BioSS 03-18 - Principal Researcher - Statistical Genomics & Bioinformatics

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Posted: 02/11/2018 12:40
Start Date: Not Available
Salary: Circa £49,271
Location: Edinburgh
Level: Hutton F
Deadline: 30/11/2018 17:00
Hours: Full time joint post with University of Edinburgh
Benefits: Generous
Job Type: Permanent

BioSS is one of the SEFARI, a collective of institutes to the Scottish Government's Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services Division (RESAS) delivering a portfolio of research for the Scottish Government's Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services Division (RESAS) in collaboration with scientists at the other SEFARI: the James Hutton Institute; the Moredun Research Institute; Scotland’s Rural College; the Rowett Institute; and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.  In addition, BioSS undertakes work for a wide variety of funders in the public and private sectors, either independently or in collaboration with scientists from other scientific organisations.

More information on the detail of the post and the post holder can be found below in the job description.

Main Purpose of Job
To lead BioSS quantitative research in Statistical Genomics and Bioinformatics. (Joint position with the School of Mathematics at the University of Edinburgh, BioSS percentage 65%).

Main duties of post holder

  • Oversee BioSS inputs to the RESAS Strategic Research Portfolio in the area of Statistical Genomics and Bioinformatics.
  • Represent BioSS externally by extending collaborative links with universities, institutes and commercial organisations.
  • Support statistical bioinformatics inputs to collaborative research projects across BioSS.
  • Conduct research into methodology for statistical bioinformatics with a clear link to the RESAS Strategic Research Portfolio.
  • Make applications for external funding and manage/deliver resulting projects as appropriate.
  • Take part in the development and delivery of BioSS training courses for scientists.
  • Contribute to the general management of BioSS by participating on the BioSS Management Group, taking responsibility for selected BioSS corporate activities.


The ideal candidate for this post will have:

  • a research track record of international standing and impact, including a substantial publication record, with evidence of methodological development to solve important problems arising in scientific research;
  • evidence of research leadership, including project initiation, a track record in securing funding for research and achievement of stated milestones and deliverables;
  • enthusiasm for collaborating with biological scientists;
  • good computing skills and an ability to develop methods in computationally intensive settings;
  • evidence of ability to plan, prepare and deliver excellent University teaching at all levels, including through the supervision of graduate students;
  • excellent communication and interpersonal skills.


  • PhD in a quantitative discipline with substantial quantitative and computational components.
  • Experience of the development of quantitative methodology to help address important scientific issues.
  • Project initiation and leadership.
  • Demonstrable record of methodological research in a relevant area.
  • Good programming ability, both with specialist bioinformatics software and ideally with source code.
  • Broad understanding of data types and quantitative issues relevant to research in the Scottish Government’s main research providers: also, evidence of engagement in the application of modern quantitative methods to address scientific problems.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • A research track record of international standing, including dissemination of research results through high quality publications and presentations at workshops and conferences.
  • Evidence of research leadership, including a track record in securing funding for research.
  • Commitment to excellence in teaching.
  • Evidence of excellence in undergraduate and postgraduate (MSc) teaching.
  • Evidence of ability to provide high quality supervision for PhD students and for MSc projects.
  • Evidence of leadership and innovation in teaching, and of the ability to participate in e-learning and online learning activities.
  • Demonstrable commitment to participating fully in organisational/academic affairs, including collaborative working.


  • Experience of analysing similar data types to those encountered by the SEFARI.
  • Evidence of substantial collaborations with scientists from relevant research communities.

For further information please visit The closing date for applications will be 17.00 GMT Friday 30th November 2018; the interview date is currently scheduled for Wednesday 19th December. Candidates selected for interview will be informed by Thursday 6th December.

Potential applicants may contact Professor Glenn Marion (, tel +44 (0) 131 650 4898) and Professor Ruth King (, tel +44 (0) 131 650 5947) in confidence to discuss the post.

BioSS has been awarded IIP Silver Status and is formally part of The James Hutton Institute, a Scottish charity No. SC041796 and an equal opportunities employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. As women are under-represented in our BioSS team applications from qualified women would be particularly welcome.

We will not consider the use of 3rd party recruitment agencies for the sourcing of candidates for this position.  

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