Bioinformatician - School of Dentistry

United Kingdom
£30,395 - £42,036
Aug 15, 2019
Sep 14, 2019
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Position Details

School of Dentistry

College of Medical and Dental Sciences

University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,395 to £39,609. With potential progression once in post to £42,036 a year.

Fixed term for 20 months

Closing Date: 12th September 2019

Job Summary

This post-doctoral post is part of a new project in the School of Dentistry that aims to discover more information about the role of the immune system and skin microbiome in Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB). EB is a rare skin disease characterized by recurrent blister formation. We recently won funding from the EB charity DEBRA and the post is funded for 20 months through this grant.

Over the course of the project the clinical team will collect samples (skin swabs, blood and blister fluid) from patients with EB and also from healthy donors. The technical team will process the samples and prepare samples for sequencing of the microbiome plus examine the proteomic content of blister fluid.

The post holder will be responsible for in depth examination of the data from the microbiome of the skin swabs, they can advise on best practise for processing of the samples and will deliver a pipeline for the analysis of the data.

Work within specified research grants and projects and contribute to writing bid

Operate within area of specialism

Analyse and interpret research findings and results

Contribute to generating funding

Contribute to licensing or spin out deals with demonstrated commercial cusses (such as revenues, asset or company sales, IP generated) and/or public understanding of the discipline or similar.

Main Duties

The responsibilities may include some but not all of the responsibilities outlines below.
  • Develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research, with assistance of a mentor if required
  • Contribute to writing bids for research funding
  • Analyse and interpret data
  • Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding
  • Disseminate research findings for publication, research seminars etc.
  • Supervise students on research related work and provide guidance on PhD students where appropriate to the discipline
  • Contribute to developing new models, techniques and methods
  • Undertake management/administration arising from research
  • Contribute to Departmental/School research-related activities and research related administration
  • Contribute to enterprise, business development and/or public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and the University, often under supervision of a project leader
  • Collect research data; this may be through a variety of research methods, such as scientific experimentation, literature reviews, and research interviews
  • Present research outputs, including drafting academic publications or parts thereof, for example at seminars and as posters
  • Provide guidance, as required, to support staff and any students who may be assisting with the research
  • Deal with the problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines

Person Specification
  • PhD or equivalent qualification in a discipline that is directly relevant to bioinformatics or a closely related discipline, or equivalent research, industrial or commercial experience
  • Excellent communication skills are essential
  • Demonstrable record of research leading to peer-reviewed publications and/or other relevant outputs
  • High level analytical capability
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly
  • Fluency in relevant models, techniques or methods and ability to contribute to developing new ones
  • Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes
  • Contribute to the planning and organising of the research programme and/or specific research project
  • Co-ordinate own work with others to avoid conflict or duplication of effort

The University is committed to safeguarding and we promote safe recruitment practice, therefore all associated pre-employment checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed.

Due to the nature of the work undertaken in this role all successful applicants will be subject to a satisfactory Occupational Health and/or DBS clearance prior to appointment.

We value diversity at The University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community'

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