Technical Innovator

Posted 11 October by Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

Salary range and grade depending on skills and experience, both include benefits package

£37,739 to £45,664 - Grade 2

£47,773 to £57,806 - Grade 1

We are seeking to appoint a visionary computer architecture researcher to join our IT team in the role of Technical Innovator. This unique, exciting and forward-thinking role will be at the cutting-edge of technology, defining the future of our hardware and software pathways to shape our organisation and Campus.

The Sanger Institute is a world leader in bioinformatics research for the benefit of human health. Specifically, our scientific niche is in large-scale, high-throughput biology, often incorporating systematic genome-wide screens. These are enabled by major data generation platforms in DNA sequencing, cellular genetics and mouse genetics with an accompanying large IT platform supporting computational data analysis.

To support such a vibrant, wide-ranging and creative research community, the Sanger Institute has one of the world's largest life science IT facilities. Our facilities currently provide research groups with HPC clusters that deliver more than 20,000 compute cores, 15 PB of high performance Lustre file systems and data repositories exceeding 16PB.

The recent addition of a Flexible Compute Environment, based on OpenStack and 100GB/s software defined networking, exceeds 6000 further CPU's and provides 1PB of high performance object storage to our customers. This new environment provides exciting opportunities to our research community both for collaboration and to embrace otherwise disruptive technologies as they come to market.

Such flexibility is key to our being able to adapt to the rapidly developing requirements of our scientific environment. Remaining at the leading edge of technology will be key to our IT strategy over the forthcoming years.

We are therefore delighted to announce that we are looking for an enthusiastic individual to compliment our existing IT staff. This exciting role is to look 5+ years ahead to what may be possible, rather than technology that is available today. You will evaluate how it aligns with our developing scientific challenges and how we can further engage with our strategic commercial and scientific IT partners to develop the solutions that we will need in the future.

For such a blue-sky research position, you should possess a mixture of talents and qualifications, and will be able to demonstrate:

  • A strong and creative problem-solving mentality.
  • An open and enquiring approach to IT, its challenges and how to overcome them.
  • Highly self-motivated and with a will to share and disseminate information
  • An ability to present new ideas and opportunities to a wider audience of both highly technical and non-technical audiences
  • Provide contributions to wider audiences through peer review papers and conference presentations and posters.
  • The proven ability to rapidly learn and evaluate new methods and tools
  • Excellent written, verbal and numerical skills.
  • Forward and independent thinking!

We believe that this post would be ideally suited to someone with a high degree in a computation or mathematic or scientific background. Specific knowledge of cloud or HPC technologies is desirable but a deep understanding and the implementation of today's IT technologies, such as machine learning and computation approaches is more important.

This is a fantastic opportunity to not just join a world leading genetics research institute but also to help shape its IT future!

Other Information:

For informal enquiries please contact Peter Clapham at

Genome Research Limited is an Equal Opportunity employer. As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and promoting equality in careers in science, we hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and have an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion programme of activity. We will consider all applicants without discrimination on grounds of disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law. We are open to a range of UK-based flexible working options including part-time or full-time employment as well as flexible hours due to caring or other commitments.

Closing date: 12th November, 2018

Reference: 36341403

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