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Post-Doc positions in Bioinformatics

Uinv. of Haifa, Institute of Evolution, Lab. of Subterranean Mammals Biology
Job Location
Lab. of Subterranean Mammals Biology, Institute of Evolution,Uinv. of Haifa, ISRAEL,
$30K - $40K according to performance and progress

Be a part of A breakthrough project in Cancer Research

Job Description

SCIENTIFIC BACKGROUND We are working with the hypoxia-tolerant (down to 3% O2), long-lived (>20 years) subterranean blind mole-rat, Spalax, which shows an outstanding cancer-resistance and anti-cancer capabilities. Observations of thousands of individuals at our Institute have never noticed a spontaneous malignant tumor. Furthermore, we have found in Spalax different structure and function of major genes related to cancer (p53, heparanase, genes of antioxidant defense and DNA-repair genes). Assessment of Spalax transcriptome assembly and expression data has revealed enrichment of genes that overlap cancer resistance, apoptosis, angiogenesis, and hypoxia-tolerance and elicits much wider and stronger expression in Spalax than in rat (Malik et al, 2012, BMC genomics, 13, 615). Moreover, Spalax has shown extremely high cancer-resistance to chemical carcinogens that induced cancer in 100% of mice and rats. Most intriguing, fibroblast cells only from Spalax, but not from other species, inhibit growth and kill cancer cells, but not normal cells, from various tissues and species, most importantly a wide range of human cancer cells. This is exhibited in both co-culture system or by exposure to factors secreted into conditioned media harvested from Spalax fibroblasts. Decreased cancer cell viability and proliferation, reduced colony formation in soft agar, disturbed cell cycle progression, chromatin condensation, nuclei deformation and mitochondrial fragmentation were reproducibly observed (Manov et al., 2013, BMC biology 11, 91). Our present objectives is to identify and isolate the substances secreted by Spalax cells, resolve with which components they interact that are active only on cancer cells, in order to unravel the biological mechanisms and pathways that evolved in Spalax cell machinery and ultimately lead to the death of cancer-cells. Bioinformatics objectives are a major part of this. The study could attest to be a breakthrough in cancer research, using the long lived, hypoxia- and cancer-tolerant Spalax as a significant biological resource for biomedical research that hopefully could open new horizons in treatment and prevention of cancer in humans.


We are looking for INDEPENDENT, motivated, diligent, dedicated with good analytical skills, Post-Doctorates in Bioinformatics for a project aimed at revealing the mechanisms of cancer-resistance and anti-cancer activity of the hypoxia-tolerant (down to 3% O2), long lived (>20 years) subterranean, blind mole-rat, Spalax. Candidates should have a good background in biology. Specifically, candidates should be able to process large scale genomic data, such as raw RNA-seq, miR seq and Genomic sequencing, analyze the data, and biologically interpret it in high level. Accordingly, background in statistics, programming and scripting is required (e.g., experience and knowledge in tools like Linux clusters, R, mysql, Matlab, perl, python, TheCancerGenomeAtlas etc.). Background in cancer research and familiarity with is an advantage, but is not a precondition. Experience of writing manuscripts for publication and a proven publication record, including 1st Authorship Publications, in relevant international PEER REVIEWED journals with respected impact factor are expected. English skills both oral and written are required. Our project has captured the interest of the scientific community and we have ample financial support for the studies and can offer generous fellowships ($30K to $40K according to performance). We expect that candidates will commit themselves for AT LEAST 2 years with a willingness to extend the period of their studies according to the needs of their project. (Outstanding candidates for PhD studies in Bioinformatics and ‘wet’/’bench’ research will also be considered)

How to Apply

The applications should be submitted, together with extended CV and bibliography, summary of past accomplishments, and contact information of 3 referees, to Prof of Research Aaron Avivi ( AND Dr. Imad Shams ( (

About Our Organization

We are THE World Center for studying subterranean mammlas biology, with 50 years tradion of research on the Israeli Blind Mole-Rat, Spalax - an experimental mammal that can contribute to human welfare, by helping making progress in the most lethal illnesses in the world: Cancer, Brain Strokes, Heart and Lung Diseases. This is due to its unique Hypoxia-Tolerance, immunity to Oxidative-Stress, longevity, and above all innate Cancer -Resistance and Anti-Cancer-Activity. Due to the importance of our study, 0ur renovated labs with experienced staff are waiting for the appropriate candidates that fulfill our expectations and are ready for hard work in a professional and friendly atmosphere The University is located in the most beautiful city in Israel - Haifa, on top of Mt. Carmel, facing the Mediterranean Sea, with excellent facilities for students coming outside the city and from abroad and just a walking distance from the recreation center for young people

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