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Bioinformatician

Reference

32121

Sector

Data Science & Machine Learning , Life Science & Biotechnology

Salary

Competitive

Benefits

Competitive + benefits

Town/City

Edinburgh

Contract Type

Permanent

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Bioinformatician

Abercorn Sinclair is delighted to be working in partnership with Biotangents Ltd as they seek to appoint several new scientists to their R&D team based at the Pentland Science Park, Edinburgh.

The company:

Biotangents is a young biotechnology business developing a range of diagnostic tests to detect infectious diseases in livestock. Based on a novel diagnostic platform, they are creating point-of-care devices to replace time-consuming centralised PCR-based testing.

The Role:

The preference is for this to be a site-based role, however, for the right individual, a predominantly remote working arrangement could be agreed upon if scheduled meetings and infrequent/ad hoc office days could be viable.  

Joining an innovative, multi-disciplined team you will work closely with molecular biologists, biomedical engineers, and bioinformaticians to aid the development and application of their nucleic acid diagnostic platform technology.

Your role will be to develop, improve and implement bioinformatic approaches to identify viable genetic targets, with maximum sensitivity and specificity, for diagnostic tests.

Principal responsibilities:

  • Be proactive and inventive in devising solutions to technical challenges.
  • Design oligonucleotide probes to selectively recognise these genetic targets using Biotangents’ platform technology.
  • Use cloud-based high-performance computing systems.
  • Work to rigorous standards of documentation.
  • Present findings and data at internal meetings (with opportunities to present externally).
  • Embody their core values of proactivity, pragmatism, fairness, and integrity (see https://www.biotangents.co.uk/values for further details).

Core skills/experience:

  • Experience working in Python 3.
  • Experience working in genetics, genomics, next-generation sequencing, or transcriptomics.
  • Experience working with bioinformatics pipelines.

The candidate:

The ideal candidate will be educated to Ph.D. level in a relevant discipline, (bioinformatics/computational biology) with some industry experience, you will be a creative problem solver and have the ability and confidence to work independently.

Excellent communication skills and attention to detail are a prerequisite and Individuals with any of the following experience would be of significant interest:

  • Statistical tools such as JMP.
  • Experience in designing oligonucleotides.
  • Understanding of nucleic acid secondary structure.
  • Experience using nucleic acid secondary structure prediction packages such as NUPACK, ViennaRNA 2.0, UNAFold.
  • Experience in reaction modelling.

The opportunity:

As a small multidisciplinary team with a diverse set of challenges, you will have the opportunity to develop and strengthen your core skills but also gain experience in a range of areas outside of your direct role, including statistical analysis, computational modeling, and their machine learning-based DNA sequence design algorithms.

In return, you can expect to receive a competitive salary plus additional benefits including pension, and flexible working. This is a permanent post based on a 37.5 hour week.

For a confidential discussion please contact our retained partner, Keith Tocher at Abercorn SinclairFor a confidential discussion please contact our retained partner, Keith Tocher at Abercorn Sinclair.

About Abercorn Sinclair

Abercorn Sinclair is a specialist, technical recruitment consultancy based in Edinburgh. We provide permanent, interim, and contract services across the science & technology sectors.

 

 

 

 

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