Research Associate (Bioinformatics)

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Closing date: 16th December


Research Associate (Bioinformatics)

Cardiff University – Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences

Cardiff University has an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and experienced computational biologist to join Professor Caleb Webber’s research group within the UK Dementia Research Institute at Cardiff University. The Webber group is expert in informatics and single cell analyses. The post holder will play a leading role in constructing cellular atlases of a range of human brain tissues using large sets of single cell data newly generated for this project. Through bioinformatics, functional genomics and statistical genetics approaches, the post holder will identify cell type-specific gene networks that intersect with a range of human genetic risks. This is a collaboration between Cardiff University, Oxford University and industry to deliver the next generation of CNS therapeutic targets.

The post holder will work independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team, to perform self-directed analyses using novel and publicly available datasets delivering high impact, peer-reviewed publications. Applicants should be knowledgeable and enthusiastic with the ability to multi-task and communicate effectively. This academic/industrial partnership means collaborative working will be a key component of this role and effective communication skills will be vital.

The successful applicant will have proven expertise large-scale data analyses and manipulation, ideally single cell data analyses. Expert knowledge of data manipulation in a UNIX/Linux environment and proficiency in high level programming languages such as Perl, Python, or R Statistics is essential along with a good biological knowledge of neurodegenerative disease.

The position is based in the UK Dementia Research Institute at Cardiff University, which is one of six Dementia Research Institute UK centres. The UK DRI is a well-funded institute focused on elucidating and targeting the pathways and mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative disease, offering an exciting research environment closely aligned with established expertise in the MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics.

This post is full time (35 hours per week), fixed term for 2 years and is available immediately.

Salary: £34,304 – £40,927 per annum (Grade 6).

Closing Date: Thursday, 16 December 2021

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