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.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬


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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

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Additional information

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


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