Pan African Bioinformatics Network for H3Africa

Computational Biology & Bioinformatics Expert: Scientific Support and Training

Start date
Application deadline
As soon as possible Open
Employment fraction Job reference
50% or 100% Bioinformatics Training and Support
City Type of contract
Basel Open-ended
SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics

Job description

The SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics is a world-renowned organization federating bioinformatics research in Switzerland and providing first-class Bioinformatics tools and services to the international research community, such as UniProt/SwissProt, SWISS-MODEL or PROSITE. Basel is one of the key life science clusters worldwide featuring several excellent academic research institutions, including the University of Basel as one the oldest universities in Europe. With several global pharmaceutical companies and a cluster of life sciences startups and spin-offs, Basel is a dynamic and international research environment. In order to strengthen its training and support activities in the area of computational biology and bioinformatics in the north-eastern part of Switzerland, the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics is seeking a highly motivated Computational Biology & Bioinformatics Expert: Scientific Support and Training.

Job tasks

In this position, your main tasks are:

  • Organize post-graduate practical training courses in computational biology and bioinformatics;
  • Provide bioinformatics support for scientific projects on a collaborative basis;
  • Train life scientists in efficient usage of computational biology and bioinformatics methods as part of their research;
  • Contribute to the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics training and outreach activities.

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Profile requirements

We are seeking for candidates with a creative, proactive and collaborative disposition of mind for this service-oriented position.
Our ideal candidate has:

  • Educational background in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, or comparable skills;
  • In depth understanding of molecular biology; practical research experience (PhD or equivalent) in relevant areas of life- science;
  • Good overview of state-of-the art software tools in Bioinformatics and computational biology: in depth knowledge of protein bioinformatics methods required, experience with other bioinformatics techniques (e.g. NGS data analysis) is a plus;
  • Experience in scripting (R, Python, PERL, Matlab) and/or programming;
  • Excellent communication skills in English (both spoken and written); knowledge of German and/or French is a plus;
  • Enthusiasm for teaching and training; eagerness to continuously learn new techniques and readiness to prepare corresponding training concepts; experience with e-learning tools (e.g. Moodle) would be a plus;
  • Ability and interest to understand scientific questions with complex dependencies; flexibility to handle multiple projects in parallel and adjust to changing priorities;
  • Outstanding organizational skills (project management and self-organization)

We offer

  • A position at the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (with the associated social advantages) located at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel.
  • Work in a highly motivated team of bioinformatics specialists with a friendly and collaborative atmosphere; embedding in a national team of experts coordinating training and bioinformatics support activities in Switzerland;
  • Interesting and diverse bioinformatics challenges in cutting-edge collaborative life science research projects
  • Opportunity to learn and experiment with new technologies

The SIB offers an outstanding scientific environment and a competitive salary, while Basel provides a high standard of living and a superb cultural atmosphere. The position is available immediately. The SIB is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from female candidates.

Please send your application to

Please submit your application including a CV, a letter of motivation highlighting your personal interests and contributions in Bioinformatics training and support, and contact information of references by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Keyword: Bioinformatics Training and Support).

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