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Head of Scientific Computing (Fixed Term)


Location: Wellcome - MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute, University of Cambridge

Basis: Fixed Term – until 30 June 2022 in the first instance (subject to renewal thereafter)

Salary: £39,992 - £50,618

Closing Date: 28 August 2018

Reference: PS16334

Applications are invited for an individual of outstanding ability to take up this important strategic post supporting the Wellcome - MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute (CSCI). The CSCI is a world-leading centre for stem cell research with the mission to transform human health through a deep understanding of stem cell biology.  The CSCI spans three University Schools (Biological Sciences, Clinical Medicine and Physical Sciences) and heads an Interdisciplinary Research Centre involving two additional Schools (Schools of Technology and Humanities and Social Sciences). More details can be found here:

Later this year the whole of the CSCI (30 research groups currently based in six different buildings) will relocate to the new Capella building on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. As part of this step-change for stem cell research in Cambridge, there is a new and exciting opportunity for a Head of Scientific Computing who will be responsible for the creation of the scientific computing and bioinformatics vision for CSCI and for its delivery by a team of scientific computing and bioinformatics specialist researchers.

The postholder will take responsibility for the core Scientific Computing and Bioinformatic team, will be a source of expertise as well as contribute to institute-wide training, and provide a strategic lead in the area of Scientific Computing and Bioinformatics for the whole Institute. The latter will involve regular meetings with research group leaders to shape both current and future research projects. The successful candidate will also work closely with the Capella IT Manager to develop and maintain the bioinformatics and scientific computing infrastructure and to establish a framework for scientific data management. They will also oversee the installation and maintenance of scientific support databases, will work closely with the CSCI Imaging Manager on the archiving and computational analysis of scientific images, and provide strategic leadership for CSCI’s wider interactions on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus in the areas of scientific computing and bioinformatics.

This is an excellent opportunity for a strong leader with a proven track record of building and developing a team responsible for providing high performance computational analysis and research collaboration/support in a life science environment. This dynamic individual will have significant expertise and achievements in high-performance scientific computing systems, and a deep understanding of scientific research processes. It is essential that they should also display strong technical knowledge combined with excellent interpersonal and influencing skills. An understanding of modern concepts of stem cell biology is not essential, but will be an advantage. For more information about this role, please contact Professor Bertie Gottgens (

The closing date for applications is 28th August 2018, with details of interview to be confirmed.

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