Postdoctoral Fellow - CRUK Grand Challenge: Mutographs of Cance

England, Cambridgeshire
$38551.48 - $48325.96 per annum + excellent benefits
March 13 2017
The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
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Salary £31,115 to £39,004 plus excellent benefits.Three years fixed term.

A postdoctoral position is available at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (WTSI) under the leadership of Professor Sir Mike Stratton as part of the CRUK Grand Challenge, Mutographs of Cancer Project. This is an exciting opportunity for the successful candidate to unravel the mutational signatures that will hopefully explain the major global differences in cancer incidence, to understand the biological mechanisms underlying cancer-causing mutational processes and to explore their application towards surveillance of mutagenic exposures in human populations.

The successful applicant will hold a PhD and will have gained significant experience and expertise in single cell data analysis of normal cell populations and in the large-scale analyses of next-generation sequencing data to extract mutational signatures and interpreting the results. They will also have experience in a range of molecular biology techniques. They will be part of a multidisciplinary team and will be tasked with proactively seeking and maintaining appropriate collaborations. Successful candidates will also be expected to drive forward the project, working closely with the Project Manager and other relevant team members to accomplish scientific objectives.

Please note that there is a start date of the 1st May 2017 for this position

Essential Skills

  • A PhD in Genomics, Genetics, Biology (or similar), and a passion for problem solving
  • Strong post-doctoral experience in a research environment
  • Experience in a range of molecular biology techniques
  • Experience in next generation sequencing and the analysis of sequencing data
  • The ability to effectively communicate with collaborators and occasionally present oral communication to large groups
  • Proven independent working style, technical problem solving, data analysis and generation of novel ideas

Ideal Skills

  • An understanding, experience and published outcomes from analysing and interpreting large datasets using at least one statistical package (e.g. R/SPLUS, SAS) and experience in programming (e.g. Perl, Python, C++, Java)
  • Training in statistical methods appropriate for biological research
  • Experience in genomics approaches and in method development

Other information

The Sanger Institute is a charitably funded research centre focused on understanding the role of genetics in health and disease.

The Institute is located near Cambridge, UK on the stunning Wellcome Genome Campus. This growing and dynamic site is the British hub of genomic science. It hosts the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), Open Targets, a Biodata Innovation Centre and will soon host Genomics England Limited's 100,000 Genomes Sequencing Centre. The Campus is also home to Wellcome Genome Campus Connecting Science. Connecting Science inspires new thinking, sparks conversation and supports learning by drawing on the ground-breaking research taking place on the Campus. Its mission is to enable everyone to explore genomic science and its impact on research, health and society.

To help researchers to develop their skills and networks, the Institute hosts a range of scientific seminars with internal and invited speakers, scientific group meetings and skills development workshops.

Our Benefits include: Defined Contribution Pension Scheme, Group Income Protection, Healthcare scheme, Childcare Vouchers, Workplace Nursery and 25 days Annual Leave, increasing by one day per year up to a maximum of 30, plus Bank Holidays. We also have a gym, two cafes, dining facilities, and a free campus bus service. Our thriving Sports and Social Club provides many opportunities to meet with people working across the campus.

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute welcomes applications from all candidates irrespective of age, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief, or marital or civil partnership status.

Please include a covering letter and CV with your application.

Closing date for applications: 10th April 2017