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Computational biology post open at OGT

Edit: The position is now filled, and we’ve welcomed Luke Goodsell to the group!

Continuing the theme of job adverts as blog posts, we’re currently seeking someone to join the growing Computational Biology group at OGT.  Microarrays are a big part of OGT’s portfolio, and this post is all about the arrays.  This is a new post, and will report to our design expert Duarte Molha:

A Computational Biologist is required to join Oxford Gene Technology’s (OGT) Computational Biology group. The successful applicant will deliver microarray designs for internal R&D projects, Genefficiency Services and CytoSure products. The individual will also be involved in advancing OGT’s expertise in probe and array designs.

We are seeking a highly motivated and innovative individual with a numerate background combined with a solid understanding of molecular biology. Programming skills (Perl is essential; Java or Python are desirable) and scripting skills (awk, sed, bash) applied in a heterogeneous computing environment (Windows, Linux) are essential, as are good attention to detail and customer focus. Experience with MySQL, PHP and version control (git) is desirable, as are experience in handling large datasets, and experience in a commercially led environment.

You must be a team player with strong communication skills. Well-developed time-management skills and good organisation are important to the role.

An undergraduate degree in Computational Biology, Molecular Biology or a related discipline is required, preferred would be a Master’s degree.

We offer a competitive salary together with an excellent benefits package.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please complete the online application form, attaching your CV and ensuring to state your salary expectations within the covering letter section. Alternatively, email the required information to hr@ogt.com. We will only accept applications from candidates who are legally permitted to work in the UK.

OGT NGS Team seeking a placement student

1330361778Edit: We found ourselves a student, and we’ve welcomed Agatha Treveil to the team!

Every year we take on a placement/sandwich student from a UK University and have them work within the NGS Team in the Computational Biology group at Oxford Gene Technology.

This year is no different, and we’re looking for someone to start somewhere in the July/August 2014 window to work with us for a year.

Our previous students have come from a number of institutions, and one has not only won a Cogent Life Sciences skills award for “Placement of the Year”, but has also joined the NGS Team after graduating. Traditionally we’ve recruited from Natural Sciences, Biomedical Sciences and Biochemistry undergraduate courses – no previous bioinformatics or programming skills are required, just a willingness to deal with lots of DNA and RNA-Seq data in a commercial environment. The post involves exome sequencing, targeted resequencing and RNA-Seq analysis (whole transcriptome, small RNA) and would be coming in at an exciting point as we start to broaden our NGS services.

This is very much a ‘hands on’ position, and we specialise in taking in biologists and having them leave as bioinformaticians.

Here’s the full text of the advert:

Computational Biology (salary approx £14K p.a)
We are looking for a candidate who has (or would like to develop) programming skills and an interest in biology; is keen to learn new techniques, gain experience in a biotechnology company, and who has a particular interest in the interface of numerical methods and life sciences.

The placement will potentially involve projects in all of our scientific areas, but will begin with a focus on Next Generation Sequencing analysis where the student will learn pipeline development and data analysis. The student will gain experience working with clinical and academic scientists, and an understanding of the data processing aspects of the most exciting experimental technologies currently being applied in biological and clinical research and practice.

To apply for this position, please send your CV and covering letter (clearly stating you wish to apply for the industrial placement and which position you are applying for) to hr@ogt.com or by post to:
HR, Oxford Gene Technology, Begbroke Science Park, Begbroke Hill, Woodstock Road, Begbroke, Oxfordshire, OX5 1PF

Closing date for entries 30 April 2014
For further information about OGT please visit http://www.ogt.com/

Two posts available at Oxford Gene Technology

So we have two positions currently open at OGT – one in the Computational Biology group and one as a Product Manager for Next Generation Sequencing.  The post reports to the Directory of Strategic Marketing at OGT and is aimed at an experienced product manager, preferably with experience in the NGS space.  You can read about that position by following the link.

The position within the Computational Biology group is not a full-time NGS position (and therefore you may be pleased to know, would not report directly to me!).  The previous post holder was responsible for a great deal of the array analysis that is required to develop microarray products (a core part of OGT’s business) but was called upon to support NGS work when required.  Candidates with a good statistical grounding are being sought, and experience with microarray data analysis is advantageous.  The full post description can be found by following the link.

CV’s for both posts to be directed to hr@ogt.com