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[Apply by 31 Jan 2019] Postdoctoral Scientist (Genomics) Designing Future Wheat Programme at the Earlham Institute (Norwich)

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Scientist (Genomics) to join the Laboratory of Anthony Hall in the Designing Future Wheat Programme at the Earlham Institute, based in Norwich, UK. The Earlham Institute (EI) is looking for a highly motivated Bioinformatician or Computational Biologist to join an exciting project in conjunction with the Hall and Swarbreck groups to analyse the wheat pangenome and pantranscriptome. The candidate will work independently, with other group members and national and international collaborators to develop computational tools and pipelines to analyse these large datasets.

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The successful candidate will play an active part in EI’s collaborative wheat genomics efforts aimed at advancing wheat research through data integration and enhancing communication between bioinformaticians, wheat scientists and breeders. The candidate will work closely with Design Future Wheat, 10 Plus Wheat Genome Project, Ensembl Plants and other collaborative wheat projects.

We are looking for a candidate driven to make a change in providing solutions to agricultural problems through coding and implementation of new software. In particular, this role will be responsible for the design, implementation and deployment of software pipelines for the integration of the genomic and genetic data available for wheat and related species to build a toolbox for functional analyses of wheat genome.

Required qualifications and experience:

The successful candidate will need to be educated to MSc level or possess equivalent experience of working in molecular or computational biology. A PhD is desirable but not essential.

Applicants will need to communicate a deep understanding of bioinformatics tools and molecular biology/computational methods. They will need to show knowledge of good practice principles for software engineering and have a proven track record in the use of programming languages (e.g. Perl, Python, R). Good communication skills are essential as is the ability to work well as part of a team.

Additional information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £31,250 to £38,100 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This is a full-time post for a contract of 36 months.

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