Research Associate/Bioinformatician Analyst (Fixed Term)

The University of Cambridge is one of the world's oldest universities and leading academic centres. If you're looking for a new challenge and would like excellent benefits, extensive learning opportunities and a stimulating working environment in return for your skills and contribution, there could be a job here for you.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Research Associate/Bioinformatician to work on the BRC infectious diseases theme and join Prof Ravi Gupta's group, based within the new Cambridge Institute for Therapeutic Immunology and Infectious Disease (CITIID). The Gupta lab has led pioneering work into SARS-CoV-2 variants and within host evolution, in addition to molecular virology. The lab has a long standing interest in HIV evolution and drug resistance. The BRC infection theme more broadly examines and addresses seasonal respiratory viral infection and antimicrobial resistance/transmission. The post holder will perform translational research in line with the BRC theme and design and execute translational research projects around viral evolution and bacterial AMR using existing and novel pipelines/analysis tools. In particular the post holder will aim to identify novel and known drug resistance determinants in viruses and bacteria and to perform cluster and transmission analysis that will inform clinical and public health policies.

The work will be pursued in the Cambridge Institute for Therapeutic Immunology and Infectious Disease (CITIID). This building with state-of-the-art facilities, is housed on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus alongside the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute.

The role holder will have experience of using computational approaches to analyse diverse virus and bacterial genomic datasets. This opportunity requires scripting ability (at least one of Perl, Python or Bash), familiarity with short and long read sequence data processing and analysis, and relevant statistical understanding, preferably within the R environment. Additional duties will include providing ad hoc bioinformatics support and advice for researchers within the group.

Applicants will be expected to work closely and interactively with colleagues in different disciplines within the lab, have good communications skills and the ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines.

Informal enquiries can be sent to Prof Ravi Gupta.

Funds for this position are available on full-time basis for 1 year in the first instance.

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Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and a CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

The closing date for applications is: 18th February 2024

The interview date for the role is: 19th March 2024

Please quote reference RC40415 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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