Position available for Junior Bioinformatician in Cancer Research in Bellinzona, Switzerland

The Lymphoma and Genomics Research Program headed by Francesco Bertoni at the Institute of Oncology Research (IOR) is seeking a JUNIOR BIOINFORMATICIAN to work with their senior bioinformaticians on data analysis. The candidate must be highly motivated with a personal interest on cancer genomics.

IOR is affiliated with the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) and with the Oncology Institute of Southern Switzerland (IOSI), one of the world referral centers for lymphomas. lOR is also  institutional member of the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB).

The successful applicant will join a young, competitive group with a very good publication track. The Lymphoma and Genomics Research Program has a very strong expertise on studying genomic and epigenetic alterations and on novel drugs development in lymphoid tumors.

The group projects are usually run in the context of international collaborations, allowing/requiring the interaction with colleagues from different Countries. We collaborate closely with the Artificial Intelligence Institute IDSIA (www.idsia.ch) for algorithm development.

The candidate is expected to use state-of-the-art bioinformatics tools to assist in the analysis of genome-wide biological datasets such as those generated in microarray and next-generation sequencing studies of the cancer transcriptome and epigenome in experimental and clinical samples. Responsibilities will be to develop, optimize, and run data analysis pipelines involving bioinformatics (e.g., algorithms for microarray data, next-generation sequencing, and metagenomics) and systems biology (e.g., signaling, protein, and metabolic networks).

The successful candidate will have specific working experience in the analysis of copy number, methylation profiling, next-generation sequencing data (e.g. RNA-seq, CHIP-seq, Whole Exome sequencing), functional analysis, clinical response and survival data. Excellent mathematical and statistical knowledge is required. Fluency in R or Matlab and knowledge of programming/scripting language (e.g., Perl, Ruby, Java, Python) is a must. Experience with biostatistical and data mining packages (e.g. Bioconductor, Weka), familiarity with bioinformatic databases (e.g., NCBI, UCSC, EMBL) and software packages (e.g., BLAST, BLAT, Partek, Limma, Galaxy, IGV, Bowtie, GATK, and Velvet) are strongly advisable.

Requirements: MSc/PhD in bioinformatics, computational biology or related discipline. Excellent knowledge of English, good interpersonal and communication skills are required. Basic knowledge in molecular and cell biology, molecular and experimental oncology, and related experimental techniques is highly desirable.

Salary will be commensurate with qualification and experience. Initial appointment: 1-2 years.

Where: Bellinzona, the capital of Ticino, the scenic southern part of Switzerland.

When: We would like to fill the position as soon as possible.

Applicants should submit by email:

  • Detailed curriculum vitae with publications list
  • List of three references (including their email addresses)
  • Statement on their research interests (maximal one page).

Please send all documents, with “Bioinformatician FB2017” as subject, directly to bertonifran@gmail.com

Dead-line for application: July 1st 2017.