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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 06/07/2020.

Bioinformatician (Genetics) Band 7

Job Reference: 284-20-DWJI-219

Employer:
Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust
Department:
Genetics Lab
Location:
Birmingham Women's Hospital
Salary:
£38,890 to £44,503 pa

If you are Ambitious, Brave and Compassionate there has never been a more exciting time to join our team. Ambitious and proud to provide world-class care everyone who works at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust team plays an important role in making our hospitals the incredible places they are. Our vision is to build a world leading team to deliver world class care.

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust are committed to creating the best place to work, where all staff can reach their full potential. We believe in promoting and enhancing inclusion, diversity and equality and welcome and encourage applications from all areas of the community, who meet the criteria for the role, regardless of age, gender, disability, race, religion or sexual orientation. We look forward to receiving your application.


Bioinformatician (Genetics) Band 7

 

An exciting opportunity has arisen in the West Midlands Regional Genetics Laboratory (WMRGL) in Birmingham, to join our dynamic team of scientists. The post is for an HCPC registered clinical scientist (or someone preparing for registration) specialising in bioinformatics to assist our diverse team of clinical scientists. Applications are invited for skilled and motivated Bioinformaticians with an interest in human genetics.

 

Over the last few years, the portfolio of genomic testing has significantly expanded with the introduction of large gene panels and exomes, creating an increase in workload and in the complexity of analysis and reporting. This post will support the management and delivery of the Clinical programmes and will have a key role in these and future developments including the introduction of whole genome sequencing as part of the National Genomics Service in England.

Following the 2018 NHS England designation of seven national Genomic Laboratory Hubs (GLHs), the West Midland Regional Genetics Laboratory (WMRGL) is the designated GLH leading the Genomic Local Laboratory Network (GLLN) for the Wessex, Oxford and West Midlands Genomics Consortium (WOWMGC) as part of a national world class Genomics Laboratory Network.

The GLHs will be an integral part of the national Genomic Medicine Service providing state of the art, high quality genomic analysis to patients with rare disease and/or cancer. The pace of change is exponential with genomics being placed at the heart of the future NHS. Our workforce will be fundamental to the successful delivery of this ambitious and high profile service.

The West Midlands Regional Genetics Laboratory is based at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS FT sitting within the Division of Genetics. Over the last 8 years WMRGL has significantly expanded its research portfolio, securing over £5 million of R&D funding for projects covering a diverse spectrum of genetic disorders. WMRGL also hosts the Central England Haemato-oncology Research Biobank (CEHRB). We work closely with our WM Clinical Genetics Service; with the National School of Healthcare Science; with the University of Birmingham, in particular, the Institute of Cancer and Genomics Sciences; and with diagnostic and pharmaceutical industries.

We are committed to training and developing our staff at all levels and have active seminar and research programmes supporting Continuing Professional Development.

 

The successful candidate will have a degree in Computer Science or a Health Informatics discipline and be a clinical bioinformatician who is HCPC registered or preparing for registration. Experience in next generation sequencing, quality management, web development and database management is essential.

 

You will provide bioinformatics support to scientists engaged in the provision of genetic services as well as in research projects, working closely with staff across the department and at the University of Birmingham. You will be responsible for the testing, validation and implementation of analytical pipelines required to analyse genomic data (including next generation sequencing, microarray, and other emerging technologies) for a broad range of clinical diagnostic and research applications, including whole exome and whole genome analysis. A key priority will be supporting our growing cancer genomics services program, developing, validating and deploying tools to detect NTRK fusions as part of the recently updated national guidance on cancer testing. Expertise is also required for rapid exome analysis, including pipeline development and scalable, distributed analysis solutions.

 

You will also play a significant role in the development of bioinformatic validation tools to assist in the interpretation of genetic variants across the department and wider GLH. You will work closely with the departmental Lead Bioinformatician to implement cutting edge bioinformatic approaches to routine diagnostic pipelines. You are encouraged to stay current in scientific literature and advise on strategy relevant to bioinformatics as well as networking with other bioinformatic groups within the GLH, NHS, academia and industry.

 

Birmingham Women's & Children’s NHS Foundation Trust is committed to providing equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment, to every member of staff and to all potential employees.  The Trust aims to build a workforce which is valued and whose diversity reflects the communities it serves, enabling it to deliver the best possible healthcare service to those communities.

 

For further information about the post please contact Dr Samuel Clokie (Phone: 0121 335 8036).

 

Applicants should apply via NHS jobs using reference : 284-20-DWJI-219

 

Closing Date:  6/7/20                                      Interview date:            week commencing 20th July

 




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