Science and technology are increasingly linked, and this is very apparent in the growing field of bioinformatics. Bioinformatics describes the branch of life sciences which uses computational methods to analyse biological data. People working in this sector are predominantly ‘bench’ scientists, who prepare samples (e.g. blood, saliva) and sequence them using special analysis machines to collect genetic and biological information for medical research and drug development purposes.READ MORE
The machines analysing the samples create massive amounts of data, which then needs to be analysed to spot patterns and trends.
Bioinformatic job roles are many and varied, but most people working in the field will have degree-level education and experience in both computers and science. Some candidates will come into the sector as computer scientists and transfer their skills to biology; others will be biologists who have learned computer programming.
Starting salaries for bioinformatics jobs depend on skills and experience – for an entry level position, such as Bioinformatician, Bioinformatics Analyst or Software Developer candidates will earn £30,000. For Computational Scientist, Data Scientist, Epidemiologist and Statistical Geneticist roles, the salaries increase to upwards of £60,000. Jobs may be based at a research facility, a university or institute or at a pharma company.
The field of genomics is paving the way for more effective medical treatments than ever before. Based on a patient’s individual genetic make-up and flagged sequences or mutations, genomics research can not only tell us the diseases that a person is most at risk from now or in the future, but also how they will respond to particular treatments.
Paramount Recruitment searches the UK and beyond to find the best talent for the bioinformatics sector. If you have a mind for computers and science, check out some of the roles that this growing sector offers below or see our current bioinformatic job vacancies here.