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Lead Bioinformatician - Head of GPHA

Lead Bioinformatician - Head of GPHA

Posted 24 November 2023 by Reed Talent Solutions

This vacancy is for a leadership role in GPHA, Genomics Public Health Analysis unit enabling the team to deliver cutting edge analysis in support of public health decision making.

GPHA’s functions include outbreak response, horizon scanning, emerging infections and developmental work. Work within the GPHA team is fast paced, responding quickly to changing public health needs. Functions of the team include horizon scanning for new COVID-19 variants; cluster analysis, used together with epidemiological investigation, to inform the understanding of how viruses are being transmitted throughout the population; development of new analysis methods for emerging pathogens, reactive analyses for major national outbreaks, and collaborative working with epidemiology, modelling and academic partners.

Responsibilities section:

The job holder will be required to carry out the following responsibilities, activities and duties:

  • Provide leadership for bioinformatics issues and service across the Unit including directing, coordinating, negotiating and decision-making to ensure robust bioinformatics services and developing a public health-focused R&D portfolio.
  • Build an effective team of bioinformaticians across the Unit and a coordinated network of bioinformatics activities.
  • Ensuring development of a TARZET Bioinformatics capability to meet the changing needs of public health microbiology and health protection. This will include having a lead role in bioinformatics and information systems to support the role out of genomics across the division.
  • To work with the team data managers and other relevant staff to ensure appropriate and effective management and linkage of genome data across the Division, to fully contribute to the discussions to ensure data standards and to help embed these technologies into routine laboratory service as appropriate.

The technical management, performance and continuing development of GPHA analysis capabilities including:

  • Develop, promote and monitor Bioinformatics policies, to apply across the whole Division, arising from interpreting national and governmental strategy and policy, and relevant legislation.
  • Plan, organise and implement highly complex projects affecting all Staff and Departments in the development of analysis capabilities, implementation and / or incident response.
  • To identify the on-going infrastructure needs for the delivery of genomic analysis services within TARZET, to contribute to scoping, cost and planning exercises to procure and implement the infrastructure.

Essential Criteria:

We are looking for an exceptional Senior Scientist.

It is important through your application and Statement of Suitability of 1000 words that you give evidence and examples of proven experience of each of the following criteria:


  • Minimum of 3 years working on bioinformatics in an infectious disease/public health context.
  • Minimum of two years’ experience in supervisory role developing and/or implementing bioinformatics systems.
  • Proven skills in a variety of bioinformatic scripting and web programming languages.
  • Extensive knowledge of specialist areas especially microbial genomics, Genome sequencing technologies.
  • Skills for direct line management and job management.


  • Experience of working at a senior level in specialist area

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Reference: 51686757

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