Research Programmes Postdoctoral FellowGrade: PDF Salary per annum: £33,272-£41,709Full Time, Part Time, Flexible Working: Full TimeContract Type: Fixed Term Contract Length: 3 yearsRef No: 85015 Would you like to support the development of the next generation of pathogen surveillance?We are offering an exciting opportunity for a Postdoctora...

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

United Kingdom

October 10, 2022


Would you like to support the development of the next generation of pathogen surveillance?

We are offering an exciting opportunity for a Postdoctoral Fellow to join our team. This is a key role in the Respiratory Virus and Microbiome Initiative (RVI). You will conduct original research and contribute to the development of sequencing and bioinformatics analysis of RVI. This role is an opportunity to contribute to a large-scale pathogen genomics programme led by Dr Ewan Harrison, to conduct analysis on large scale and novel datasets, and to help shape the future of pathogen surveillance.

About the Team:

Respiratory Virus and Microbiome Initiative (RVI) is a new initiative with the Parasites and Microbes (PaM) programme at the Wellcome Sanger Institute. The RVI aims to establish capabilities for large-scale genomic surveillance of respiratory viruses such as influenza virus and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and to survey for as yet unknown pathogens. By establishing standardised approaches for combined sequencing of SARS-CoV-2, and other common respiratory viruses in a single assay and developing pathogen-agnostic sequencing approaches, the RVI will enable:

  • Generation of knowledge on the transmission and evolution of known respiratory viruses and other pathogens.
  • Discovery of novel respiratory viruses to inform early warning systems for new pandemic threats.
  • Deeper understanding of respiratory microbiome dynamics and how this influences health and infection.
  • Tracking and understanding antimicrobial resistance in the respiratory tract at a population level.
  • About You:

    You will be passionate about science and motivated to make an impact on pathogen surveillance. You will work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders integral to the project's progress. You will have strong understanding of computational biology and large pathogen data sets.

    Essential Skills
  • PhD in and relevant experience in (e.g. viral genomics, pathogen genomics, metagenomics) or equivalent qualification in Biological Sciences.
  • Experience in high throughout computational biology.
  • Experience in handling, processing large pathogen data sets.
  • Attention to detail when performing routine tasks.
  • Experience in programming (Python, R, etc.).
  • Experience in statistical analysis.
  • Ability to test, implement and troubleshoot new approaches and techniques.
  • Thorough record keeping, with strong organisational and communication skills, and good work ethic.
  • Motivation and ambition to make a personal contribution to the RVI and pathogen research.
  • A team player who enjoys working with others in a friendly and collegiate manner.
  • Ability to build collaborative working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrates incluvisity and respect for all
  • Other information

    Please apply with your CV and a Cover Letter outlining how you would meet the criteria set out above and in the job description for the role.

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    The Wellcome Sanger Institute, previously known as The Sanger Centre and Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, is a non-profit British genomics and genetics research institute, primarily funded by the Wellcome Trust.It is located on the Wellcome Genome Campus by the village...