Bioinformatician - Hinxton near Cambridge, UK

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EBI - Hinxton (UK)
Competitive Salary
Sep 27, 2016
Oct 25, 2016
Result Type
Position Type
Full Time


Location: EMBL-EBI - Hinxton near Cambridge Staff Category: Staff Member Contract Duration: 3 years Grading: 5 (monthly salary starting at £2,507 after tax). For more information about pay and benefits click here Closing Date: 25 October 2016 Reference Number: EBI_00814

Job Description

We are looking for a talented bioinformatician to join the Express Atlas team. You will be involved in data production, writing pipelines and running large-scale biological data analyses.

The primary responsibilities will be designing and maintaining the data analysis and production pipelines in Perl and R on Unix-based systems and analysing large-scale gene expression datasets, RNA-seq and microarrays.

Strong technical, interpersonal and communication skills are key to this position. The Expression Atlas team is interdisciplinary, consisting of user interface developers, scientists and bioinformaticians. The successful candidate will be expected to work closely with other Atlas team members, as well as project stakeholders and other interdisciplinary teams across the EBI. We place high value on self-motivation and drive for quality.

The post holder will report to the Gene Expression Team Leader.

At EMBL-EBI, we help scientists realise the potential of ‘big data’ in biology by enabling them to exploit complex information to make discoveries that benefit mankind. Working for EMBL-EBI gives you an opportunity to apply your skills and energy for the greater good. As part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), we are a non-profit, intergovernmental organisation funded by 22 member states and two associate member states and proud to be an equal-opportunity employer. We are located on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK, and our 600 staff are engineers, technicians, scientists and other professionals from all over the world.

Qualifications and Experience

Applicants should hold an MSc or higher qualification in Bioinformatics and proven postgraduate experience.

Essential skills for this post are:

  • Bioinformatics pipeline development in a Unix-based environment and working in a high performance computing cluster environment

  • Object orientated Perl

  • Working with relational databases.

Desirable :

  • R programming skills (including Bioconductor) and gene expression data analysis (NGS and microarrays)
  • Experience in working in a continuous deployment environment with source control and managed releases.

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with good communication and interpersonal skills. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter who is team-oriented and who can manage their own time to meet the needs of the project. The key attributes sought are the ability to work in a team, excellent attention to detail, solid problem solving skills, and the desire to learn and improve.


EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation. The remuneration package comprises a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme and health insurance, educational and other family related benefits where applicable, as well as financial support for relocation and installation.

We have an informal culture, international working environment and excellent professional development opportunities but one of the really amazing things about us is the concentration of technical and scientific expertise – something you probably won’t find anywhere else.

If you’ve ever visited the campus you’ll have experienced first-hand our friendly, collegial and supportive atmosphere, set in the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside. Our staff also enjoy excellent sports facilities including a gym, a free shuttle bus, an on-site nursery, cafés and restaurant and a library.


To apply please submit a covering letter and CV, with two referees, through our online system.

Additional Information

Applications are welcome from all nationalities - visa information will be discussed in more depth with applicants selected for interview.

EMBL-EBI is committed to achieving gender balance and strongly encourages applications from women, who are currently under-represented at all levels. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

The initial contract is for a period of three years with the possibility of a fixed-term extension.

Applications will close at 23:00 BST on the date listed above.