The Pirbright Institute is recruiting a Bioinformatics e-Learning Officer to improve the provision of training of bioinformatics and biomathematics within the Institute, and liaising with training efforts at other institutes strategically funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). This post is to develop training materials for bioinformatics, with a particular focus on e-learning to ensure maximum use of the materials. This will include adapting existing training material in basic statistics and bioinformatics and developing new material for areas where there is a particular need at the Institute. For example, this could include sequence analysis (including next-generation sequencing data), phylogeny reconstruction or transcriptomics. The post provides a unique opportunity in gaining experience of scientific training in an emerging and rapidly developing field at a world-leading institution.

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Closing date: 6th September 2015

Flowminder is a non-profit organisation that produces revolutionary analyses for humanitarian purposes based on mobile phone call records. It is used to assist local governments and the UN in responding to major events, such as the Nepal earthquake and the Ebola epidemic.

We are looking for an experienced Python programmer to work full-time with us until the end of December 2015, with the potential for further work after this date. You would be writing code to process large volumes of mobile phone data, producing outputs for aid agencies and performing analyses of these outputs. A professional approach is essential, as you will be producing potentially life-saving information for global agencies using sensitive data.

You must be able to write well-documented, maintainable code, and will have significant experience in Python, along with skills in one or more of:

  • Python data analysis libraries (such as pandas, numpy and matplotlib
  • Version control
  • Automated testing
  • Linux server administration
  • Statistics
  • Machine Learning

Salary: £700 per week. Ideally you will be located in Southampton, UK. Other solutions with repeated travel to Southampton can be discussed.

For further information please contact Robin Wilson

The Department of Primary Care and Public Health Sciences​ at King's College are looking for a highly motivated Research Associate / Senior Software Developer, who will have responsibility for software development within the BRC Programme on Clinical Research Informatics. In particular, developing software and databases to integrate clinical, omics , primary care and other data in order to support clinical research and demonstrate the utility of these systems in addressing specific translational research questions.

The ideal candidate will have a strong background in Biomedical Informatics, Bioinformatics or Computer Science. Applicants should have excellent software and database development skills and experience of working with omics data.

  • Salary £32 ,277 - £37 ,394 (plus £2 ,323 London Weighting)
  • Post duration: Fixed term
  • Location: Guy’s Campus of King's College London
  • Closing date: 16 August 2015
  • Further information and details on how to apply
  • For an informal discussion of the post, please contact Dr Anastassia Spiridou on 07920 082342 or via email

The University of Lincoln has received funding under the HEFCE Catalyst Scheme to establish a new School of Mathematics and Physics, as part of the College of Science.

We are now seeking suitably qualified applicants for the post of High Performance Computing (HPC) Manager / Senior Computing Officer to support research and teaching in the rapidly expanding School.

The role holder will manage School’s HPC cluster and other computational resources and software (including undergraduate computer classes and research workstations), provide highly specialist HPC support to academic staff and support to teaching staff in computer classes.

For more information, visit the University of Lincoln website.

  • Harwell Campus, Didcot, Oxon
  • Fixed Term – 3 years
  • £28,384 to £34,002 per annum (depending on experience)
  • Closing Date: 26 May 2015
  • Interview Date: 10 June 2015

About Us

At the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), you belong to a community of experts who are driving science and technology forward. Our teams bring together curiosity-driven, blue-skies thinking with practical, application-led science - to maximise our impact for the benefit of the UK and its people. This is the home of an incredible diversity of research, technology and engineering projects that truly fire the imagination and lead to real-world solutions which shape societies and transform lives. We give you the flexibility, the freedom and the world-class facilities to focus on what you do best, and play your part in breakthroughs and achievements that will give you lifelong pride.

The Scientific Computing Department (SCD) is an internationally recognised centre carrying out scientific software development and providing leading edge compute and data services to support the work of world class science both within STFC and internationally.

About the role

We require a professional to take responsibility for leading and developing our impact activities. This will require working with our team of 190 staff, together with the external scientific community. You will also work with STFC’s central Communications and Impact teams on all aspects of SCD impact activities.

The impact agenda is a key issue in public sector research and continues to be high on the Government’s agenda. Delivery of impact evidence over the spending review period is of…

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The Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS) within the School of Earth and Environment is one of the UK’s largest and most diverse institutes for atmospheric research, making fundamental advances in our understanding of climate change, weather, air pollution, and impacts on our planet and society. ICAS has over 30 academic staff and about 100 postdoctoral researchers and PhD students.

The Centre for Expertise on Modelling the Atmosphere and Climate (CEMAC) is a major new venture to substantially enhance the research, teaching, impact and outreach capabilities of the institute related to computer modelling, data and visualisation. CEMAC are seeking to appoint a high calibre Head of CEMAC to implement and lead the new Centre. The successful candidate will have a proven track record of operating within fast moving complex research computing environments. You will have a First degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in an appropriate technical, scientific, or engineering discipline, ideally with a strong software engineering component. You must be able to demonstrate previous success in developing and maintaining operational systems and software focused on responding to the needs of diverse users.

Further details concerning the School, its research activities and structure are available on the School's website.

Informal enquiries may be made to the Director of ICAS, Professor Ken Carslaw, tel +44 (0)113 343 1597

Further information…

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Speaking about the issues thrown up by Big Data, The Economist reported in the article Welcome to the Yotta World that, by 2018, there would be a talent gap of ~150,000 data-science professionals globally. The problem is particularly acute in high-throughput biology.

To make progress in this area, an exciting collaboration has recently been established between The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC, Norwich) – a leading genome and bioinformatics research facility in Europe – the eLife journal (Cambridge) and the University of Manchester. Combining expert knowledge in visualisation and analysis of high-throughput biological data, the project will exploit the principal technologies developed by partners: the BioJavaScript open-source library for visualisation of biological components; the Utopia Documents ‘smart PDF reader’; and the publishing platform of the innovative, open-access journal eLife.

More information is available on the Genomes, Web 2.0 and Bioethics website.

NAG is seeking a developer of mathematical optimisation software to join its optimisation development team. The desired individual will have many of the following characteristics:

  • Substantial and in-depth knowledge of mathematical programming / optimisation, especially classical optimisation algorithms (for problems such as LP, QP, NLP etc.)
  • Experience in developing software either in high-level languages such as C/C++ or Fortran, or scripting languages such as Matlab or Python. Work on software with a significant numerical component is advantageous
  • Advanced degree (M.Sc. or Ph.D.) in numerical analysis or similar
  • Ability to quickly absorb new information
  • A desire to apply skills in code development to a commercial environment
  • An aptitude for helping practitioners to solve difficult problems efficiently

The role will encompass:

  • Developing and maintaining (testing, benchmarking, bugfixing) existing optimisation software in the NAG libraries
  • Helping a diverse team of numerical subject specialists and computer scientists to solve their own problems
  • Helping customers as part of NAG's support service
  • Contributing to future plans and the direction of NAG in your specialist domain
  • Regular contact with collaborators from industry and academic institutions
  • Providing project advice and implementing a range of solvers for clients
  • Opportunities to travel
  • Representing NAG at mathematical conferences and exhibitions
  • Continuing your personal and skills development

For more information and to apply for the position,…

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The UK Met Office is currently recruiting scientific software engineers (at varying levels of seniority). Please see the job advert below for more details. Closing date is 29th March 2015.


Met Office Scientific Software Engineers (varying levels of seniority)

£26,010-£35,040 depending on skills and experience + competitive benefits, including Civil Service Pension

Based in Exeter, Devon

About the role

As a world-leading climate research centre, we undertake scientific research into many aspects of climate and its variability and changes. Right now, we have a "big data" challenge on our hands with the EU Surface Temperature for All Corners of Earth (EUSTACE) project. Implementing and using novel statistical techniques, we're aiming to provide information on surface air temperature for every day since 1850 over "all corners of the Earth". EUSTACE is one of the most significant projects of its kind ever to be conducted and presents exciting challenges and a rewarding career opportunity for a Scientific Software Engineer to join us.

In this impactful role, you'll contribute to an important global system as you work with scientists and statisticians to turn statistical techniques into robust, efficient code that will enable the delivery of new EUSTACE products. Involved in the full development lifecycle, you'll design, code, test and document the system under an appropriate configuration management system. We'd like you to work collaboratively with scientists and statisticians, understanding their methods and taking prototype code to development. Joining our culture of…

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  • College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology Health Sciences
  • Salary Grade 8 - £40,847 to £45,954 per annum
  • Fixed term contract until 31 July 2016

The University of Leicester is ranked in the top 20 universities in Britain. A commitment to high quality fused with an inclusive academic culture led the Times Higher Education to describe the university as "elite without being elitist".

This specialised research position is designed to take forward high-level research projects within the Jisc funded BRISSkit programme of research. Innovative and novel approaches will be devised and implemented with the purpose of furthering understanding in the field and disseminating the results of studies to an international community of scientists.

You will have a PhD and extensive postdoctoral experience in a relevant research area, such as bioinformatics or medical informatics and clear evidence of research productivity, including the publication of at least three first-author papers in international journals Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to Dr Jonathan Tedds.

For further information and details about this position, read the job summary.