The University of Edinburgh
Wellcome Centre for Cell Biology in the School of Biological sciences
United Kingdom Edinburgh


A position is available in Robin Allshire’s lab at the Wellcome Centre for Cell Biology in the School of Biological sciences at the University of Edinburgh for a self-motivated and innovative Bioinformatician.
The Allshire lab [ ] are utilizing a variety of approaches to build a detailed model of pericentromeric and centromeric chromatin. This post holder will work alongside wet lab researchers to process, analyse and store data generated from siRNA sequencing, RNA-seq, ChIP-seq, ChIP-Nexus, ATAC-seq and proteomics approaches (eg see Shukla, Tong etal. Curr Biol 2018). The appointed individual will liaise with sequencing services and the head of our Bioinformatics core facility. The post holder will collate the data in a format that will make it easily accessible to other users.
This post is full time and fixed term to 28 February 2022.
Salary: £33,199 - £39,609 per annum
Closing Date: Friday 15th February 2019 at 5pm (GMT)



• MSc plus several years relevant experience, or PhD in computational biology/bioinformatics (i.e MSc with equivalent experience).



• Background in molecular biology and statistics.
• Experience in the Linux command line and at least one programming language suitable for data wrangling and analysis (e.g. R, Python).
• Ability to work independently, communicate and interact productively with colleagues.


Experience in some of the following areas would be advantageous:
• Biological computational libraries (e.g. Bioconductor, Biopython) for data analysis
• Analysis of a various high throughput sequencing [HT-seq] techniques from different platforms (e.g. Illumina, PacBio, Oxford Nanopore)
• Common bioinformatics tools for HT-seq analysis (e.g. samtools, bedtools)
• Pipeline creation using a workflow language (e.g. nextflow, CWL, WDL, snakemake).
• Analysis of multivariant data.
• Proteomics data analysis
• DNA/Protein Alignment
• Statistical analysis
• A track record of publication in refereed journals.

Start date

As soon as possible

Start date

To be determined

How to Apply

Apply via the university web site


Alastair Kerr