Job Listing: Postdoctoral scientist in Computational Biology / Bioinformatics – Institute of Parasitology, Biology Centre, Czech Academy of Sciences

Postdoctoral scientist in Computational Biology / Bioinformatics
Institute of Parasitology, Biology Centre, Czech Academy of Sciences

We are looking for a computational biology / bioinformatics scientist to process and analyse evolutionary and functional ‘omics’ research data of myxozoans, parasitic flatworms and their hosts. You will work in joint projects of the Laboratory of Fish Protistology and the Laboratory of Helminthology, where, in close collaboration with data producers, you will lead the efforts on analysis and integration of high-throughput datasets. Research focusses on the assembly and comparative analysis of genomes, transcriptomes and proteomes to better understand host-parasite interaction and evolution of selected aquatic parasites that are responsible for pathologies in wild and cultured fish, some being of major importance to the aquaculture industry. The position in funded by the EC via the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF).

Requirements and desired qualifications
• PhD in bioinformatics or similar experience (not predating 2014)
• Experience in data analysis in at least one field (comparative genomics, phylogenomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics)
• Experience with setup of pipelines/workflows
• Profound programming expertise (e.g. R, Python, Java)
• Advanced software engineering skills are an advantage
• Experience in big data and high-performance computing and machine learning techniques is an advantage
• Ability to work in a team and pursue goals in a focussed way
• Excellent written/oral communication skills

Host institution and laboratories
The host laboratories are composed of an international team of more than 28 scientists, postdocs and students working together on understanding myxozoan and flatworm parasites, from an evolutionary and host-parasite interaction perspective. The laboratories operate on a truly multidisciplinary basis and involve functional genomics and proteomics, structural analysis, chemical biology, bioinformatics and physiology, reflecting the blend of expertise of the laboratory members.

The Institute of Parasitology is one of the largest European centres of parasitological research and provides all state-of-the-art facilities required to undertake a multi-disciplinary repertoire of methods, enabling studies on host-parasite interactions at the organismal, cellular and molecular level. The institute is located in České Budějovice, the capital city of South Bohemia known for its original Budweiser (Budvar) beer. The historical city is surrounded by other beautiful towns including the UNESCO heritage site Český Krumlov and Holašovice, and the pristine nature of the Bohemian Forest National Park.

This is an opportunity for a bioinformatics scientist to join exciting projects in an inspiring and dynamic setting. We offer a monthly gross salary of EUR 3,000 and a great work environment for passionate scientists. The contract will initially be limited to 2 years, starting January 2021.

Application details
The Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences is a holder of the HR Excellence in Research Award and aims to promote equality of opportunity for all with the right mix of talent, competences and potential. We welcome applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds. Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, list of publications and copy of PhD diploma, via the webpage by 17th November 2020. Due to motility regulations associated with the position, candidates from Czech institutions should not have worked in the country for longer than 2 years prior to application. For more details contact Roman Kuchta ([email protected]).

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