Bioinformatic Scientist (Pipeline Development)

Bioinformatics & Software · Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Department Bioinformatics & Software
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

Our Company

CS Genetics is developing pathbreaking new technology for genomics, based on foundational scientific insights and sophisticated conceptual innovations in sequencing techniques. Our work will accelerate basic biologic research and enable lifesaving new clinical diagnostics. We have an extremely skilled team, a large global intellectual property estate, and amongst the most inventive, ambitious technology roadmaps in life science.


We are developing a radically-new, instrument-free product for single-cell sequencing with disruptive throughput and experimental ease. We are growing our Cambridge Bioinformatics team to help launch a new era of cellular analysis for research and medicine.

Position Summary 

We are looking for a creative and dynamic individual to join our Bioinformatics team to develop and support CS Genetics’ end-to-end bioinformatics pipelines for both our internal R&D needs and external users. The ideal candidate will combine experience in NGS data analysis with an interest in developing robust, reproducible informatic tools.  A key focus of this role is to work across multiple teams, requiring the ideal candidate to possess excellent communication skills.  This bioinformatics scientist will be routinely interacting with our internal R&D team to facilitate further technology development through pipeline improvements. 


This is an exciting opportunity to work with a highly innovative single cell technology and have direct influence on product development within a highly dynamic R&D team.  You will be instrumental in guiding the development of these pipelines from initial concept through to a fully automated streamlined process. As part of a small, highly-performing team you will have the opportunity to see how start-ups build and commercialise novel genomic approaches. You will have access to all the tools you need to build sophisticated analytical pipelines, develop new technical and professional skills and grow your career quickly. This role would suit candidates with various potential backgrounds, such as recent masters level or PhD graduates with an appropriate background wanting to move into a high growth start-up environment, or an experienced computational biologist who wants a new challenge with a great new technology.

Key Responsibilities

  • Help build a suite of bioinformatics pipelines to be developed in conjunction with CS Genetics’ novel single cell products.
  • Interact with CS Genetics’ broader R&D team to facilitate technology development through the addition of new pipeline features and analytical approaches.
  • Support the optimisation of our pipelines in terms of speed and cost.
  • Maintain and improve pipeline code quality through testing, defensive programming and documentation.

Required Skills and Background 

  • Demonstrable bioinformatics experience, such as a bioinformatics-related PhD or masters, or equivalent bioinformatics experience from working in industry or academia.
  • A good understanding of commonly used bioinformatics tools, such as STAR and samtools.
  • Three or more years experience writing code, including experience developing software or pipelines in one or more of Python, R and bash.
  • Excellent communication skills, as the role will involve liaising with wet and dry lab team members to inform pipeline design decisions.

Desired Skills and Background

  • Experience working with single cell technologies and datasets.
  • Experience building bioinformatics pipelines.
  • Experience in continuous integration and writing tests.
  • Experience working with Docker, git, and AWS.

What We Offer

  • Exceptional team within a very fast-growing startup
  • Mission driven startup looking to change how genomic data is generated and analysed
  • Opportunity to grow your skills and career quickly
  • Exceptional office/R&D workspace in central Cambridge – with regular free events, free food, company/community activities etc.
  • Next to Cambridge Station – excellent commute and great city centre location
  • Highly competitive package and equity scheme
  • Flexible working hours; visa sponsorship available for exceptional candidates

CS Genetics is not working with recruiters for this role; interested applicants must apply directly to the company.

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  • Location
    Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
  • Department
    Bioinformatics & Software
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience