Senior Research Scientist
~35-40k plus excellent benefits
Matt Slinger
Based in Aberdeen, my client is a world leading pharmaceutical company, working on developing live biotherapeutic products from the human gut microbiome. It has a current focus on IBS and IBD and a strong pipeline of pre-clinical programmes in autoimmunity, inflammation, oncology and CNS disease. They are currently looking for a number of people within the scientific teams, however in particular are interested in hearing from candidates with experience relevant to their Senior Research Scientist position within their bioinformatics team.


The successful candidate will be responsible for the genomic characterisation of a large collection of bacterial strains. This role will involve the assembly and annotation of bacterial genomes and the candidate will need to have experience in the processing and integration of sequence datasets from different sequencing platforms. A strong background in comparative genomics and bacterial genome mining is essential for this role and experience working with a Linux system is highly desirable. The ability to utilise genomic data to answer biological questions is fundamental to this role. This is a full-time position which will support the in silico characterisation of bacterial strains as part of the proprietary MicroRx discovery platform. They are seeking an individual with a proven ability to develop and undertake independent, high quality research. The post holder will be an integral part of the research team and will present results at project meetings; write reports; and contribute to the generation of intellectual property. Remote working is a possibility within the UK and Ireland.

Key Skills

+ PhD or MSc Degree in bioinformatics, microbial genomics, microbiology, or related discipline
+ At least 2 years of post doc experience in the field of in microbial bioinformatics/genome mining, or equivalent experience working in an industrial environment.
+ Proficient in the processing and integrative analysis of NGS datasets from different sequencing platforms.
+ Strong background in genome annotation.
+ Extensive experience in microbial genome mining.
+ Experience working with transcriptome datasets is highly desirable.

Desirable criteria

+ Knowledge of R/Python/Perl programming skills.
+ Experience of working with RNASeq data would be advantageous.
+ Evidence of a track record of independent critical thinking and scientific achievement.

The position is currently a maternity cover placement until November 2021 and salaries are negotiable but expected to be within the £35-40k range. If this role sounds of interest please contact Matt Slinger on 0161 923 8173 for more details.
Please select your CV

If you feel that you have the required experience for the position we would love to hear from you. Please send us a copy of your CV and we will be sure to consider you. If you would like to speak to us directly then please call on 0161 236 8200.