University of Dundee

Senior Bioinformatics Postdoctoral Research Assistant

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

Bioinformatics Research/Software Development in Protein Sequence Analysis and Structure Prediction

This is an opportunity for a senior bioinformatics researcher/software developer to join the group of Professor Geoff Barton on a BBSRC project currently funded for five years. The Barton Group carries out research into bioinformatics methods and their application. It provides software packages such as Jalview ( which is installed on over 20,000 systems world-wide, and services, including JPred, a protein secondary structure prediction tool which runs up to 90,000 predictions per month for scientists in more than 120 countries.

The successful candidate will further develop JPred and companion tools and databases (Kinomer, TarO), to improve their accuracy and efficiency. The candidate will also establish consistent web service interfaces for them with JABAWS, a new web services environment.  In addition, they will develop novel ways to access them from the Jalview visualisation and sequence analysis workbench.  Further details about research in the Barton Group are available on

Requirements: A Ph.D. and strong programming skills in Java and scripting languages (e.g. Perl and Python) demonstrated by at least three years’ post-doctoral experience of large-scale software development projects ideally in a biological research area. The successful candidate will work alongside software developers and data analysts, so strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team are essential.

Desirable: Experience with developing SOAP and REST webservice clients and servers in Java; deploying software into virtualisation environments such as VMware and the Amazon EC2 Cloud;  creating and handling large datasets;  application of classifiers/machine learning techniques (e.g. ANNs/SVMs) in bioinformatics; knowledge and experience of computational methods for biological sequence analysis.

The Barton Group has excellent high performance computing facilities and support environment for bioinformatics research. It is located in the College of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee, which was ranked among the top life science research institutes in Europe and was also voted Europe’s “Best Place to Work in Academia” in last year’s 9th annual worldwide survey compiled by The Scientist magazine.

In addition to an excellent scientific environment Tayside offers an affordable standard of living in an area of outstanding natural beauty situated beside the sea and the highlands of Scotland. Rainfall charts show this is one of the sunniest and driest places in the U.K.

How 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 LS0223.

The University of Dundee is committed to equal opportunities and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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