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  • Head of BRC Informatics Core Job - London

    Last chance to apply!

    Contract type Fixed Term Contract 31/03/2017
    Salary £51,471 to £62,162 pa inc. HCA
    Hours 37.5 hours per week
    Closing 03 Oct 2012 23:59
    Job ref HJUK/196-BRC0247

    The NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and King's College London

    Guy's and St Thomas' is one of the largest hospital trusts in the country, with a staff of almost 12,000, a turnover of over £1 billion and one million patient contacts a year. The trust is part of King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre, a pioneering collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts. As one of only 5 AHSCs in the UK, it consists of our Trust, King's College London, and King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts.

    The Biomarkers, Co-Diagnostics & Imaging Cluster provides interdisciplinary skills in biomarker discovery, biobanking, co-diagnostics, imaging and proof of principle clinical trials. Translational Genetics will transform the impact of translational biomarker research. The Cluster will provide an integrated platform for a step change in innovative development of novel biomarkers and co-diagnostics. Three initial programmes including Biomarkers and Co-diagnostics in chronic inflammatory disease and transplantation; Biomarkers in Cardiovascular (CV) Disease and Multimodality cancer imaging will take advantage of expertise in disease relevant pathways and biobanking to establish correlative biomarkers with clinical interventions in an iterative learn and confirm approach.

    This is a high profile role to lead the BRC’s Bioinformatics Core within the Biomarkers, Co-diagnostics, Imaging and Devices Cluster (BCID). The successful applicant will be responsible for both the development of the strategic direction of the Core and overseeing the daily operations of its staff, including prioritisation of their workload. You will be responsible for delivering high level bioinformatics support, data management and data security to researchers, and will advise on the design and execution of research programmes and administration of the BRC computational cluster.

    You will be encouraged to develop original analytical approaches to BRC research programmes and will play a major role in developing solutions for the large amount of DNA / RNA microarray and sequencing data being generated in the Genomics Core Facility, particularly in relation to next-generation sequencing."

    In addition, you will proactively monitor developments in bioinformatics analysis and provide strategic advice to the BCID Cluster Board on the acquisition of new software and storage platforms to ensure that the core provides state-of-the-art bioinformatic services, and be required to develop business plans for the Core. Development of strategic links with the Bioinformatic Team at the South London & Maudsley/Institute of Psychiatry’s Biomedical Research Centre and Biomedical Research Unit in Dementia is also a key role.

    You will possess extensive bioinformatic analysis experience in an NHS/academic or industry R&D environment and have considerable experience of managing a bioinformatic core facility. Educated to PhD level or equivalent in an appropriate discipline (e.g., computer science, bioinformatics, mathematics, you will be able to demonstrate significant proficiency with relational databases (MySQL or similar) and programming in Perl, Python or Java (or equivalent).

    You will possess excellent communication and negotiating skills and be able to demonstrate a track record of effective leadership, providing clear focus and direction and translating strategic plans into individual and team goals and objectives.

    Interview date: 26th October 2012.

    Please note that we will only accept online applications. If you experience any difficulties with the online application process please contact 020 7188 0521.

    Guy's and St Thomas' is committed to fair pay for all its staff. Benefits include: Final Salary Pension Scheme, Swimming Pool and Fitness Centres, Knowledge & Information Centre, Social Clubs, On-site Nursery (limited places) and access to a Childcare & Families Support Team. The Trust aims to help staff balance work and home life.

    Applications are welcomed from applicants with a disability. We can make reasonable adjustments and offer support and advice in a variety of ways throughout the application process. Equality of opportunity is our policy.

    Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults

    All employees have a responsibility for safeguarding children and vulnerable adults in the course of their daily duties and for ensuring that they are aware of the specific duties relating to their role.

    Please apply for this post on-line. If you have problems with using the online process, or need any assistance, please contact the "Recruitment Consultant" detailed below. Training sessions with a member of the recruitment team, in using the online application forms are held at the KIC - Knowledge & Information Centre (Ground Floor St Thomas' Hospital) on Tuesdays from 12.00 14.00 for those requiring additional support.

    Your e-mail address is important to us.

    We communicate to all job applicants via the e-mail address which has been provided on the application form. Please ensure that you check your e-mail on a regular basis.

    If you decide to apply for this post but do not hear back from us within three weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been short-listed on this occasion.

    For further details / informal visits contact
    To discuss this post in more detail please contact Chris Mathew at [email protected]. Further information relating to the BRC can be found at

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