Bioinformatics software engineer - Prof Crispin Miller

Laboratory Name: Computational Biology Group

Salary Range: from £32,587 to £53,158 (Depending on qualifications and experience)

Contract term: Four-year fixed term contract.

About us

The CRUK Beatson Institute is a cancer research institute, situated in Glasgow with approximately 250 researchers split across 30 research groups consisting of PIs, postdoctoral scientists, PhD students and scientific officers. It is one of Europe's leading cancer research centres, supporting cutting-edge work into the molecular mechanisms of cancer development. As well as core support from Cancer Research UK, the Institute also receives an additional third of its total income from external grants and industry collaborations. It has an excellent reputation for fundamental cancer research, including world-class metabolism studies and renowned in vivo modelling of tumour growth and metastasis. Its research ethos is about excellence, honesty, openness, accountability, and integrity.

Project Outline

PREDICT-Meso is a multidisciplinary, international endeavour that connects world-class Mesothelioma research teams, enabling them to build critical infrastructure and deliver a transformative programme of pre-clinical and clinical research, and to share new knowledge quickly with global partners.

A position is available within the Computational Biology group to develop bioinformatics software to support the analysis and sharing of multiomics data arising from the PREDICT-Meso Accelerator Network.

The post will focus on developing the bioinformatics infrastructure required to support data sharing and dissemination within the PREDICT-Meso network. This will involve joining a data modelling and bioinformatics team to develop tools and processes to support comparative-multiomics analysis, the upload of data into public genome repositories and data portals, alongside the design and implementation of workflows that encapsulate multiomics data and their associated clinical annotation in R/BioConductor objects. These will be used to support data exchange between computational biologists and bioinformaticians around the world.

The successful applicant will have a PhD or Masters degree in bioinformatics, computational biology, computer science or a related discipline OR an undergraduate degree in computer science or a related discipline with a proven track record in software engineering. They will have significant software development experience and excellent coding skills and will relish bringing these skills to bear in a highly dynamic and collaborative environment. Significant experience coding in R, while not a pre-requisite, would confer a significant advantage, as would direct knowledge of working with genomics data.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

    Our overarching research ethos at the Institute is about excellence, honesty, openness, accountability and integrity. The diversity of our staff and students is also what makes the Institute such a vibrant place to work and advance discoveries in cancer research. Family friendly policies, our collaborative ethos, a focus on good mental health and well-being and opportunities for all help to create an enjoyable and inclusive workplace where your voice matters.

    The Institute is also committed to increasing the number of female scientists at the postdoc level and beyond and encourages female applicants to apply. We have a highly attractive maternity policy which provides 12-18 months support and funding for postdocs wishing to take time off to spend with their children amongst other family friendly policies.

    Employee Benefits

    • Competitive salary
    • 40.5 days annual leave including bank holidays (pro-rata)
    • Defined Contribution pension scheme
    • Life Insurance scheme
    • Employee Assistance Programme
    • Season ticket loan
    • Additional maternity pay at 6 month’s full pay (subject to service)
    • Shared parental leave
    • Cycle to work scheme that could save you 26-40% on a bike and accessories.
    • Access to Employee benefit schemes with discounts on supermarkets, cinema, travel and much more.
    • On-site secure parking

    For informal enquiries please email Professor Crispin Miller at

    Closing Date: 31 March 2023 but we may contact promising candidates on a rolling basis, so please apply as soon as you are ready.