Research Fellow / Senior Research Assistant (Bioinformatics) at Northumbria University

Northumbria University is a member of the COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium (COG-UK).  COG-UK is a pioneer in the use of large-scale, rapid whole-genome sequencing of SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing the COVID-19 pandemic, to understand viral transmission and evolution, and to inform public health responses and vaccine development.

We seeking to appoint a highly committed and motivated postdoctoral Bioinformatician to join the COG-UK team at Northumbria.  The role will involve the development of a novel spike protein variant annotation system and working on improving variant calling in samples with lower amounts of RNA (high-CTvalues).  The successful applicant will be developing novel bioinformatics methodology in these areas using a wide variety of both computational techniques, experimentally derived results, and theoretical and evolutionary information from protein structure and sequence analysis. 

The Northumbria COG-UK team is research led, and you will be working alongside the Northumbria COG team and within the wider COGnetwork. We routinely generate both short (illumina) and long (Oxford Nanopore)read sequencing data, and have an HPC facility for data analysis.

Knowledge of bioinformatics approaches and command-line usage is essential, as is knowledge of a programming or scripting language, such as R, Bash, and Python. Prior experience with variant calling and high throughput sequence analysis, and experience of working with protein structure are desirable.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Dr Matthew Bashton via email on  

To apply for this vacancy please click ‘Apply Now’, and submit a covering letter, CV including research /education statements, and grants and publications list. Please highlight your highest quality research outputs (please indicate a rank from 1 to 4) up to a maximum of 4, since 2017.  In addition, candidates are asked to provide copies of the top 2 research outputs (Journal / book chapter /practice-based portfolio).Where possible candidates are asked to combine all of these documents into a single file.

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality and is a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers.

We welcome applications from the UK and across the world. Visit our web pages for details about the Information and Support for International Colleagues.

Candidates will be assessed against the criteria and appointed to either the Senior Research Assistant or Research Fellow role, depending on academic profile and previous experience. This will be discussed with all candidates at the selection stage. If appointed to the Senior Research Assistant role, you will be employed by Northumbria Services Limited. Further details can be found at

Please note this vacancy will close on 07/09/2021

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