Bioinformatics Job Offered - UK

Jo Dicks jo.dicks at bbsrc.ac.uk
Thu Sep 3 05:12:58 EST 1998


BIOINFORMATICIST/COMPUTER PROGRAMMER

A post is available in the Bioinformatics Group at the John Innes Centre
in Norwich,
UK (http://jiio8.jic.bbsrc.ac.uk/)  The post is one of six within the
BBSRC-funded
UK Crop Plant Bioinformatics Network (UK CropNet -
http://synteny.nott.ac.uk/) and
focuses on the comparative genome data of a number of plant species. The
successful
applicant will be given the opportunity to design and implement software
using novel
computer techniques and languages. Communication with other
bioinformatics groups in
the UK and worldwide is also a priority of the project. The post
involves development
within three areas:

   * The development and curation of a comparative mapping database
     (ComapDB), which uses the ACEDB
     (http://www.sanger.ac.uk/Software/Acedb/Acedocs/) database
     management software.
   * The development of a multi-species distributed computing
     environment, using CORBA (http://www.omg.org/).
   * The creation of new software tools and algorithms for the analysis
     of comparative genome data.

Much of the new software will be written for the World Wide Web in Java,
although current expertise in this is not essential. The successful
applicant will have the opportunity to work under his/her own initiative
and should be strongly motivated.

Qualifications

Applicants should have a first degree in computer science or in biology.
A postgraduate
qualification, particularly in some form of bioinformatics, would be
helpful. Some experience of computer programming is essential.  Ability
in one or more of Java, C++,
C and CORBA programming would be an advantage, as would familiarity with
UNIX, Windows NT, WWW and the ACEDB database.

Salary

The appointment will be initially until 31st March 2000. Further funding
of UK CropNet
until 2003 is currently under review. Appointment will be made at Pay
Band 6 or 7,
dependent upon qualifications and experience, within the salary range
£13,700 to £19,000 per annum, with these figures currently under review.
The John Innes Centre is an Equal Opportunities Employer and operates a
non-contributory superannuation scheme.

How to apply

Application forms may be obtained by writing to the Personnel Officer,
John Innes Centre, Norwich Research Park, Colney, Norwich, Norfolk, NR4
7UH, UK quoting reference COM/488. Alternatively forms may be requested
by email from the Personnel Officer at "JICPERS at BBSRC.AC.UK". Completed
applications should be postmarked on or before 18th September 1998.

The John Innes Centre is a Registered Charity (No. 511709), grant aided
by the
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.
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