Job: Computational Bioinformatician – GAM – 451

Title Computational Bioinformatician – GAM – 451
Salary MRC – Band 4 from £27,629- £32,975
Start Date Thursday, February 9, 2017
End Date Friday, March 3, 2017
Location The Gambia
Job Information

The post holder will be responsible for providing a consultancy and analysis service across a range of quantitative bio-informatics applications for all themes.

The post holder will be responsible for accomplishing the following:

  • Carrying out bioinformatics analyses of large data sets from human, vector and pathogen population genetics studies.
  • Data management of large genetic data sets.
  • Developing applications that apply state of the art algorithms to relevant data sets.
  • Contribute to grant writing, experimental design, power and sample size calculations.
  • Create publication quality data visualizations.
  • Oversee the establishment of a high performance computing centre.
  • To ensure that all safety precautions recommended by the SOP are in place; reporting any safety incidents to the Line Manager and Head of Health & Safety.
  • To undertake further training commensurate with the needs of the post.
  • To perform any other duties consistent with the remit of the post.

This is a core-funded position within the Statistic and Bioinformatics department. The incumbent will also be expected to take a lead in the establishment of a high performance computing centre.


  • MSc/PhD in bioinformatics/computational biology with strong quantitative background (mathematics Mathematics or physical Physical sciencesSciences)
  • Knowledge of statistical methods
  • Experience of algorithm development
  • Teaching experience and interest
  • Advanced data management skills and experience of big data
  • Expert coding skills in one or more of the following: R, Matlab, Perl, Python, Java, JavaScript
  • Ability to program in low level languages such as C based languages or Fortran
  • Extensive experience in working with bioinformatics tools/pipelines
  • Knowledge of ‘omics methodology and data


  • Knowledge of human and pathogen genetics
  • Multivariate clustering algorithms
  • Classification and machine learning
  • Experience in using a high performance cluster
  • Distributed computing
  • Parallel processing methods
  • Grant writing

The post-holder will report to Dr David Jeffries,Head of Statistics and Bioinformatics.

The Unit Director is Professor Umberto D’Alessandro.

The Director of Operations is Mr Joan Vives Tomas.

The appointment is for 3 years and is subject to a probationary period of 6 months.

As well as the unique personal and professional opportunities this role presents, you will be rewarded with generous overseas allowances, accommodation provision, annual flights home, educational and relocation support and other benefits including excellent holiday entitlement and a final salary pension.

The MRC is a great place to work and progress your career, be it in scientific research or the support functions.
The MRC is a unique working environment where our researchers are rewarded by world class innovation and collaboration opportunities that the MRC name brings. The MRC is an excellent place to develop yourself further and a range of training & development opportunities will be available to you, including professional registration with the Science Council.

Choosing to come to work at the MRC means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits from a final salary pension scheme and excellent holiday entitlement to access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme and childcare vouchers, as well as the chance to put the MRC on your CV in the future.


Our success is dependent upon our ability to embrace diversity and draw on the skills, understanding and experience of all our people. We welcome applications from all sections of the community irrespective of gender, race, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, disability or age. As “Disability Confident” employers, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.


Final appointments will be subject to pre-employment screening.

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