ISMB/ECCB 2019: ISCB student council symposium – Call for Abstracts for Oral & Poster Presentation!

We are delighted to announce the call for abstracts for the 15th edition of ISCB Student Council Symposium is now open. The Symposium will be held on the 21st of July, in Basel, Switzerland, preceding the ECCB/ISMB 2019! We welcome abstracts from students, postdocs, and young researchers in the fields of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics.

All abstracts will be considered for poster and oral presentations and the outstanding ones will be awarded. Submission deadline is on May 6, 2019. Travel Fellowships will also be available and all candidates with submitted abstracts are encouraged to apply!

To learn more about abstract requirements and how to submit an abstract through our portal, check the symposium website:

1st flyer SCS 2019-2


SIB Bioinformatics Awards

To promote excellence and innovation in the field of bioinformatics, SIB created the SIB Bioinformatics Awards ten years ago to acknowledge early career bioinformaticians and ground-breaking resources of national and international standing.

SIB Awards honour bioinformatics excellence in three categories:

  • SIB Early Career Bioinformatics Award – an international award to recognise the excellence and promising nature of a researcher’s early career, based on one or several projects and/or papers focussing on the in silico analysis of biological sequences, structures or processes. More information
    Call for entries: 10 January – 31 March 2019
  • SIB Best Swiss Bioinformatics Graduate Paper Award – a national award that recognises outstanding papers published by a graduate student in the area of in silico analysis of biological sequences, structures or processes. More information

Call for entries: 10 January – 31 March 2019

  • SIB Bioinformatics Resource Innovation Award – an international award that recognises newly developed bioinformatics resources with an important impact on life science research or the clear potential to make such an impact. More information

Call for entries: 4 February – 30 April 2019

Applications will be reviewed by a jury of international experts, with the winners to be announced during the awards ceremony of the 14th [BC]2 Basel Computational Biology Conference (part of the Basel Life Congress, 9-12 September 2019, Switzerland). All Awards carry a cash prize and laureates will be invited to give a plenary talk during the [BC]2 conference.

Follow the latest news and announcements related to the SIB Awards on SIB’s website and under @ISBSIB on Twitter (#SIBawards).


Bioinformatics in the Pub – March 2018

Please join us for the  Bioinformatics in the Pub meeting, a friendly gathering around food and drinksWednesday  21.03.18 7pm at The Pearl. Feel free to spread the word to other bioinformaticians in Lausanne. 
Although not mandatory, please register to help us booking tables:

If you would like to receive this and other announcements about our activities, please join our mailing list at!forum/bioinfo-lausanne-social

On Behalf of the International Society for Computational Biology Regional Student Group of Switzerland (ISCB-RSG-Switzerland) 

Staff Scientist Position in Data Management/Computational Science at University of Basel

Job description

We are seeking a highly motivated computational scientist with academic and/or industry experience to join the Transfaculty Research Platform Molecular and Cognitive Neuroscience (MCN, MCN focuses on the neurobiological underpinnings of human behavior and on the development of novel treatment options for neuropsychiatric disorders.

The mandate of the candidate is to manage, integrate, and improve an existing computational platform that adheres to reproducible research best practices. The platform is used to address defined translational questions and to provide access to multi-omic data sets from preclinical data, clinical trials as well as in-house and public genomics and brain imaging data.

Your position

  • Contribute to the development, management and support of our core reproducible research analytics platform.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
  • ‪‪Collaborate with University’s IT experts to expand the computing infrastructure.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
  • ‪‪Collaborate with bioinformaticians, statisticians, psychologists, and biologists to identify critical questions that may be addressed via computational approaches.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Your profile

Ph.D. or Masters with relevant industry or academia experience is required. Education should be in the fields of Computer Science, Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Neuroscience, or related disciplines.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

  • Advanced knowledge of R and Git is required.
  • ‪‪BASH-programming skills are required.‬‬
  • ‪‪‪‪Ability to work in a Linux environment is required.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
  • Functional fluency in additional programming languages (e.g. JavaScript) is desirable.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
  • Familiarity with SQL and Bioconductor is desirable.
  • ‪‪Familiarity with statistical methods is desirable.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬


see the full post here:

Recent publications from Student Councils around the world

Assis Geraldo J, Silva F, Horacio ECA, Leao A, Brayan A, Fernandes G, Da Rocha Coimbra N. (2018) Highlights of the 2nd Brazilian student council symposium, organized by ISCB Regional Student Group Brazil. PeerJ Preprints 6:e26521v1

Abstract: This report summarizes the scientific content and activities of the second edition of the Brazilian Student Council Symposium organized by the Regional Student Group Brazil (RSG-Brazil), a branch of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB). The event were held preceding the thirteen AB3C Conference (13th X-meeting 2017) in São Pedro, São Paulo, Brazil, on October 4, 2017. The 2nd BR-SCS was attended by 78 delegates from all student level (undergraduate, graduate and post-docs students) and consisted of two keynote presentations, eight students oral presentations and 15 posters presentation. (


Cravero F, Landaburu LU, Moreyra NN, Fenoy E, Padilla Franzotti CL, Lanzarotti E, Parra RG, Palopoli N, Monzon AM. (2018) 2nd Argentine Symposium of Young Bioinformatics Researchers (2SAJIB) organized by the ISCB-SC RSG-Argentina. PeerJ Preprints 6:e3504v2

Abstract: The 2nd Argentine Symposium of Young Bioinformatics Researchers (2SAJIB, according to its acronym in Spanish) took place on November 2017 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. SAJIB is the main annual student-based activity in the field of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology in Argentina and one of the largest in Latin America. Here we summarize the main activities and outcomes from the 2nd SAJIB that gathered together young students and researchers from all over the country and featured recognized Principal Investigators both from the local and international scenes. (


Candice Nancy Rafael, Jon Ambler, Antoinette Niehaus, James Ross, Ozlem Tastan Bishop (2018)  Establishment of “The South African Bioinformatics Student Council” and Activity Highlights. EMBNET.journal  v. 23, p. e903, feb. 2018. ISSN 2226-6089.

Abstract: The South African Bioinformatics Student Council (SASBiSC) in bioinformatics has been set up to increase the visibility of bioinformatics as well as to filter information to students within the field regarding job, funding and workshop opportunities as they arise. This is a short description of the process of setting up a national Student Council for Bioinformatics in South Africa, affiliating to the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB). We also report two examples of activities that were carried out over the last two years that are: 1) participation in the SciFest Africa; and 2) the organisation of the first Bioinformatics Student Symposium.  We hope that our experience and methods for the creation of SASBiSC and of collaborative communities can be useful to others who might want to do the same. (


Rafael CN, Ashano E, Moosa Y, Shome S, DeBlasio D (2017) Highlights of the second ISCB Student Council Symposium in Africa. F1000Research 2017, 6 (ISCB Comm J):2183 doi:10.12688/f1000research.13463.1

Abstract: Student Council Symposiums (SCSs) have been found to be very useful for students and young researchers. This is especially true given that the events are held directly before large international conferences, giving attendees a chance to gain exposure and have a warm up to the social nuances involved in attending such a meeting. This was the second SCS held in Africa in conjunction with the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) and the African Society for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology’s (ASBCB) biennial meeting. This symposium was organised by students within the society inside Africa and was held on the 10th of October 2017 in Entebbe, Uganda.(



Please join us for the  bioinformatics in the pub meeting, a friendly gathering around food and drinks of PhD students, Post-Docs and young bioinformaticians, Tuesday 27.02.18 7pm at The Pearl

Registration is non-mandatory but appreciated for booking tables:

Please help us spread the word to other bioinformaticians in Lausanne.


On Behalf of the International Society for Computational Biology Regional Student Group of Switzerland (ISCB-RSG-Switzerland)


Career Opportunities: Bioinformatician at UNIL


The University of Lausanne (UNIL) hosts 14’100 students and nearly 3’800 collaborators, professors, and researchers. Ideally situated at the banks of Lake Geneva, near Lausanne’s city center, its campus brings together more than 120 nationalities and is embedded in the larger, regional, vibrant life science research cluster.


We are seeking to recruit a highly motivated bioinformatician who will take a central role in providing core computational support for Lausanne- and Geneva-based research groups belonging to the NCCR RNA & Disease network (50%), and for in-house demands at the Center for Integrative Genomics (CIG) at the University of Lausanne (50%).

Job information

Expected start date in position : 01.05.2018 or to be agreed

Contract length : one year, can be renewed thereafter

Activity rate : 100%, part time employment possible

Workplace : University of Lausanne, Dorigny, Switzerland

Your responsibilities

The bioinformatician’s main tasks will lie in providing support and discussion for experimental design, and in the analysis of various kinds of high-throughput sequencing data.

Your qualifications


  • Education and experience. Relevant qualifications (preferably doctorate) and/or relevant experience in HTS data analysis.
  • Knowledge and skills. Biology: a good understanding and keen interest in biological questions. Informatics: Current knowledge of latest software and design standards; ability to define and solve logical problems for technical applications; knowledge of and ability to select, adapt and effectively use a variety of programming methods.
  • Other requirements. Excellent communication (English) and interpersonal skills and multitasking capabilities; ability to work on several projects in parallel.

What the position offers you

He/she will be located at the CIG and embedded in an environment that is both close to experimental labs and rich in bioinformatics expertise and resources, such as the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB) and the Vital-IT high-performance computing center.

He/she will be involved in exchanges with other bioinformatics support sites of the NCCR in Basel, Bern, and Zürich (see and actively participate in scientific events of the NCCR (e.g. annual retreat, Swiss RNA Workshop) and of the CIG/SIB. He/she may be involved in training researchers bioinformatics skills.

Contact for further information

Prof. David Gatfield


Phone number: 0041 21 692 39 94

Your application

To apply, please submit your motivation letter, CV (including degrees and list of scientific publications), and contact details for 2 or more referees, in Word or PDF. Only applications through this website will be taken into account.

Deadline: 31.03.2018

Job description

Click here to open the job description. (PDF)

Additional information

UNIL is committed to promoting gender equality and strongly encourages applications from female candidates.


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Bioinformatics in the Pub – January 2018



Please join us for the  first bioinformatics in the pub of this year, a friendly gathering around food and drinks of PhD students, Post-Docs and young bioinformaticians, Tuesday 30.01.18 7pm at The Pearl

Registration is non-mandatory but appreciated for booking tables:

Please help us spread the word to other bioinformaticians in Lausanne.


On Behalf of the International Society for Computational Biology Regional Student Group of Switzerland (ISCB-RSG-Switzerland)


Bioinformatics in the pub – November 2017


Dear All,

please join us for bioinformatics in the pub, a friendly gathering around food and drinks of PhD students, postdocs and young bioinformaticians.

This month it will be on Wednesday 29.11.17 7pm at The Pearl.  Registration is non-mandatory but appreciated for booking tables:

Please help us spread the word to other bioinformaticians in Lausanne.


On Behalf of the International Society for Computational Biology Regional Student Group of Switzerland (ISCB-RSG-Switzerland)


We are recruiting!

We are recruiting new members for the regional section of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) Student Council (SC). Join us for a short discussion if you are interested in participating in our organisation. To keep it brief, we summarized various questions you might have below.

Where and when?
In the 14th November at the foyer of the Genopode building (close to the UNIL-Sorge metro station) from 17:30 to 19:00.

What do we do?
We are organising various types of events to enhance the scientific exchange and communicate science to various audiences with focus on bioinformatics. Especially, our aim is to strengthen the scientific network between PhDs, postdocs and PIs.

What do we need?
We are looking for active and interested people that are willing to help in their spare time with various organisational tasks. The only thing required is to be open and constructive.

Who are we?
We are PhD students and postdocs from UNIL and EPFL, covering a broad range of cultural backgrounds and scientific expertise in bioinformatics. We also welcome Master students.

What does it bring you?
Scientific exchange, communication and organisational skills are increasingly important in a scientific career and joining our organisation will help you to get hands on experience. In 2019, Basel will host the ECCB/ISCB conference. As part of this event we will play a major role as the local representation of ISCB student council. This will be a great opportunity for you to be included in the organization of a major conference.

If you are interested in more details about past events and our structure, please check our website or our facebook page.

Best Regards,

On behalf of the committee,
Amel Bekkar