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Computational Biology Group Postdoctoral fellowship in Bioinformatics Specializing in Microbiome NGS Analysis

The Computational Biology division at UCT is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow in Bioinformatics to conduct research on microbiome projects. The successful candidate will have skills in Bioinformatics, with specific experience in next generation sequence analysis. He/she will join the Computational Biology Division (www.cbio.uct.ac.za), which forms the centre of bioinformatics activities at the university.

Academic Conditions of Award:
The successful candidate must be in possession of a Ph. D or equivalent degree in a relevant area (Biology, Computer Science, Mathematics, Molecular Biology, Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry, Biostatistics or Computational Biology), and some exposure to bioinformatics/computational biology. Experience with NGS and/or metagenomics data is required.
The research to be undertaken will include:

  • Bioinformatics analysis of Next Generation Sequencing data;
  • Evaluation of existing pipelines and developing custom data analysis and reporting pipelines that best suit the research projects;
  • Provision of guidance on NGS sequencing strategies and data analysis and interpretation to other project members, and
  • A requirement that the incumbent remain up-to-date with new developments in Bioinformatics and microbiome research.

General Conditions of Award:

  1. Only individuals who have achieved the doctoral degree within the past 5 years are eligible to apply
  2. Applicants may not previously have held full-time professional or academic positions
  3. The successful candidate may, as part of their professional development, be required to participate in departmental activities such as limited teaching and supervision and duties incidental thereto
  4. The successful incumbent will be required to comply with the University’s approved policies, procedures and practises for the postdoctoral sector.

Value and tenure:
The value of the fellowship is ZAR 220 000 per annum. No benefits or travel allowances are included in the value of the fellowship. The fellowship is tenable for 1 year with the possibility for renewal for a second year, dependent on performance.

Application process:
Applications and enquiries should be submitted to Prof Nicola Mulder ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). To apply, please e-mail a letter of application stating areas of expertise, research interests, and experience, a CV including a list of publications, copies of academic transcripts, and names (and contact details) of at least two academics who have taught, supervised or worked alongside the applicant.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Closing date for applications: 10th December 2016
The University of Cape Town reserves the right to disqualify ineligible, incomplete and/or inappropriate applications,
The University of Cape Town reserves the right to change the conditions of award or to make no awards at all.

The original call for applications can be found here.