Bioinformatic research generates a huge amount of data, and making sense of it requires the expertise of people who have the right computer and mathematical skills to process the information. Data science jobs don’t really require too much life sciences experience, but they do require a strong academic background in data, computer science and/or maths.READ MORE
A data scientist needs to be able to bring together large amounts of information, sometimes from different sources, and find the best way of sorting it for analysis using algorithms and statistical methodology. Data scientists working in commercial fields – like advertising or online gambling – can apply their knowledge to life sciences, as the fundamentals are the same.
Under the wider umbrella of data scientist roles, there are a number of jobs which require data science skills and experience – for example data wrangler and data curator. A data wrangler (yes, it’s a real thing) herds the relevant information and biomarkers from the bioinformatic scientific research so that an analyst can make sense of the data.
A data curator pulls together information from a number of different sources so that they can be combined and studied together. Data curation roles could be based at research organisations or pharma companies, so there is lots of avenues to explore.
Data scientist salaries start at £40,000 for an entry level role, and move up to £90,000 for more senior positions.