Bioinformatics Officer – Analytical Scientist at The Institute of Cancer Research

Length of Contract: till 30 September 2024

The Institute of Cancer Research, London, is one of the world’s most influential cancer research organisations, with an outstanding record of achievement dating back more than 100 years. We provided the first convincing evidence that DNA damage is the basic cause of cancer, and discovered many of the early chemotherapy drugs. Today, The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) leads the world at isolating cancer-related genes and discovering new targeted drugs for personalised cancer treatment.

The ICR is committed to attracting, developing and retaining the best minds in the world to join us in our mission – to make the discoveries that defeat cancer.

Vacancy Description  

The Computational Biology and Chemogenomics team develops and applies state-of-the-art computational approaches and data analyses to inform and support drug discovery. The team is integrated within the drug discovery teams and forms a critical part of CTU drug discovery projects, across all drug discovery phases. We inform experimental design; derive innovative data analysis pipelines, using state of the art tools and bespoke methodologies. Our activities also include integrating novel findings with existing multidisciplinary knowledge and generating experimentally testable hypotheses contributing to the success of drug discovery projects. The team is also part of the ICR’s Department of Data Science which provides team members access to broader Data Science and computational expertise and capabilities.

The role focuses on the development and provision of broad, state-of-the art bioinformatics analysis to support drug discovery and will involve both applying bioinformatics and the development of pipelines to support these.

Applicants should hold a degree in Cancer Biology, Genetics, Computer Science or associated subject, with established programming and scripting experience, and several years of experience in applying NGS and broad bioinformatics analyses. Experience with nextflow, R shiny and cancer informatics is desirable.

The full salary range for the grade is £43,000 – £56,000 per annum. Appointments are normally made at the start of the range which represents the market rate for the role but consideration will be given to experience and skills.  Future progression is based on annual performance review.

To apply please submit an application on the ICR Careers site, attaching your CV with the supporting statement (addressing with specific examples where you meet the person specification, a brief description of your research experience, and including names and addresses of at least two referees).

For more details, please refer to the job description and person specification.

We look forward to receiving applications from all candidates, wherever in the world they are currently based. We will select those who display the potential to become, or to support, the world leading cancer researchers of the future based on their application and performance at interview. However, we particularly welcome British applicants from black and ethnic minority backgrounds, as they are under-represented within the ICR and nationwide in STEM roles.

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