Research Fellow, Bioinformatician

Belfast, Northern Ireland
£33,797 per annum
Tuesday, 14 July 2020
End of advertisement period
Thursday, 13 August 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Application closing date: 13/08/2020
Salary: £33,797 per annum
Job category/type: Research

Job description

The primary focus of the role will be to work within an established integrative analytical environment, with efforts to embed biological data, allowing invested users the ability to query information. The analytical environment allows researchers the ability to mine and analyse information remotely and securely with capacity to learn new insights into the data lake created. The candidate will offer support to curate and ingest information to providing feedback and capacity for extended data exploration. 

This post is funded as part of the FastMan PCUK-Movember Prostate Cancer Centre of Excellence (CoE), a joint research programme with the CRUK Manchester Institute. The applicant will additionally be expected to support and contribute to the other ongoing work and publications stemming from this programme. Annual travel to Manchester for joint FastMan meetings is required.

This is a fixed term contract until 31 March 2022

The successful candidate must have:

  • Have obtained or be within 6 months of obtaining a PhD in bioinformatics or related discipline.
  • At least 3 years relevant research experience in a computational field, leading to publications in high-impact factor journals.
  • Experience of working with Linux/UNIX environments
  • Significant experience managing, integrating and analysing different data sources
  • Publication record in a relevant field commensurate to experience
  • Proficiency with a modern high-level programming language
  • Experience creating, querying and maintaining databases, particularly MySQL or PostgreSQL
  • Experience with suitable analysis and plotting languages, particularly R, Python

Established in 2007, The Patrick G Johnston Centre for Cancer Research is a 5,000m2 purpose-built interdisciplinary centre, comprised of scientific teams from Biomedical Science, Clinical Medicine, Chemistry, Mathematics, Engineering and Radiobiology. The centre works collaboratively with partners around the world in order to translate research into innovative cancer treatments that enhance and extend life.

The Patrick G Johnston Centre for Cancer Research is the beating heart of a comprehensive cancer research programme in Belfast, focused on accelerating the delivery of scientific discovery to clinical application.  The Patrick G Johnston Centre for Cancer Research is the research hub of the Belfast ECMC and the Belfast Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC), operating in partnership with the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. Our integrated clinical and scientific programmes address clinically unmet needs.  Our principal objective is to promote evidence-based, innovative clinical trials in order to underpin improved patient outcomes in high incidence solid tumours of Gastro-Intestinal, Prostatic, Breast and Ovarian origin, and in specific Blood Cancers.  Our unifying research theme is to develop translational outputs, in the form of biomarkers and/or novel therapeutic strategies that enable our Centre to be at the forefront of personalised cancer medicine in these prevalent diseases.

Queen’s University Belfast is a driver of innovation based on our talented, multinational workforce. Throughout the University, our academics are collaborating across disciplines to develop new discoveries and insights, working with outside agencies and institutions on projects of international significance. We are connected and networked with strategic partnerships across the world, helping us to expand our impact on wider society locally, nationally and globally. The University is committed to attracting, retaining and developing the best global talent within an environment that enables them to realise their full potential.

We are a leader in gender equality and diversity, and are one of the UK’s most successful universities in the Athena SWAN initiative which promotes gender equality and career progression. The School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences currently hold a prestigious Athena SWAN Silver award. We are ranked 1st in the UK for knowledge transfer partnerships, (Innovate UK) 9th in the UK for University facilities (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018) and 14th in the UK for research quality (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019).

Based in Belfast, a modern capital city, our beautiful campus is surrounded by abundant acres of parkland and is renowned as one of the safest and affordable cities in the UK. The choice of local Schools from pre-nursery upwards are some of the best available, and lovers of the outdoors can enjoy any number of activities from rowing and kayaking to top class golf among many others. We are immensely proud of what our city and our University will offer you.

   For full job details and criteria please see the Candidate Information link on our website by clicking ‘apply’. You must clearly demonstrate how you meet the criteria when you submit your application. For further information please contact Resourcing Team, Queen's University Belfast, BT7 1NN. Telephone (028) 9097 3044 or email resourcing@qub.ac.uk.

The University is committed to equality of opportunity and to selection on merit. We welcome applications from all sections of society and particularly from people with a disability. 

Fixed term contract posts are available for the stated period in the first instance but, in particular circumstances, may be renewed or made permanent, subject to availability of funding.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Sorina Radulescu via email to s.radulescu@qub.ac.uk

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