Research Assistant / Associate in Bioinformatics
Imperial College London Department of Life Sciences
United Kingdom

 

Job summary

We are seeking to recruit a Research Assistant/Associate in the field of bioinformatics to work in a world-leading research group at the intersection of molecular biology and insect vector control. You will join the laboratory of Professor Andrea Crisanti based at the South Kensington Campus.  Our research is based on cutting-edge molecular biology and genetics to understand and ultimately control the mosquito vectors of malaria. Our current...

Job listing information

  • Reference NAT00681
  • Date posted 11 March 2020
  • Closing date 9 April 2020

Key information about the role

  • Location South Kensington Campus (map)
  • Position type Full time, fixed term
  • Salary £35,477 – £47,579 plus benefits
  • Department Department of Life Sciences
  • Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

We are seeking to recruit a Research Assistant/Associate in the field of bioinformatics to work in a world-leading research group at the intersection of molecular biology and insect vector control.

You will join the laboratory of Professor Andrea Crisanti based at the South Kensington Campus.  Our research is based on cutting-edge molecular biology and genetics to understand and ultimately control the mosquito vectors of malaria.

Our current focus is on the development of vector control strategies that are mainly based on gene drive systems. The projects typically involve generation of transgenic mosquito strains, genetic and phenotypic assays, mathematical modelling and multigenerational experiments to assess the effect and efficiency of the technology on caged populations.

Duties and responsibilities

As the dedicated bioinformatician for the group you will provide bioinformatics assistance to researchers wishing to analyse Next-generation sequencing (NGS) data (e.g. RNA-Seq, scRNA-Seq, amplicon sequencing) from experiments with laboratory-reared mosquitoes and population genetics (e.g. individual genome re-sequencing) data.

Based on input from researchers of the group, you will be able to execute modelling and data analyses. A key element of the role will be in helping to plan experiments in collaboration with wet lab researchers in order to ensure there is sufficient scientific power to answer the question at hand. A fundamental skill the applicant must possess is the ability to communicate their workflow and a breakdown of their analysis to a wide range of biologists that may not have a large amount of bioinformatics experience.

Essential requirements

You must hold an MSc (or equivalent) in an appropriate biological science or computational discipline with a strong focus on bioinformatics, computational biology and genomics.

At Research Associate level, you must hold a PhD (or equivalent) in the listed areas.

In addition, you must meet the following essential criteria:

  • Experience with next-generation sequencing analysis
  • Strong programming skills (preferably R and/or Python) and high working proficiency in a Unix/Linux environment
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Be able to develop and apply new concepts and have a creative approach to problem-solving
  • Have the passion and drive to tackle and overcome scientific problems

Knowledge and experience in the following areas is highly desirable:

  • Knowledge of molecular biology, genomics, transcriptomics
  • Previous work experience in the field of insect biology is preferred
  • Experience with high-performance computing (HPC)

Further information

This is a full time, fixed-term position available up to 31 January 2022.

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477- £38,566 per annum

For informal enquiries please contact Professor Andrea Crisanti (via l.collyns@imperial.ac.uk) or Dr Federica Bernardini (via f.bernardini11@imperial.ac.uk)

For technical issues when applying online please email recruitment@imperial.ac.uk


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