Bioinformatician - Natural History Museum: UK

The Natural History Museum (NHM) is looking for a Bioinformatics Developer and Trainer. The NHM is part of the Wellcome Trust funded project to sequence the genome of every eukaryote (over 60,000 species) in the British Isles as part of the Darwin Tree of Life (DToL). This presents the museum with a wonderful opportunity to combine new genome sequences with our unique collection of over 80 million specimens (including those that are hundreds or thousands of years old), state-of-the-art molecular laboratories, and scientific expertise covering nearly every type of life to unravel global biodiversity and improve our understanding on how each species has changed over hundreds of years, human impacts on the natural world, and our own food security.

You will work with the DToL team and across the NHM (~300 scientists) to maximise their ability to use the new genomics resources with NHM samples and expertise. In addition to the researchers, you will work with Core Research Lab bioinformaticians, and NHM HPC Systems Admin staff to developing easy to use pipelines e.g. Galaxy web interface based.  You will train PhD students and postdocs to use these pipelines, as well as develop bespoke bioinformatics solutions to answer biological questions.

The role will be based at the Natural History Museum in London, UK. It is a full-time, fixed-term post for 23 months. The starting salary is £37,243 p/a


  • You will have a PhD in a biological or computer science (or equivalent experience) with experience in bioinformatics e.g. at least one of the following: genome assembly, comparative genomics, sequence based genotyping or transcriptome/epigenome analysis
  • You will have experience with creating user-friendly analysis pipelines and data analysis environments e.g. using Galaxy, CyVerse or similar frameworks. You will be able to code in a modern object-oriented language (e.g. Python, Java).
  • Excellent communication skills will be crucial, whilst experience of teaching others especially bioinformatics is desirable.


Applications are made through the Natural History Museum’s careers portal. Closing date 8th March 2021.

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