TEAM LEADER: COMPUTATIONAL
Job Ref: R-573655
Faculty: Health and Life Sciences, Institute of Integrative Biology, Centre for Genomic Research
Salary: Depending on qualifications and experience Range: £36,862 - £46,696 pa
Location: University Campus (Biosciences Building) Hours of work: Full-Time
Tenure: 3 years initially Grade: 8
Closing Date: 9 December 2011 Interview Date: To be confirmed
Informal enquiries to Professor Neil Hall on 0151 795 4516, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or
Professor Andrew Cossins on 0151 795 4510, email: email@example.com or Dr Christiane Hertz-Fowler
on 0151 795 4417, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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to provide documentary evidence of their legal right to work in this country prior to commencing employment.
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be copied and verified by a member of the Selection Panel. For posts requiring a recognised degree level or
equivalent qualification, and where there is no suitable UK or European Economic Area candidate, the University
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Centre for Genomic Research (www.liverpool.ac.uk/cgr)
The Centre for Genomic Research (CGR) is a major genomics research initiative at the University of
Liverpool. It is an expanded academic structure, which comprises the former Advanced Genomics Facility
and the Liverpool Microarray Facility, and is based in custom-designed laboratory and office accommodation
in the genomics core spaces in the Biosciences Building.
The CGR employs 18 mainly Postdoctoral members of staff. The laboratory currently runs four next
generation sequencing platforms, LifeTechnologies’ SOLiD, Illumina GAIIx, Ion Torrent as well as Roche’s
454 GS FLX and Junior platforms, supported by automated laboratory workflows and investment in high
performance computing (HPC) capability.
The CGR is involved in a diverse set of projects that range from metagenomics, de novo genome and re-
sequencing projects and expression profiling of pathogens, mammalian systems and plants to cancer
genomics, and GWAS follow-up studies. In most cases, the CGR is involved in all stages of experimental
design, sample handling and analyses. The CGR has developed a well-regarded position in the national
infrastructure for research, as evidenced by the large list of higher education institutes that take advantage of
the CGR’s capabilities, both within and outside the UK and by the contribution to and authoring of over 60
peer-reviewed scientific papers.
The Centre receives core funding from two of the main UK funding councils to provide genomics services
and bioinformatics support. The CGR has been a partner laboratory in the Natural and Environmental
Research Council’s (NERC) NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility since 2006, with a £1.25M renewal
contract for the 2011-2014 period just having been awarded. The CGR has also secured a £2M investment
from the Medical Research Council (MRC) to become one of four hubs that will service the needs of the UK-
wide biomedical and clinical research communities.
In addition, the CGR also has a portfolio of project grants from the BBSRC and other funding agencies to
undertake specific research projects, largely centered around model organisms, infectious diseases and
plant and livestock genomics.
Led by the Centre Manager and her administration team, the CGR is implementing a plan for long-term
sustainability through recharging of services to collaborators and we foresee continuing expansion in
equipment and personnel to meet the rapidly growing demand for high-throughput sequencing. The
informatics group currently comprises a team of six informaticians and one statistician. The CGR is now
looking to recruit a principal computer biologist to not only provide oversight and leadership to the group but
to also drive the future direction of the centre. The contract for this post would initially be for 3 years, though
the Centre would expect continuance beyond this time.
Institute of Integrative Biology (www.liv.ac.uk/integrative-biology/)
The Institute comprises 65 academic staff, 120 postgraduate research students and ~100 postdoctoral
research associates. It is primarily based within the new £26M Biosciences Building, which houses 320
laboratory research places, core laboratories for cell imaging, genomics, proteomics, plant and microbial
culture, an aquarium and NMR spectroscopy. The Biosciences Building is linked to the adjacent MerseyBIO
research incubator which houses 15 business development units and is close to other major campus
buildings. Together, this provides a large-scale research environment for life and health sciences.
The University of Liverpool (www.liv.ac.uk)
The University of Liverpool is a member of the elite Russell Group of UK research universities. With 4900
staff, it currently teaches 21000 students including 2000 postgraduate students, pursuing almost 300
programmes in over 100 different subject areas. It is one of the UK's leading research institutions, with a
world-class research portfolio, and an annual turnover of £340 million, including £123 million for research.
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The University occupies a prime campus site, which is adjacent to the city centre and close to major
transportation hubs. The University has recently invested £200M in its campus infrastructure, and also has
developed an aggressive strategic plan for research development.
The provision of sporting, conferencing and exhibition facilities is excellent
(http://www.liv.ac.uk/about/campus-facilities.htm) and the University and city provide the full range of
academic and cultural institutions and events that one would expect in a major city region
You will provide guidance and oversight to a team of bioinformaticians within the CGR. You will primarily be
responsible for planning and carrying out next-generation sequencing analyses, making certain that the data
produced by the CGR is of high quality. You will also ensure that the CGR remains at the forefront of
development in computational biology and contribute to the future direction of the CGR.
To plan, co-ordinate, develop and implement software and pipelines for the analysis of DNA
sequence data generated from long- and short-read high-throughput sequencing platforms. This will
include ensuring that code is adequately documented and adheres to best practices.
To provide guidance and training to other member of the CGR’s informatics group as well as other
research groups, either within the University of Liverpool or other either NERC and/or MRC-funded
To manage the workload of the bioinformatics group team members and to ensure that time is
correctly allocated to different projects.
To liaise with the CGR Directors, Centre Manager and the Sequence Production Manager to ensure
work is planned and carried out in a timely fashion and to ensure that work is done to a high standard.
To keep abreast of developments in genome and sequence bioinformatics and to ensure that the
centre is at the forefront of the field.
To oversee the maintenance and enhancement of the existing IT systems.
To help and assist collaborators in the design of experiments and to analyse and interpret the
To establish, build and maintain collaborations within and outside the group to enhance the profile of
the group and achieve national and international recognition.
To assist in writing collaborative grant applications.
To report research findings to the scientific community by writing high profile publications and
speaking at conferences to contribute to the national and international scientific enterprise.
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The Occupational Pension Scheme associated with this appointment is the Universities Superannuation
Full particulars of the scheme can be obtained, on request, from the Director of Human Resources.
An acceptance of this appointment will be taken as an application to join USS and have the appropriate
contributions deducted from salary unless the Director of Human Resources is expressly notified in
writing either before commencing employment, within three months of that date or on expiry of three
months notice, that the appointee intends to make his or her own pension arrangements.
Should the appointee decide to make his or her own personal pension arrangements, the University will
not contribute to the personal arrangement. No other form of supplementation of pension benefits will be
available from the University.
It may be possible for a newly appointed member of staff who has not been in USS to have his or her
accrued benefits from his or her former pension scheme transferred to the USS. In such a case, USS
will be asked to investigate a transfer payment and will provide, on actuarial advice, a proposal for a
number of years' credit in USS which such payment would secure. The member of staff is at liberty
either to accept this or elect to deal with his or her accrued benefits as determined by the rules of his or
her former scheme.
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EMPLOYEE SPECIFICATION – Shortlisting Criteria
Post Title: Team Leader Salary: £36,862 - £46,696 pa
Faculty: Health and Life Sciences Job Ref: R-573655
Attributes No. Essential Criteria Desirable Criteria
(Identified from – Application form/CV/Supporting (Identified from – Application form/CV/Supporting
1. EXPERIENCE 1.1 Experience of research in an academic or commercial Experience in the use of statistical methods and/or
environment software packages for analysing high-throughput
sequencing or microarray data
1.2 Experience in consulting with researchers on
experimental design and bioinformatics analysis
1.3 Experience in providing training
1.4 Experience in writing scientific papers
2. EDUCATION 2.1 PhD in a biology or computer science or related
3. SKILLS, GENERAL 3.1 Good knowledge of (at least one of) Perl, Java Knowledge of SQL (or similar).
AND SPECIAL Python or C++
KNOWLEDGE 3.2 Good standard of written and spoken English Knowledge of Web site development
3.3 Excellent communication and interpersonal skills Good understanding of relevant biological data
4. PERSONAL 4.1 Ability to collaborate with bench scientists Good presentation skills
ATTRIBUTES AND 4.2 Highly motivated
CIRCUMSTANCES 4.3 Highly organised
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