Research Fellow (Bioinformatics) – Centre for Computational Biology – 81362 – Grade 7

 – (210000FP)Position Details

Centre for Computational Biology, Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,942 to £40,322, with potential progression once in post to £42,792.

Grade 7

Full Time / Fixed Term Contract to 31 October 2022

Closing date 22 April 2021


Main Duties/Responsibilities 

The responsibilities may include some but not all of the responsibilities outlines below. 

  • Conducting analysis on the data provided in liaison with the relevant experts 
  • Integrative Analysis of the multiple datasets in pairs or more when possible 
  • Identify, and when necessary develop, the appropriate methods to perform an holistic analysis of the data provided 
  • Select, deploy and apply mathematical, statistical and bioinformatics tools for individual and integrative analysis 
  • Interact with partner researchers and analysts to optimise quality control and analysis relevant to the specific platform 
  • Communicate research results through conference presentations, scientific publications or project reports 
  • Compile data for use in activities such as gene expression, profiling, genome annotation and structural bioinformatics 
  • Participate to the supervision and training of technicians and information technology staff applying bioinformatics tools or applications in areas such as proteomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics and clinical bioinformatics 
  • Keep abreast of new methods, instrumentation, or software by reading scientific literature and attending professional conferences 
  • To aid in the development of bioinformatics tools, pipelines and processes to acceptable standards of quality and accuracy suitable for the analysis and interpretation of NGS data for a broad range of clinical diagnostic and research applications 


  • Analyse and interpret data 
  • Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding 
  • Contribute to writing bids for research funding 
  • Disseminate research findings for publication, research seminars etc 
  • Supervise students on research related work and provide guidance to PhD students where appropriate to the discipline 
  • Contribute to developing new models, techniques and methods 
  • Undertake management/administration arising from research 
  • Contribute to Departmental/School research-related activities and research- related administration 
  • Contribute to enterprise, business development and/or public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and the University, often under supervision of a project leader 
  • Present research outputs, including drafting academic publications or parts thereof, for example at seminars and as posters 
  • Provide guidance, as required, to support staff and any students who may be assisting with the research 
  • Deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines 
  • Promote equality and diversity values, acting as a role model and fostering an inclusive working culture. 

Person Specification

The candidate should have a PhD (or have within 12 months of appointment), or equivalent experience in Bioinformatics, Mathematics, Statistics or Computer Sciences. You’ll need a relevant degree, at a minimum of a 2:1 classification or equivalent. Degree should have links with bioinformatics and science e.g. biological, biomedical, natural sciences, mathematics and computer science. 

  • Proven experience with data integration and bioinformatics analyses 
  • Knowledge of advanced machine learning methods such as iterative Random Forest, Topological Data Analysis.  
  • Ability to: 
    • To demonstrate an understanding of both science and mathematics in a research setting. 
    • Innovate and develop ideas into grant proposals 
    • To learn and keep abreast of latest technological, methodological and software developments
    • Ability to write concise and timely scientific papers and reports 
  • Must be able to plan and prioritise work effectively to meet deadlines 
  • Knowledge of bioinformatics resources such as annotation tools and databases
  • Understanding of theoretical underpinnings of sequence alignment algorithms in use for next generation sequencing (NGS) data such as DNASeq, RNASeq or related
  • Good presentation skills and talent for technology and knowledge transfer 
  • Staff and/or project management experience 
  • Aptitude for international collaboration 
  • Ability to interact with external partners and explain complex ideas to non- scientists in an understandable way 
  • Ability to work in a heterogeneous environment of Clinicians, Biologist, Bioinformaticians, Computer Scientists
  • Proficiency in: High level (e.g. python) and low level (C, C++) programming languages, database (SQL) development, maintaining code repositories (version control) 
  • Linux expertise including file systems, shell, hardware/software monitoring etc. 
  • Ability to write concise and timely scientific papers and reports  
  • Knowledge of the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010, and how to actively ensure in day to day activity in own area that those with protected characteristics are treated equally and fairly. 

Further particulars can be found here:

Informal enquires to CCB Centre Manager, Jessica Mylchreest email: phone: +44 (0)121 414 7012

We value diversity at the University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community

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Primary Location



 Academic Non-clinical


 Cancer and Genomic Sciences


 Temporary Full-time

Job Posting

 25.03.2021, 12:00:00 AMGrade (for job description) Grade 7

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Advert Close Date

 22.04.2021, 11:59:00 PM

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