Post-doctoral researcher bioinformatician Mycobacteriology

Organization: 
Institute of Tropical Medicine
Job Location: 
Antwerp, Belgium
Salary: 
• A salary set according to the pay scales of the ITM and the Flemish universities.
Job Description: 

Post-doctoral researcher bioinformatician Mycobacteriology

Department of Biomedical Sciences – Unit of Mycobacteriology

Assignment:
• You will be involved in a project to study the impact of an enhanced-case-finding strategy on tuberculosis transmission currently ongoing in The Gambia (±50% of your time).
• You will be involved in a project on the global spread and transmission dynamics of Myco-bacterium ulcerans in Benin and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (±50% of your time).
• You will apply state-of-the-art NGS methodology and bioinformatics.
• You will act as supervisor of students who write a master’s thesis and/ or PhD students.
• You will take part in capacity building activities within ITM and outside ITM, as well as peer review activities.
• You will develop your own research projects and apply for competitive research grants.

Requirements: 

Profile:
• You hold a relevant PhD degree in bioinformatics, or will complete such PhD degree prior to starting this position.
• You have experience with comparative genomics of prokaryotic organisms, basic script writing, sequencing pipeline development and phylogenetic analysis.
• Knowledge of biology and/or experience working with biologists would be an asset.
• Knowledge in statistics and/or mathematical modeling would be an asset.
• You have excellent knowledge of English. Fluency in French would be an asset, as well as (an interest in learning) Dutch.

Contact Information: 

Interested?
For more information about this position, please contact Prof. dr. Bouke de Jong, Head of the Mycobacteriology Unit (bdejong@itg.be, or +32(0)3247.65.90).

Applications with application form and motivation letter should be received by e-mail at Vacatures@itg.be, by October 18, 2013.

Please use the application form available as a download on www.itg.be/vacatures.

About Our Organization: 

Research context
The Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) is internationally recognized as a center of excellence for education, research and service delivery in the field of Tropical Infectious Diseases. Within the Department of Biomedical Sciences, the Unit of Mycobacteriology headed by Prof. de Jong, conducts studies to understand the evolution and transmission dynamics of tuberculosis and Buruli ulcer. The Unit has several collaborative projects with partners in endemic regions -among others in Benin, the Gambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. A position is opened in this group for a post-doctoral researcher who will contribute to this line of research using his/her expertise in comparative genomics and bioinformatics.