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Postdoctoral Research Fellowship: Bioinformatics

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The Next Generation Sequencing Unit at the Central Analytical Facilities (CAF) is seeking a highly motivated Postdoctoral Fellow to join the NGS team and expand the Bioinformatics capacity.

Project title: NGS data analysis in projects related to wheat and wheat diseases
Duration: 2 years

Scope of Research:
CAF currently boasts a SOLiD 5500xl and an Ion Torrent PGM together with conventional sequencing equipment. The DNA Sequencing unit has been operational for over 12 years with recent expansion into the NGS market, and delivers a service to local and international clients from academia as well as industry.

The successful candidate will initially mainly be involved in analysis of data relevant to two projects in the Agri Biotech field.
The first project will generate genomic NGS data for 4 fungal races of the same species. The genomes have to be assembled and annotated. Comparative analysis between the four races will be part of the project in collaboration with the client.
The second project entails transcriptome sequencing of wheat. RNA-seq data will be analyzed and differentially expressed genes be identified for our international collaborator.
The candidate might also be requested to get involved in other projects running at CAF.

Requirements: PhD in Genetics, Bioinformatics, Computer Science or related field (must have graduated within the last five years.

The successful candidate will have at least 2 years experience in the analysis of NGS data preferably with experience of SOLiD data.

  • The accepted applicant should have strong written and communication skills, and be proficient in the following:
  • Linux
  • Open source command line Bioinformatics software
  • HPC (not required)
  • Perl or Python and shell scripts
  • Understanding of basic genetics and molecular techniques

Successful applicants will be subject to University policies and procedures.

Commencement of duties: As soon as possible
Remuneration: A bursary will be available – value depends on experience of successful candidate
Closing date: 7 April 2013

Please Note:

  • Postdoctoral fellows do not hold posts or positions; neither do they enter into an employment contract with the University.
  • They receive a fellowship in order to conduct research, and do not receive a salary or remuneration for contract research or teaching.
  • Their bursaries are paid out via the bursary system and not Human Resources.
  • They are not part of the teaching staff of the university, neither are they contract researchers.
  • They are not postgraduate students

Send a letter of application, accompanied by a comprehensive curriculum vitae, including list of publications and the names and contact details of at least two referees, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Applicants should request their referees to forward confidential reports by the closing date direct to the same address.

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