Assoc Bioinformatics Scientist, Operations

Focus on Bioinformatics Operations. Responsible for the monitoring and management of various aspects of complex bioinformatics analysis algorithms used in the interpretation of sequencing data analysis results including defining, creating, developing, implementing, and unit testing. Responsible for computational and integration aspects of algorithms.

ILS-UK has an exciting opportunity for a Associate  Bioinformatics Scientist to support the Bioinformatics Operational Team. This role is to support a team who are responsible for ensuring we have a smooth operation and labs are running at full capacity. You will strive in a fast-paced environment and be able to make effective decisions.  


If you want to push boundaries and join a culture fueled by innovation, collaboration and openness, this role could be for you. If you want a brilliant, fast-paced, mission-driven environment, then Illumina is the place for you.   


The role  


Focus on Bioinformatics Operations. Responsible for the monitoring and management of various aspects of complex bioinformatics analysis tools used in the interpretation of sequencing data analysis results including defining, creating, developing, implementing, and unit testing. 


Responsibilities will include  


  • Monitor and manage the analysis pipeline for operations 

  • Execute on existing and development of operational tasks to deliver genomic data through the ILS pipeline 

  • Lead Support in the interpretation of sequencing data analysis results. 

  • Develop algorithms and workflows under general instruction. 

  • Work with data sets from current and new platforms to solve complex problems of analytical, computational, and integration-related topics. 

  • Maintain bioinformatics software and database integration. 

  • Provides support on methods, prototypes, and code for implementation in internal tools and end-user applications. 

  • Complete tasks related to the management of the quality management system (QMS) 

  • Assist with the training of staff in defined processes and generate/update training materials where required 

  • Support the Establishment of  Quality Assurance bioinformatics related metrics and protocols based on assay design and performance 

  • Support the coordination of tasks in Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) such as collection of requirements, software verification, maintenance and clinical validation 

  • Provides validation and support services 

  • Work collaboratively with bioinformatics and research scientists across the organization in developing, improving and deploying bioinformatics tools. 

  • Communicate findings and present results to relevant stakeholders such as R&D, process engineering, and laboratory team 

Listed responsibilities are an essential, but not exhaustive list, of the usual duties associated with the position. Changes to individual responsibilities may occur due to business needs. 


Preferred background, skills and experience 


  • MSc in Bioinformatics, Genetics, Computer/Data science, Computational Biology or related field with some relevant experience. 

  • Experience working with tight Turn Around Times 

  • Experience working in accredited clinical laboratories (e.g., UKAS and ISO 15189) 

  • Experience working with Quality Management Systems (e.g., Non-Conformances, RCA) 

  • Experience with health and data governance 

  • Demonstrable skill developing tools and analysis pipelines with R and/or python 

  • Proficient with standard bioinformatics and analysis tools and packages 

  • Experience querying relational databases (e.g. SQL Server, MySQL, Postgres) and familiarity with database design approaches. 

  • Experience with Linux, OS, and Windows 

  • Experience with Git, Cloud computing, cron jobs 

  • Experience with Life Software Cycle 

  • [[ Use of all Microsoft Office Applications (e.g., Outlook, Excel) ]] 

  • [[ Familiar with machine learning, Bayesian statistics, clustering/classification, multivariate analysis.]] 

  • Proficient with genomic analysis of sequencing data – (e.g., WGS, WES, gene panels) 

  • Experience with Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS). 

  • Familiar with current technologies in molecular biology analysis (e.g., Arrays, Sequencing, Genotyping) 

  • Strong interpersonal skills; able to engage with and collaborate across inter-disciplinary groups. 

  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision. 

  • Must be very detail oriented. 




What you can expect  


You can expert to work in a multi-disciplined team, working closely with the quality team to ensure we meet our standards being an accredited company. You will be able to project manage and multitask. You have the opportunity of working for the largest sequencing lab. Typical projects could include working with the NHS and providing results to patients where we can have a direct impact to patient health. Background working with cancer would be desirable. If you enjoy working in a challenging, fast-paced environment, you believe in our mission and you feel you have what it takes to be successful in this role, please apply. 


With Illumina you can expect a highly competitive salary accompanied by a market leading benefits package. You will be part of the global leader in the Sequencing industry where you will find robust growth opportunities and career development within Illumina.   


Our team members are bright, energetic and dedicated - they are the driving force behind our innovation and impact. To attract the best and brightest, we offer a competitive employee benefits program. We view it as a smart investment in our people, one that recognizes the tremendous value they bring to our business every day. At Illumina, we push boundaries. We think beyond the conventional. We dream big. With the energy of so many bright and accomplished people, the opportunities are endless.  


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