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  • Bioinformatician at Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics and Lausanne University

    See the official ad in prettyprint.

    Thanks to the recent leap in sequencing throughput provided by technologies that include 454,
    Illumina and Solid, de novo whole genome sequencing has become accessible for non-model
    organisms. However, much potential remains to improve current assembly approaches.

    Vital-IT of the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics and the Keller Lab at University of Lausanne have an
    immediate opening for a highly motivated bioinformatician to work on genome sequencing, assembly
    and annotation. The successful candidate will furthermore maintain web pages, databases and
    computational pipelines, and be encouraged to participate in teaching activities of the SIB.
    The position is half time in the Vital-IT group of the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics in Lausanne, and
    half time in the group of Prof. L. Keller of the University of Lausanne.

    The position is one year renewable, beginning October 2009. Salary from 60 to 80 kCHF/year
    (approx. 40 to 53 k€/year), depending on experience and qualifications.

    - assemble and annotate genomic sequences from ants using custom scripts and existing
    - expand the ant genomic database Fourmidable using tools from the GMOD collection
    - develop assembly and comparative genomics analysis pipelines

    - participate in other assembly projects
    - participate in teaching activities
    - write documentation and reports

    - Masters or PhD in bioinformatics, computer science, biology, biochemistry or equivalent
    - experience with Perl, Python, R, Ruby or C/C++
    - experience working in a UNIX/Linux environment
    - notions of web page design (HTML/JavaScript, PHP/MySQL)
    - good English and French speaking and writing skills. German is a plus

    - knowledge of entomology is a plus
    - experience with next generation sequencing or other high-throughput biology is desirable

    - citizens of the European Union, Switzerland, USA, Canada, Japan, or people with a currently
    valid Swiss work permit

    We offer excellent bioinformatics infrastructure and a stimulating research environment. In addition to
    powerful computer hardware, the SIB branches of Lausanne, Basel, Bern, Zürich, and Geneva
    maintain a large collection of molecular biology databases and software packages. Our team consists
    of about 300 collaborators with expertise and ongoing research projects in diverse fields, from
    database development to molecular sequence analysis to biological system modeling.

    The goal of the Keller lab is to understand the principles governing the evolution of animal societies
    and the ecological and evolutionary consequences of social life. To study these questions we
    combine disciplines of animal behavior, ecology, evolutionary genetics and genomics.

    For more information, please consult our web pages at:

    We encourage candidates to send applications as soon as possible to the address given below. The
    application should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae including research interests and plans, as
    well as the names and email addresses of at least three referees.

    Applications will be considered until September 15th, 2009 and should be sent to:

    Dr. Ioannis Xenarios
    Director Swiss-Prot/Vital-IT group
    Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics
    Quartier Sorge - Batiment Genopode
    CH-1015 Lausanne
    Tel: +41-21 692 40 31 Fax: +41-21 692 40 65
    Email: [email protected]

    Ref: VIT_LS2009 (100%) (Place of work: Lausanne, Switzerland)