Once a biological sample has been sequenced, the information needs to be structured by a bioinformatician and put into a pipeline so it can be analysed. This job role requires advanced computer science expertise as the bioinformatician must be able to take large outputs of data and create a NGS pipeline so it can be analysed in a structured way.READ MORE
The pipeline programme for the data is created using a universal computer language like Python, so candidates in this field need to have relevant skills and experience of software development and building platforms for data analysis. All data and analysis will be recorded in a central database, so candidates should also be familiar with LIMS or Bioconductor systems.
Job opportunities are many and varied and include high profile clinical studies like the Genomics England 100,000 Genomes Project. If the subject matter being researched is more chemistry-based, the equivalent job role would be cheminformatician.
The starting salary for a bioinformatician or cheminformatician is £35,000.