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Next-generation crop trait discovery and implementation

Computational Biology Lead

£45k – £55k • 1.0% – 5.0%
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The Company

At Phytoform Labs Ltd we are building a platform to discover and implement new plant traits to change the way crops are created. We see a lack of innovation in the agricultural space around the crops themselves, so we are building a team to help rectify the situation. We have exciting growth plans over the next year and are looking for a talented computational biologist to build our computational biology team. We are based at the world leading plant science institute Rothamsted Research just outside of London, United Kingdom.

The Role

If you are looking for a new challenge and a leading role then this job is for you. We are looking for core team member to lead a bioinformatics team to develop software to find novel genetic traits in crops. If you have been part of a team but now want to lead the team and develop a project from the ground up then you would be a great fit.

You will:
• Develop the AI driven software for crop trait identification
• Implement traits identified using our high throughput genome editing platform
• Build and manage your team
• Introduce new strategies for trait identification

Requirements

• PhD level computational biology skills, particularly around machine learning
• Able to handle and analyse big sequence data
• Fluent in Python and R, proficient in the use of linux operating system, familiar with mathematical statistics and associated tools.
• Able to work both independently and part of a team
• Be able to manage a team
• Able to communicate ideas clearly to a multidisciplinary team

You get extra points if you:
• Know some C/C++
• Have previous experience in start ups
• Some experience in wet lab processes and genome editing
• Love plants as much as we do

What we offer

• A competitive salary and an equity stake in the company as the founder of the computational biology team
• The chance to work with a multidisciplinary team changing agriculture
• A flexible working arrangement: early or late working with core hours of 10am-4pm
• Being able to occasionally work from home
• Access to a gym, tennis courts and ping pong
• Access to the cycle to work scheme

Phytoform Labs at a glance

Next-generation crop trait discovery and implementation

Phytoform Labs focuses on Biotechnology. Their company has offices in Harpenden. They have a small team that's between 1-10 employees.

You can view their website at http://www.phytoformlabs.com

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