University of Dundee

Life Sciences Research Data Analyst/Bioinformatician

School of Research
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Closing Date: 
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Grade 8 (£37,012 - £44,166)

This appointment will join existing staff in the Data Analysis Group (DAG) in the College of Life Sciences, headed by Professor of Bioinformatics, Geoff Barton. The DAG was established in Jan 2009 and has a successful track record of research at the interface between computing, statistics, mathematics and biology. Projects normally involve deep analysis of data and the development of computational methods in close collaboration with experimentalists and have spanned a wide range of biological areas and computational/mathematical techniques.

Requirements for the job:

A Ph.D. that included a substantial computational data analysis and programming component, followed by a minimum of 3-years’ postdoctoral experience of computational methods applied in a scientific research environment. Specific required skills: strong demonstrated programming ability in at least one scripting language (e.g. Perl/Python) in a Unix/Linux environment; knowledge and experience of statistical techniques (e.g. error analysis) and their practical application; strong ability to adapt to new ideas and learn new techniques as required for the job. Desirable skills include: Knowledge of biological concepts, database methods, and standard bioinformatics tools, libraries and techniques;  familiarity with one or more data analysis packages (e.g. R); database programming; web application development.  

We encourage applications by individuals with strong programming and data analysis skills from research fields outside biology (e.g. Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics) who would enjoy the challenge of applying their expertise to biological problems. For appointment on the lower grade we require a Ph.D. which included a substantial data analysis and programming component.

Strong interpersonal and communication skills are essential as is the ability to work as part of a team. You will have the ability to discuss research projects from a wide range of biological research fields and gain sufficient understanding of the topic to be able to apply your computational and data analysis skills to the problem, or to advise on the best way forward.

Additional information:

The position is available for 3 years.

An appointment may be considered at Grade 7 (£29,249 - £35,938) if the selected candidate's skill set and experience does not meet that required for the post at Grade 8 (£37,012 - £44,166).

Informal enquiries may be made to Prof. Geoff. Barton - to apply:

To apply on-line please visit:  If you are unable to apply on-line please contact Human Resources on (01382) 386209 (answering machine) for an application pack.  Please quote reference number LS0222.

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