Research Assistant, MiRBase MicroRNA Database

Manchester, United Kingdom
£27,025 Per annum
16 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Oct 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Closing Date : 15/10/2018
Salary : £27,025 Per annum
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Biology, Medicine & Health
Division : Evolution & Genomic Sciences
Hours Per week : Full Time
Contract Duration : Starting 1 October 2018 until 31 March 2020

The miRBase database of microRNA sequences and annotation ( is the primary online repository for all microRNA data, and is used extensively by thousands of scientists around the world. We seek an enthusiastic, highly-motivated, and computationally-adept biologist to join a small team of curators and developers who run the miRBase database at the University of Manchester.

You will contribute to the biocuration of microRNA sequences and annotation in miRBase, and develop methods to extract and analyse microRNA functional information from other online resources and the scientific literature. You will use state-of-the-art tools to annotate microRNAs and analyse their expression from RNAseq datasets, and write scripts and tools to facilitate curation and data analysis. You will be expected to collaborate and assist other researchers in the Faculty and beyond with microRNA data analysis problems.

You should have (or expect to hold shortly) a degree and/or Masters qualification (or equivalent) in a biological science or bioinfomatics, and a strong interest in computational biology, microRNAs, and biocuration. You will have experience of biological data analysis, an understanding of how to use bioinformatics to solve biological problems, and experience of programming in Python, Perl, R or other high level language. Excellent communication skills are essential.

The School is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:


Tel: 0161 2755673

Technical support:


Tel: 0161 850 2004

General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date

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