Job: Bioinformatics Research Engineer position
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19 months ago by
Nicolas Delhomme320 wrote:

The Department of Plant Physiology, which is part of Umeå Plant Science Centre, (, has an open bioinformatics research engineer position, full-time for one year, with possibility for extension. The working tasks principally are to provide bioinformatics support to the users of the UPSC bioinformatics facility and to help the facility further development. Last day to apply is April 18, 2016.

Project description 
The Umeå Plant Science Centre bioinformatics facility (UPSCb) is seeking a staff bioinformatician to consolidate its team. Among other projects, the UPSCb key to the deciphering of the Norway spruce genome, the largest sequenced genome at the time of publication. This, and other, project also prompted the development of a bioinformatics facility that has to date processed numerous Next-Generation Sequencing based projects. It also led to further development of essential community resources - hosted at UPSC - such as the Plant Genome Integrative Explorer (PlantGenIE). To support the running and further development of USPCb, we are seeking a bioinformatician to join our team.

The position is a full-time employment for 12 months, with possibility for extension. Starting date is as soon as possible.

Working tasks 
The position will involve (i) processing High Throughput Sequencing (mostly RNA-Seq) datasets, which for the majority of projects will imply running the dataset through our established pipeline, establishing a QA report and presenting a summary report to the submitter of the data. However, in selected cases, it will imply to perform downstream analyses and to closely collaborate on the project; (ii) providing bioinformatics support services; e.g. helping or training biologists to perform sequence homology searches, phylogenetic analyses, etc.; (iii) helping maintain the IT infrastructure; e.g. installing novel tools, managing user accounts, administrating a queuing system, etc.

You should have a Master in computational biology, bioinformatics or equivalent and be willing to contribute to the daily running and future expansion of the facility. You must be familiar with Unix and at least one of the programmatic languages that we most commonly use (Python, R, C, C++). Familiarity with database use and design and system administration would be considered as significant advantages, as would knowledge of NGS technologies, R and statistics. You must be proficient in English.

The application should contain (1) CV with full publication list and copies of the relevant degree certificates, (2) a personal letter with a statement of scientific interests (3) contact information of two referees.

The Department of Plant Physiology carries out research and postgraduate education in different fields of the plant sciences including, ecology, biochemistry, physiology and development, and genomics. The department is part of the Umeå Plant Science Centre, which hosts close to 200 employees and 40 principal investigators, representing about 35 nationalities. For more information please visit and For more informal information about the position, contact or

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