Applications are invited for a Bioinformatics R&D Developer to join an expanding science-based SME. The successful candidate will work closely with other members of the Bioinformatics department on developing and benchmarking new and existing bioinformatics pipelines for our rapidly growing business. The role will report to the Lead Bioinformatics Developer and be a critical component of the Bioinformatics R&D team.

Applicants should have significant experience of developing and implementing bioinformatics analyses for metabarcoding and/or shotgun metagenomics. A particular understanding of biodiversity genomics, molecular ecology or phylogenetics is desirable.

The successful applicant will be comfortable working independently and as part of a wider team. They will be required to work closely with all members of the Bioinformatics team, taking requirements and input from our Bioinformatics Product Delivery and Bioinformatics Infrastructure teams to ensure we are able to meet our scale up challenges. They will also be required to work closely with the Products and Nature Intelligence teams to identify and develop new products for our customers.

NatureMetrics is a high growth SME leading the revolution in molecular biodiversity monitoring, enabling environmental managers to measure and monitor biodiversity with DNA-based tools. NatureMetrics has grown rapidly over the last five years and validated our technology in multiple industry sectors and regions of the world. We now have an exciting scale up plan backed by ambitious and supportive investors. We are a team of bright, enthusiastic individuals who are excited to be breaking new ground and disrupting the world of biodiversity monitoring. We take great pride in our work and are seeking new team members who will do the same.

The full specification can be found below. There is no fixed deadline for applications, and the position will be held open until we find the right candidate.

Roles & Responsibilities

General

  • Develop and evaluate metabarcoding analyses to meet the needs of customers
  • Work with the Lead Bioinformatician (Product Delivery) to solve bottlenecks while maintaining quality
  • Work with the Senior Bioinformatician (Infrastructure) to productionise applications and code in a high-throughput, scalable environment
  • Work with the Product and Nature Intelligence teams to develop bioinformatics components of new products

Communication

  • Provide clear communication to the Lead Bioinformatics Developer to support the timely and strategic development of Bioinformatics solutions
  • Attend regular team meetings with the wider team
  • Work collaboratively across the Bioinformatics team to understand needs
  • Provide clear insights to the wider team on tool selection and interpretation of results

Documentation

  • Own documentation of Bioinformatics products, including SOPs and explainers
  • Adhere to NatureMetrics code development guidelines
  • Develop KPI’s for continuous improvement of bioinformatics products

Person specification

The applicant will have a PhD in bioinformatics or metagenomics and postdoctoral or equivalent commercial experience in a relevant field.

Specialist knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Extensive experience of metagenomics/metabarcoding
  • Experience working with and benchmarking NGS bioinformatics pipelines
  • Significant experience with R and/or Python

It would also be an advantage to have:

  • Phylogenetics/Phylogenomics
  • Ecological statistics
  • Data visualisation
  • Familiarity with workflow solutions such as NextFlow and Snakemake
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and documentation skills
  • Attention to detail and the ability to meet deadlines

All applicants may be legally required to demonstrate the right to work/permission to work in the UK.