HPC Systems Administrator at the Royal Brompton

The Royal Brompton Hospital are looking for a Bioinformatician & Systems Administrator to support their growing Genetics & Genomics Laboratory. The role will be working with a dynamic and diverse team investigating the genetic basis of heart disease, supporting our HPC cluster/storage, leading on the development of a data warehousing solution for NGS data, and with scope to be involved in the research activities of the group (NGS data analysis).

Deadline 21st April 2014

Please apply here:


New RSE Website Launched


Developing good software in academia can be challenging. Short-term grants and pressure to write papers often conflict with good development practices. The Software Sustainability Institute believes that Better Software leads to Better Research and they’re helping to build a community to promote and support the role of Research Software Engineers.

If you’re developing software in research, check out the new RSE community website- www.rse.ac.uk and sign up to the mailing list.

Bioinformatics / Stat Gen PostDoc @ KCL

From Mike Weale:

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Bioinformatics / Statistical Genetics
King’s College London

The post-holder will spearhead computational and statistical analyses of expression quantitative trait locus (eQTL) and allele-specific expression (ASE) signals in a large and ongoing study of the genetic regulation of multiple human brain tissues. Analyses will combine genomewide SNP data with whole-transcriptome RNA-seq data. Development of novel statistical genetic methods relevant to on-going studies will be strongly encouraged.

There are many computational and statistical challenges to be addressed. Correlations in expression levels among tissues and genes will need to be adequately accounted for in the downstream analysis, as will heterogeneity in eQTL strength among tissues and among alternative transcripts for the same gene. The appointee will benefit from being part of an important internationally recognized project, and will receive support from data analysis teams at both King’s College London (KCL) and University College London (UCL).

Applications are welcome from candidates with a PhD in a relevant subject area with experience of analysing scientific data. Competency in both statistics and especially programming (HPC computing, R/python or equivalents) are essential requirements.

**Important** The KCL component of this post will last until 31 March 2015, at which point the post-holder will be invited to apply for the equivalent post at University College London for an additional 15 months. Thus while the post duration is officially 16 months, the transfer to UCL for an additional 15 months should be more or less automatic given the project-specific relevant skills that the post-holder will have at that point.

The appointment will be made, dependent on relevant qualifications, within the Grade 6 scale, currently £33,654 – £39,705 per annum, plus £2,323 London Weighting Allowance.

For informal enquiries about the post please contact Dr Michael Weale at michael.weale@kcl.ac.uk
Formal application must be through the KCL online application system, available via the KCL website for this post:


Job Ref: WMGA94513MK
Closing date for applications: 13 Jan 2014

Bioinformatics job at the Crick


Article in the THE about Research Software Engineers


Research Software Engineer Workshop

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Are you a Research Software Engineer?

  • Are you employed to develop software for researchers?
  • Are you a researcher who now spends more time developing software than conducting research?
  • Are you employed as a postdoctoral researcher, even though you predominantly only on software development?
  • Are you the “person who does computers” in your research group?
  • Are you not named on research papers despite playing a fundamental part in developing the software used to create that research?
  • Do you lack the metrics needed to progress your career in research – like papers and conference presentations – despite having made a significant contribution with software?

Yes? Then you should come along to the Workshop for Research Software Engineers organised by the Sofware Sustainability Institute on September 11th in Oxford.

The workshop will be a chance to network with other people who are in similar roles, learn from other people’s experiences and help increase the recognition of software development as a role in academic research.

More details: http://www.software.ac.uk/workshop-research-software-engineers

Regisration: http://workshopforresearchsoftwareengineers.eventbrite.co.uk/

Text Mining Electronic Medical Records

Richard Dobson’s Bioinformatics group at KCL are running a week long course on developing applications to mine information from free text using the GATE framework developed at the University of Sheffield. There will be a focus on mining medical records, however the techniques will be applicable to other domains and participants fro other fields are welcome.

More details and registration at http://core.brc.iop.kcl.ac.uk/events/text-analytics-using-gate/