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Scientific Computing
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220000IQ Requisition #

Job Title: Bio Informatics Specialist
Salary: £39,748 - £44,166 gross per annum*
Banding: UKRI Band E
Location: Daresbury Laboratory- Warrington OR Rutherford Appleton Laboratory- Didcot
Contract Type: 3 Year Fixed Term Contract
Hours: Full Time/ Part Time (22 hours minimum) (We understand the importance of work-life balance, and are happy to discuss the possibility of flexible working with applicants)

*This role is eligible for up to £2000 Allowance gross per annum

About the Hartree Centre

At the Hartree Centre, we want to see UK businesses outperforming their global competitors. We want to grow the economy, create skilled jobs and train people to excel in them. Most of all, we want to keep the UK at the forefront of industrial innovation. We're making all this happen and more by enabling UK industry to fully embrace and integrate the latest digital and cognitive technologies.

We provide collaborative research, innovation and development services that accelerate the application of high-performance computing (HPC), data analytics and artificial intelligence technologies.  By working with us, businesses and research partners can gain a competitive advantage that enables them to produce better outcomes, products and services more quickly and cheaply than through conventional R&D.

We have a technically exciting computing environment, encompassing a wide range of hardware and software technologies.

Reasons our staff enjoy working for us:

  • We’re based at Sci-Tech Daresbury - a lively and dynamic campus bringing together SMEs and leading industry-academic collaborations located in a picturesque semi-rural location with easy access to canal-side and woodland walking.
  • We are less than two miles from the M56 motorway with public transport links and access to Warrington and Runcorn national rail stations. Advice on all aspects of travel to site including car sharing is available at: https://www.sci-techdaresbury.com/the-campus/travel-hub/.
  • 30 days annual leave plus 10.5 public and privilege days.
  • Options for flexible or hybrid working patterns are available.
  • Defined benefit pension scheme (employer contribution – currently up to 26%).
  • There are different active sport and social groups across campus with access to an on-site gym for staff.
  • Personal development is key. You will work with your line manager to develop your own Learning and Development plan each year.
  • We value collaborative working across STFC and with our external collaborators such as IBM Research, The University of Liverpool’s Virtual Engineering Centre, Atos, NVIDIA, Unilever and many more.
  • Diversity and inclusion are important to us. UKRI has a corporate policy on Equality and Diversity which is supported by a Diversity Forum and implementation group.

For more information on the rest of our employee benefits, take a look at: http://www.stfccareers.co.uk/why-join/rewards-and-benefits/.

About the Role

We have an opportunity for a bioinformatics specialist with significant experience in computational omics and/or systems biology to join the team at the STFC Hartree Centre. The role will focus on leading research and development projects aligned with the Hartree Centre’s strategic areas where we are developing a number of digital capabilities (including data analytics, modelling, and simulation) to address a broad variety industry, economic and societal challenges. Specifically, the successful candidate will be expected to lead the development of new capabilities for (meta-) omics; in the first instance developing a tool for prediction of phenotypes using metagenomic, metabolomics, meta-transcriptomic and clinical data. Curation and integration of (meta-) omics datasets will be core to the role. Other responsibilities may include: 

  • Leading the delivery of high-profile projects with industry and government organisations. Associated with the technical areas defined by the role.  
  • Helping industry partners (a) understand how to analyze and integrate their data using machine learning and AI, (b) integrate hierarchical and multilevel modelling approaches that enable efficient integration of novel AI methods in their workflows.   
  • Leading the delivery of high-profile projects with industry and government organisations. Associated with the technical areas defined by the role.  
  • Attracting new research opportunities and collaborations with external partners including academia and industry.  
  • Conducting research projects, engagement in scientific collaborations, as well as generic bioinformatics and data analysis support.  
  • Project management across a range of project sizes and types, typically involving members from other groups within Hartree (including Research Software Engineering, HPC and Data Science), Industry or Government organisations ensuring co-ordination of resources to  key  deadlines.  
  • Increasing the Hartree Centre team remit through development of new capabilities and areas of expertise applicable to industry, economic and societal challenges.    
  • Leading development of work plans for specific Hartree Centre industry engagement projects.   
  • Leading project and grant applications for funding from national and international competitions.  

Person Specification

We are seeking adaptable individuals who can, and are, interested in applying themselves to multiple areas including: coding and scripting; metagenomics and metatranscriptomics analyses; high-throughput sequencing, proteomics and/or metabolomics data acquisition and analysis; multi-omics data integration; machine learning methods and approaches; mathematical modelling (e.g. MatLab); using compute clusters and pipelines of batch jobs and who may have prior experience with developing parameter sets or force-fields.  

You should have a broad interest in multidisciplinary applications. A high level of drive, enthusiasm and focus on the achievement of goals is anticipated. A desire to work on high paced and highly varied projects is essential.    

(Please note the below criteria will be assessed at Shortlisting or Interview stage as indicated)

Qualifications

Essential

  • A Ph.D. degree (or equivalent experience) in bioinformatics, computational biology or related subjects, preferably with emphasis on functional microbial multi-omic data analysis (S)

Experience 

Essential  

  • Demonstrable experience in scripting such as Python or R or programming such as Perl, Fortran, C++ (along with a background working in a Unix/Linux type environment) (S&I)
  • Experience with large-scale data management and analysis (S)  
  • Experience in applying mathematics & statistical methods to complex challenges e.g. using Python, R or MatLab (S)  
  • Experience working solving business/industry type challenges with data (S&I)  
  • General knowledge of and/or experience with machine learning and AI methods (S&I)  
  • Ability to work at the interface between life sciences and data analysis / informatics (S&I)  
  • Willingness to learn new skills/tools/technologies and programming languages as projects require (S&I)  
  • Excellent communication skills ensuring the effective collaboration with a diverse audience from both a technical and non-technical (S&I)  
  • Good time management and ability to deliver against defined work plans (S&I)  

Desirable

  • Experience with development of machine learning/AI models in a programming language such as Python (Tensorflow, Keras, scikit-learn) (S)
  • Experience of working as a member of project teams, preferably on software or cross-disciplinary projects (S&I)  
  • Experience of data visualization (S&I)  
  • Experience of image processing methods, such as convolutional neural networks (S&I)  
  • Knowledge of good coding and practice, for example version control or test-driven development (S&I)  
  • Advanced skills in a high-level programming language (>2 years of experience) (S)  
  • Excellent influencing and presentation skills and able to proactively listen to capture user requirements (S&I) 
  • Able to travel in the UK and occasionally abroad (S&I)  

About The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) 

As one of Europe’s largest research organisations, we ask the biggest questions in the universe to find answers that change the world around us. We seek understanding. We’re proud of the impact we make. And we’re committed to helping build a globally competitive, knowledge-based UK economy. Being part of all this means contributing to work that pushes boundaries and creates possibilities. You’ll work with, and learn from, true experts. Whatever your role, you’ll be free to question, and encouraged to share ideas. And, in a positive and supportive culture, you’ll discover just what a difference you can make when you’re equipped and inspired to excel.

We’re a place where curious minds thrive. Not bound by profit, we explore ideas that others don’t, ask questions that others won’t, and discover answers that others are not equipped to find. And, alongside Mars landings and black holes, we also explore diverse, international projects in everything from science and engineering to computing and technology. Whether it’s at the cutting edge or behind the scenes, our work is intellectually challenging. It’s very often ground-breaking.  And it’s endlessly, irresistibly fascinating.

For more information about STFC please visit https://stfc.ukri.org/ 

You can also visit our careers site https://www.stfccareers.co.uk/ 

About UK Research Innovation (UKRI) 

UKRI is an organisation that brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England and Innovate UK. Together, we build an independent organisation with a strong voice and vision ensuring the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. 

Supporting some of the world’s most exciting and challenging research projects, we develop and operate some of the most remarkable scientific facilities in the world. We are pushing the frontiers of human knowledge through fundamental research and delivering benefits for UK society and the economy through world-class research, skills and business-led innovation. 

More information can be found at www.ukri.org.  

Choosing to come to work at UKRI means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits from a defined benefit pension scheme, excellent holiday entitlement, access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme.  For more details, visit benefits of working for UKRI.

How we support EDI in the workforce 

At UKRI, we believe that everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect, and to be provided with equal opportunities to thrive and succeed in an environment that enables them to do so. We also value diversity of thought and experience within inclusive groups, organisations and the wider community. For further information, please visit ‘How we support EDI in the workforce’

Disability Confident Employer

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation. 

How to apply 

Online applications only preferred for this role. Please submit a CV and covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation for UKRI and the role. Ensure that the job reference number is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Note that failure to address the above criteria or submit an application without a covering letter may result in the application not being considered. Assessment will only be based upon the content of your submitted covering letter and CV and not the ‘experience’ section of the application. 

UKRI seeks to ensure it creates and maintains a system of openness, fairness and inclusion – a collaborative, trusted environment, which is attractive to and accessible to everyone who is interested in developing their career with us. 

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