Senior Bioinformatician

Contract | Kensington Chelsea, ENGLAND | about 2 months | Deadline: 16 Dec 2020
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The Natural History Museum is both a world-leading science research centre and the most visited natural history museum in Europe. With a vision of a future in which both people and the planet thrive, it is uniquely positioned to be a powerful champion for balancing humanity's needs with those of the natural world.

The Museum's 300 scientists continue to represent one of the largest groups in the world studying and enabling research into every aspect of the natural world. Their science is contributing critical data to help the global fight to save the future of the planet from the major threats of climate change and biodiversity loss through to finding solutions such as the sustainable extraction of natural resources.

We are at a pivotal moment in our history as we launch a new strategy setting out our role as the natural world faces increasing threats. Building on our world-leading collection, global reputation for science and as one of the world's leading visitor attractions, the NHM has ambitious plans leading up to the 150 anniversary of the opening of the Waterhouse Building in 2031, making this a truly exciting time to be part of the NHM team.

About the role

You will be studying the genetic variation in the world's most widely grown crop, Bread Wheat!

Grown from Canada to Argentina in the Americas, and from Iberia to Japan in EurAsia, covering a variety of day lengths as well as near artic (Canada & Siberia) to near desert (North Africa) conditions, Bread Wheat is hexaploid, which is thought to be critical in its ability to adapt (genetically) to so many environments.

It is now possible to assemble multiple Wheat genomes, and the NHM has 10 assembled Wheat genomes of key varieties in the UK and Global Wheat Program (CIMMYT), and a sequenced set of ancestral Wheats rich in novel diversity to understand wheat genetic complexity. We are part of a UK (BBSRC funded) program, and the International 10+ Genome Project (part of the Wheat Initiative).

As a part of this you will primarily be leading the data analysis within NHM, with an focus on publication ready figures and datasets as well as any software development and testing.

About you

You will be an experienced bioinformatician, with the proven bioinformatics skills to develop and run your own pipelines, harden them for huge volumes of data and deploy them on modern high-performance hardware.

A demonstrable record (code repository, tool publications, citations etc.) of developing scientific programs is desirable, as is familiarity with containerisation. As well as a familiarity with Wheat genomics is desirable.

Expertise with Python, SciPy, Cython, or C++ is essential, R (web development, desirable). Experience with sequencing data, and genetics is essential. A track strong publication record, and strong scientific writing skills are essential.

Closing: 9am on Wednesday 16 December
Interviews held: w/c 4 Jan

To apply, please visit and upload your CV with a covering letter, which clearly outlines how you meet our person specification.

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