Professor Bart De Strooper is the founding director of the UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI).

He is a researcher in Alzheimer's disease, and supervises laboratories based in the UK DRI at the Francis Crick Institute in London and in the VIB laboratory at the KU Leuven in Belgium.

Bart De Strooper’s research is focussed on translating genetic findings into mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases and drug targets. He is best known for his work on the presenilins and gamma-secretase, and more recently for his work on the cellular theory of Alzheimer’s Disease.  He was elected to the Academy of Medical Sciences Fellowship in 2020, and has received several awards including the Potamkin prize, the Metlife Foundation Award for Medical Research, Alois Alzheimer’s prize, the highly prestigious Brain Prize 2018 and Commander in the Order of Leopold I.

Qualifications and history

KU Leuven
EMBL-Heidelberg, Germany
Visiting researcher
KU Leuven
Professor of Medicine
VIB - Vlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie
Assistant Director of the Deparment of Molecular Genetics
VIB Center for the Biology of Disease
Departmental Director
leuven Research Institute of Neurodegenerative Diseases
Founder and Co-Director of LIND
University College, London, UK
Professor of Neurodegenerative Diseases
UK Dementia Research Institute


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Bioinformatics Training Developer

Submitted by codeenigma-mas… on 12 October 2021

Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Core Facility


Reports to: Head of Bioinformatics Core Facility


This is a full-time, permanent position on Crick Terms and Conditions of Employment.



The position of Bioinformatics Training Developer within the Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Core Facility will provide support to the bioinformatics training and development needs of research scientists primarily RNA-Seq, ATAC-Seq, ChiP-Seq and single-cell RNA-Seq. There are 2000 research scientists at the Francis Crick Institute. The role-holder will be located within the Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Core in order to keep abreast of developments in the Bioinformatics field and assess the needs of researchers in the Institute.

The role-holder will be responsible for organising and facilitating bioinformatics training courses. Typically, 1- and 2-day courses are available to Francis Institute scientists.  The role holder will develop courses on topics such as R, Statistics and genomic analysis, and the role-holder will be responsible for maintaining and developing these courses. Course feedback and close monitoring of the rapidly changing Bioinformatics field will also inform opportunities for new courses. A major responsibility of the successful applicant will be to recruit instructors and demonstrators within the Institute and direct them into delivering a successful training programme.

This position will be part of an already existing Core team of 15 providing bioinformatics expertise to the Crick scientists.



In this role you will be asked to provide training in bioinformatics for Francis Crick research scientists.



These include but not limited to;

  • Run 1- and 2-day courses that comprise the Francis Crick Institute bioinformatics training programme
  • Assess training needs for research scientists within the Crick.
  • Schedule training course, recruit instructors from the pool of bioinformatics within the Francis Crick Institute.
  • Participate in the delivery of training courses either as the lead instructor or one of a number of instructors in a small team.
  • Maintain course materials and create new materials as required, maintain web-based list of courses to promote visibility and providing access to online materials.
  • Monitor course feedback and identify new training opportunities; develop metrics to assess impact of training and report to stakeholders.
  • Engage with wider training community, at other London Universities.



The post holder should embody and demonstrate our core Crick values: Bold, Imaginative, Open, Dynamic and Collegial, in addition to the following:



  • Higher degree in a relevant subject with an extensive analytical component e.g. bioinformatics, statistics, molecular biology or mathematics.
  • An understanding of programming, particularly with regard to big data, data visualisation and within a genomic or genetical environment.
  • Familiarity with the application of statistical techniques to biological data.
  • A basic knowledge of molecular biology, genetics, model organisms and possibly cancer biology.
  • A broad comprehension of high throughput genomic technologies.
  • A working knowledge of how to design and build data resources, and their use.



  • Considerable experience in bioinformatics or related biological field.
  • Demonstrable experience of programming in a higher level language (R/C/C++/Perl/Python).
  • Demonstrable experience of NGS analysis methodologies and protocols.
  • Preparation and delivery of training courses in Bioinformatics analysis techniques and/or tools.


Skills and Competencies

  • Proven ability in programming.
  • Works with minimal supervision, organising and prioritising own workload.
  • Excellent communication skills within a research environment, building highly effective working relationships within the team and also for training purposes
  • Excellent scientific analysis skills.



Please note: all offers of employment are subject to successful security screening and continuous eligibility to work in the United Kingdom. 36 1 Aengus Stewart Aengus Stewart Stp|Bioinformatics Core - Bioinformatics & Biostatistics Team - 1 (Aengus Stewart) Bioinformatics and Biostatistics R428 Search engines may index Yes Science 6 <p><i>Salary between £46,000-£52,000 per annum inclusive, subject to skills &amp; experience.</i></p>