Location
AL5 2JQ, Herts, UK
Work Area
Science Capabilities
Closing Date
10 Jun 2024
Overview Of Role

Senior Bioinformatics Scientist

Are you an experienced computational biologist driven by the challenge of enhancing crop resilience and productivity? Join us at Rothamsted Research as a Senior Bioinformatics Scientist and contribute to our strategic programme, "Delivering Sustainable Wheat".

This important role utilizes cutting-edge genomic technologies to push the boundaries of what's possible in crop science.

Role Overview

As a Senior Bioinformatics Scientist, you will lead critical data analysis, manage vital datasets, and shape the bioinformatics infrastructure at our institute.

With access to high-performance computing(HPC) and advanced IT facilities, your work will empower researchers globally, fostering breakthroughs in genomics and genetics. You will work alongside a diverse team of bioinformaticians, biologists, and software engineers, driving innovative solutions in crop health and plant science.

Key Responsibilities

Lead the assembly, annotation, and pan-genomic analysis of wheat and various filamentous pathogens to address critical questions in crop health.

Perform sophisticated genome and transcriptome analysis, focusing on the interactions between globally significant fungal pathogens and wheat.

Develop and enhance our bioinformatics infrastructure to support robust and scalable research applications.

Provide expert training and mentorship to junior bioinformaticians, PhD students, and early career scientists, promoting a culture of excellence and collaboration.

Serve as deputy to the Head of Bioinformatics, aiding in strategic planning and team management.

Qualifications and Experience

  • PhD in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Genetics, or a closely related field.
  • Proven expertise in genome assembly, annotation, and pan-genomics, as well as transcriptome analysis of complex experiments.
  • Proficiency in statistical analysis and scripting with strong skills in R, Python, and Bash.
  • A robust publication record in genomics or closely related fields.
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities and experience in grant writing, coupled with excellent communication skills.

What We Offer

  • A dynamic role at the forefront of plant science research within a leading research institution.
  • The opportunity to make substantial contributions to international crop science research.
  • Extensive opportunities for professional growth and collaboration within the UK and international scientific communities.

Additional Information

This is a 3-year appointment initially up to the 31 March 2028, with a salary range of £37890 - £41438 per annum, based on experience. Rothamsted supports flexible working arrangements, including the possibility of regular homeworking.

Apply Now

If you are ready to make a significant impact in plant sciences, please submit your application by 10 June 2024. For further enquiries, please contact Dr Keywan Hassani-Pak (Head of Bioinformatics).


About The Company

Established in 1843, Rothamsted Research is one of the UK's leading Research Institutes delivering world class agricultural science.  Our commitment to learning and development, equality, diversity and inclusion and flexibility in working arrangements creates a positive work life balance and enables a welcoming environment for all prospective employees. 

As a Disability Confident Employer we are committed to making reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process and all disabled candidates (as defined by the Equality Act 2010) who satisfy the minimum criteria for the role will be guaranteed an interview.   If this is required, please contact us.  Applications from candidates irrespective of their background, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion or age are welcomed, providing the required criteria is met. 

We have an attractive benefits package including 30 days annual leave, a generous pension scheme, Employee Assistance Programme and an attractive campus offering cultural and recreational activities. 

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