Pan African Bioinformatics Network for H3Africa


For 60 years now, our laboratories in The Gambia have been carrying out internationally competitive research and have established ourselves as the leading research centre in sub-Saharan Africa.  Perhaps more importantly, we continue to push forward into new and challenging areas.  We have developed an exciting new research agenda to reflect changes in national and global health priorities.  Our new science portfolio has been organised around four themes:  Maternal, Neonatal & Child Health, Disease Control & Elimination; Nutrition and Vaccinology.

The Vaccinology Theme is seeking a highly motivated Bioinformatics Scientist with expertise in statistical and computational techniques to develop novel computational approaches for analysis of next generation DNA sequencing data.
The post-holder will serve as a Bioinformatics Scientist and will be expected to demonstrate strong interest in projects aimed at understanding the effects of pneumococcal conjugate vaccines on the human microbiome using computational/analytic tools associated with new high-throughput genetic technologies. He/she will work as part of cross-functional teams composed of Molecular Microbiologists, Epidemiologists, Immunologists and Statisticians.

We seek someone with:

  • PhD with experience in a quantitatively focused field (e.g. bioinformatics, computational biology, computer science, bioengineering, statistics, or mathematics), or commensurate experience with a proven ability to function in a role with this level of responsibility.
  • Strong command of statistics and probability and their application to quantitative analyses.
  • 2+ years of programming experience with both compiled (Java preferred) and interpreted (Python required) languages. Experience with other languages is a plus.
  • Experience and comfort working in a Linux/Unix environment.
  • Proven track record analysing data for next-generation DNA sequencing and/or genomic analysis a strong plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to glean novel/key features from large-scale data sets.
  • Experience with genome-scale sequence manipulation.
  • Experience performing quantitative analyses on large genomic datasets. Willingness to independently analyze results from a next-generation DNA sequencer and help Molecular Biologists plan follow-on experiments.


  • Understanding of molecular biology and human genetics / genomics highly desirable.
  • Work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment. Proven teamwork and leadership skills. High creativity. Excellent communication skills and attention to detail.
  • Industry or production next generation DNA sequencing experience (e.g., product development and commercialization) a plus.
  • Record of publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Previous experience in human microbiome research
  • Previous experience working in developing countries.

The appointment will be to 31st December 2015.

An attractive salary will be paid in MRC’s Band 4a. For displaced staff the package will include additional allowances, furnished accommodation, annual flights to the base country and contribution to school fees for children.

If you are interested and have the skills and abilities for this position please contact the Human Resources Office ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) for an application form and a copy of the job description and person specification. Telephone enquiries can be made on +220 4495442/6 extension 1001.

Completed application forms together with a detailed CV and a covering letter should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. quoting reference GAM 19.

Closing date: 19th December 2014.
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