Specialist in Informatics/Bioanalysis

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Cardiff, WALES


School of Medicine

Managerial, Professional and Specialist Staff – MPSS


Specialist in Informatics/Bioanalysis
UK Dementia Research Institute
Cardiff University School of Medicine
College of Biomedical and Life Sciences

Launched in 2017, the UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) is the single biggest investment the UK has ever made in dementia research thanks to a £290 million investment from founding funders the Medical Research Council (MRC), Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK.

The UK DRI at Cardiff is one of 7 UK centres bringing together world-leading scientists to deliver a step-change in the scientific understanding of dementia, generating new targets for drug development, reinvigorating the therapeutic pipeline and helping to transform care. The strategy of the UK DRI at Cardiff University is to build upon research strengths in dementia genetics; immunology; computational analysis; cellular and whole system modelling and neuroimaging, to identify disease mechanisms and therapies for Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Huntingdon’s disease and other forms of dementia.

As part of our continued growth, a new and exciting opportunity has arisen for a specialist in Informatics or Bioanalysis to join the UK DRI at Cardiff. The selected candidate will join a core team of staff supporting research across the institute and will be responsible for designing and implementing data storage systems, developing ways of handling data and producing data processing solutions.

The successful candidate will have experience of working with High Performance Computing and cloud computing platforms, a working knowledge of scripting languages. Linux/Unix administrative experience and an interest in bioinformatics or genomics is desirable.

We aim to recruit forward and outward-facing, motivated, passionate individuals who will stimulate new thinking with progressive and inclusive approaches.  We are committed to employing people who will bring difference in background, approach, identity and experiences.

This post is full time (35 hours per week) and is fixed term until 31st March 2023.

Salary: £33,797 - £40,322 per annum (Grade 6).

Date advert posted: Thursday, 23 April 2020

Closing Date: Sunday, 24 May 2020

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds. We therefore welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of sex, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, trans identity, relationship status, religion or belief, caring responsibilities, or age.  In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

Job Description

Main Function

To be responsible for designing and implementing data storage systems, developing ways of handling data and producing data processing solutions.

Key Duties

•    Provide professional advice and guidance on data management and data handling processes and procedures to internal and external customers that will have institute wide impacts, using judgement and creativity to suggest the most appropriate course of action where appropriate, and ensuring understanding of complex and conceptual issues.
•    Closely liaise with research staff to ensure that data storage and usage structures optimally serve their needs, taking responsibility for proactively developing solutions and resolving issues as they arise.
•    Support the work of the UK DRI at Cardiff by working with research teams to develop analytical pipelines and data processing solutions.
•    Ensure that the provision of Cardiff University’s Advanced Research Computing Facility is delivered to the UK DRI, proactively changing the delivery according to customer requirements.
•    Establish working relationships with key contacts, developing appropriate communication links with the University’s Schools/Directorates and outside bodies as required.
•    Create specific working groups from colleagues across the University to achieve UK DRI at Cardiff objectives.
•    Plan and deliver specific small scale projects, co-ordinating and supervising project teams created as needed.
•    Undertake a variety of  administrative duties to support the Division.
•    Instruct and guide other employees across the University within UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI).

General Duties

•    Ensure that an understanding of the importance of confidentiality is applied when undertaking all duties.
•    Abide by University policies on Health and Safety and Equality and Diversity.
•    Perform other duties occasionally which are not included above, but which will be consistent with the role.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

Qualifications and Education

1.    Degree in statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science or related subjects /NVQ 4 or equivalent Professional membership/experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

2.    Substantial experience of working within computer programming/informatics/bioanalysis and general knowledge of statistics and IT.
3.    Ability to demonstrate professional knowledge and give advice to internal and external customers demonstrating professional knowledge of:
(i)    Scripting languages such as Perl/Python, Bash Scripting
(ii)    Statistical packages suitable for analysing large data sets (e.g. R)
(iii)    Linux/Unix maintenance
4.    Proven experience in developing new processes and procedures.

Customer Service, Communication and Team Working

5.    Ability to communicate conceptually detailed and complex information effectively and professionally with a wide range of people.
6.    Evidence of ability to explore customers’ needs and adapt the service accordingly to ensure delivery of a quality service.
7.    Proven ability to develop networks in order to contribute to long term developments.

Planning, Analysis and Problem solving

8.    Evidence of ability to solve expansive problems using initiative and creativity; identify and propose both practical and innovative solutions.
9.    Evidence of demonstrable knowledge of key advances within specialist disciplines, as stated above.
10.  Evidence of ability to undertake and deliver specific projects and supervise short term project teams.

Desirable Criteria

11.    Postgraduate/Professional qualification.
12.    Knowledge of statistical techniques used in the analysis of genetic/genomic data.
13.    Linux/Unix administrative experience.
14.    Experience of working in a Higher Education environment.
15.    Fluency in Welsh, written and oral.

Additional Information

IMPORTANT: Evidencing Criteria

It is School of Medicine's policy to use the person specification as a key tool for short-listing. Candidates should evidence that they meet ALL of the essential criteria as well as, where relevant, the desirable. As part of the application process you will be asked to provide this evidence via a supporting statement.

Please ensure when submitting this document / attaching it to your application profile you name it with the vacancy reference number, in this instance for this post, 9746BR

If candidates do not provide written evidence of meeting all of the essential criteria then their application will not be progressed. The School of Medicine welcome the submission of CVs to accompany evidence of the job-based criteria.

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