Life Technologies Ion Torrent technologies to genomic data to support a diversity of clinically-orientated biomedical research in human cancers and medical genetics.

Alongside our existing team, and making use of our dedicated high performance computing infrastructure, you will provide bioinformatics support to handle, manipulate and analyse NGS data generated by the facility and external providers. You will provide specialist advice and experimental design expertise to colleagues looking to exploit exome-seq, RNA-seq, ChIP-seq, whole genome re-sequencing amongst other standard workflows as well as novel designs.  You will also contribute to our various training programmes. 

You will have a postgraduate degree in a relevant discipline and either have previous experience of bioinformatics or are newly qualified and wish to gain direct knowledge and experience of NGS technologies and analysis.  You will be working closely with an established team of bioinformaticians so previous experience of handling Next Generation Sequencing data, whilst desirable, is not essential. 

What is essential is that you have proven experience in writing software code in Perl, Python, Java, C/C++, or similar computer language, have good communication skills, are self motivated, and are willing and able to work accurately to a tight deadline. You will be expected to work within a Unix command line environment utilising standard pre-existing software packages and pipelines as well as your own bespoke software solutions. A background in biological sciences, whilst welcome, is not essential.

Informal enquires should be addressed to Dr Kevin Ashelford (

Both positions are full-time (35 hours) and fixed-term until 31st March 2018.

How to Apply

Please visit Cardiff University at and search for vacancy 3212BR

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