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Associate Professor - Bioinformatics (Uganda)

Medical Research Council

Salary:  £62,028 to £71,192 per annum, inclusive.
Closing Date:  Monday 10 June 2024
Reference:  MRC-MRC-2024-01-R

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is a world-leading centre for research and postgraduate education in public and global health. Our mission is to improve health and health equity in the UK and worldwide; working in partnership to achieve excellence in public and global health research, education and translation of knowledge into policy and practice. 

The post-holder will lead, coordinate and support bioinformatics activities at the Unit, and contribute to national and regional leadership in the area. They will support the Unit’s high-performance computing facility – Uganda Medical Informatics Centre (UMIC) project. The postholder will be embedded within research projects in the Unit and develop bioinformatics pipelines for the routine processing and analysis of sequence data. Unit research provides enormous opportunities for phylogenetic analysis, viral discovery, and other virology studies as well as a strong human genetics group and increasing interest in immuno-informatics. They will be expected to contribute to new research proposals, as well as publications. The post also includes responsibility to develop human capacity in bioinformatics, by contributing towards training of early- and mid- career researchers.

The postholder will have a PhD degree and substantial post-doctoral experience in pathogen bioinformatics as well as a proven understanding and experience in the fields of genomics, data processing, high-through put data analysis, and genomic databases.   Further particulars are included in the job description.

The post is full time, 35 hours per week, 1.0 FTE and fixed term until 31 March 2026. The post is funded by the MRC/UVRI & LSHTM Research Unit and is available immediately.

The salary will be on the Academic Pathway scale Grade 8 in the range £62,028 - £71,192 per annum (inclusive). The post will be subject to the LSHTM terms and conditions of service. Annual leave entitlement is 30 working days per year, pro rata for part time staff. In addition to this there are discretionary “Wellbeing Days”. Membership of the Pension Scheme is available. The post is based in Entebbe, Uganda at the MRC / UVRI & LSHTM Research Unit.

Applications should be made on-line via our jobs website. Online applications will be accepted by the automated system until 10pm of the closing date. Any queries regarding the application process may be addressed to

The supporting statement section should set out how your qualifications, experience and training meet each of the selection criteria. Please provide one or more paragraphs addressing each criterion. The supporting statement is an essential part of the selection process and thus a failure to provide this information will mean that the application will not be considered. An answer to any of the criteria such as "Please see attached CV" will not be considered acceptable. 

Please note that if you are shortlisted and are unable to attend on the interview date it may not be possible to offer you an alternative date.

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