Senior Researcher

Organization
CIBIO
Job Location
Vairão, Vila do Conde, Porto, Portugal
Portugal
Salary
45000 Euros
Benefits

4 weeks holidays, other benefits

Job Description

Two research positions in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology and NGS data analysis We are currently looking for two talented researchers to join our research centre to create a new Research Group in the fields of Bioinformatics/Informatics, Computational Biology and NGS data analysis. Researchers will contribute to several research lines and frontier projects in human genomics, domestication, and challenging de-novo sequencing projects for non-model species. Candidates from all areas of computational biology and bioinformatics will be considered. Work will involve next-generation sequencing data analysis, meta-genomics, population genetics, phylogenetics and phylogeography. Successful candidates will be deeply involved in the analysis of whole genomes, both through re-sequencing of multiple individuals of species for which there is a reference genome (e.g. humans, rabbits, dogs), and the assembly of de-novo genomes (e.g. anthelopes, lizards). They are expected to deploy and maintain analytic and data management pipelines, set up standard pipelines for quality control, assembly, and assembly validation as well as to generate custom bioinformatics solutions. We are looking for senior scientists who will be able to conduct top-level research, establish solid collaborations, and to attract national and international funding. The positions require a PhD in biology, bioinformatics, computational biology, biostatistics, mathematical biology, or computer science, 3-5 years post-doctoral experience, with a strong competence in genome assembly. Expertise in other related NGS-areas are also of interest. The candidate must have strong computational skills including proficiency in one or more scripting languages (e.g. Perl, Python, Ruby) and statistical frameworks (e.g. R, Matlab, SAS, etc.), experience in bioinformatics, namely in processing high-throughput sequencing data, scientific programming, pipeline-development and/or development in the area of genome assembly, experimental studies and NGS analysis as well as an understanding of molecular biology and genetics. A strong knowledge in scripting and automation of procedures in a Linux environment is a must for a successful applicant. A good publication record in SCI journals and a record of funded research will be extra beneficial. As the candidate will be invited to participate in teaching at the MSc and PhD levels, a history of lecturing will be considered valuable. Preference will be given to candidates with a demonstrated record of developing software and other computational approaches to study biological questions in the areas of comparative genomics and transcriptomics, evolutionary genomics, phylogenomics, genetics/population genetics, and systems biology and with experience in leadership roles. The selected candidates will be the first members of an exciting new team that will provide advanced and dedicated bioinformatics/informatics and computational biology expertise to CIBIO-InBIO. The team will help genome assembly projects with anything from providing guidance in the setup and running of assembly projects to completely running the genome assembly. They will be key members of CIBIO-InBIO and will be expected to collaborate with research groups embarking on genome projects, supporting them with de novo assembly of genomes, including validation of assemblies, designing genomic experiments, analyzing experimental data and other related aspects. Any type of raw data from a wide array of organisms can be expected. Good communication and writing skills are essential, and complete fluency in English is an absolute requirement. Salary corresponds approximately to a gross annual income of 45000 euros (before taxes). Applications to any of these positions will include a detailed CV, a research statement and a motivation letter, as well as the email contact of three referees. Applications will be open until the positions are filled. Incoming applications will be reviewed immediately and there is no obligation to hire any of the candidates. Applications should be sent to diretor@cibio.up.pt. We aim to ensure that no applicant receives less favorable consideration on the grounds of gender, marital status, race, age, color, nationality, ethnic origin or religious belief. The positions are expected to start immediately after selection. 6 months trial period. The contract will end on the 30th of September 2015. A new contract may be offered depending on performance and available funds.

Requirements

The positions require a PhD in biology, bioinformatics, computational biology, biostatistics, mathematical biology, or computer science, 3-5 years post-doctoral experience, with a strong competence in genome assembly. Expertise in other related NGS-areas are also of interest. The candidate must have strong computational skills including proficiency in one or more scripting languages (e.g. Perl, Python, Ruby) and statistical frameworks (e.g. R, Matlab, SAS, etc.), experience in bioinformatics, namely in processing high-throughput sequencing data, scientific programming, pipeline-development and/or development in the area of genome assembly, experimental studies and NGS analysis as well as an understanding of molecular biology and genetics. A strong knowledge in scripting and automation of procedures in a Linux environment is a must for a successful applicant. A good publication record in SCI journals and a record of funded research will be extra beneficial. As the candidate will be invited to participate in teaching at the MSc and PhD levels, a history of lecturing will be considered valuable. Preference will be given to candidates with a demonstrated record of developing software and other computational approaches to study biological questions in the areas of comparative genomics and transcriptomics, evolutionary genomics, phylogenomics, genetics/population genetics, and systems biology and with experience in leadership roles.

How to Apply

Informal enquiries can be made to: Dr. Natália Dias Executive Coordinator of CIBIO-InBIO Natalia.Dias@cibio.up.pt Phone: +351 252660422

About Our Organization

CIBIO-InBIO (http://cibio.up.pt) is a young and highly dynamic research centre located near Porto, in Northern Portugal, which conducts world-class research in the fields of biodiversity and evolution. The Centre offers great opportunities for multidisciplinary and stimulating research and hosts 18 research groups, which include over 170 PhD level researchers, and over 100 MSc and PhD students, from many different countries. The working atmosphere is vibrant, multicultural and enthusiastic, and we host regularly international scientists for short term visits. The Centre has state of the art ecology and molecular laboratories (equipped with multiple PCR rooms, automated sequencers, real-time PCR machines, etc), and a brand new Illumina Next-gen Sequencing Platform. Research projects are performed at a global scale. The Northern region of Portugal provides rich cultural and outdoor activities and Porto is a world-heritage city and the capital of Port wine.

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