Senior Bioinformatician / Developer - Analysis Pipelines

Salary range:

£40,785 - £49,750

Post No.


Contract length:

30 months (37 hours per week)


Analysis Pipelines

Opening date:

21 April 2021

Closing date:

19 May 2020

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Applications are invited for a Senior Bioinformatician / Developer to join the Laboratory of Dr David Swarbreck in the Digital Biology Programme at the Earlham Institute, based in Norwich, UK.


The Core Bioinformatics Group employ cutting edge technologies and computational approaches to deliver high-quality data analysis and develop software and analysis pipelines that support the Institute’s Core Research Programmes and UK Research community via the National Capability in Genomics and Single Cell Analysis (NCGS).

The role:

The successful candidate will be responsible for designing, implementing and maintaining production-quality, high-throughput computational pipelines that assure timely and accurate processing of sequencing data from EI’s numerous and varied sequencing platforms. Typically, this will involve developing flexible and robust pipelines that increase throughput and consistency, provide transparency of the process through logging and auditing, make efficient use of EI’s HPC resources and maximize interoperability. The role will work with Bioinformatics Scientists, Analysts and other specialists to implement and augment data analysis software and pipelines according to requirements and specifications and support members of the group in developing new software.

As part of the Core Bioinformatics Group you will:

• Build scalable, tested and validated informatics pipelines automating analysis of sequence data for a diverse range of applications.

• Design and develop specialised sequencing QC pipelines for different sequencing platforms and applications, run analysis and assess QC metrics in conjunction with our sequencing teams.

• Run analysis workflows on a range of data types in conjunction with internal faculty and external collaborators/customers.

• Developing scripts and plugins for existing software.

• Define guidelines and generate documentation to support analysis workflows.

• Collaborate with UK and international partners.

• Work independently and collaboratively on multiple projects in parallel.

The ideal candidate:

The successful candidate will possess a PhD or equivalent experience in computational biology, bioinformatics or computer science and have a high level of skill of Python and additional knowledge in Java or C++, demonstrable experience of developing production-quality software (preferably working as part of a team responsible for pipeline delivery) and familiarity of developing applications to run in a high-performance computing environment. Extensive and broad experience in the computational analysis of NGS datasets as well as good project management and interpersonal skills are required.

Additional information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £40,785 to £49,750 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This is a full-time post for a contract of 30 months.

As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy.

The closing date for applications will be 19 May 2021.