Pan African Bioinformatics Network for H3Africa

CPGR Biostatistician position – 20 March 2015

The Centre for Proteomic & Genomic Research (CPGR) seeks to hire a Biostatistician to complement a Bioinformatics project team participating in the NIH funded H3ABioNet program at the CPGR node. H3ABioNet (http://www.h3abionet.org), led by the CBIO group at UCT, is leading an initiative with over thirty institutions around Africa to develop a Pan African Bioinformatics Network for the Human Heredity and Health (H3Africa) Initiative (http://www.h3africa.org/). The aim of the network is to build bioinformatics capacity in Africa and develop a bioinformatics support platform for H3Africa research projects.
Job duties include but are not limited to:

  •  Being part of the H3ABioNet helpdesk task force to assist with statistical queries from H3A consortia.
  •  Providing statistical/bioinformatics support for large scale genomics/omics projects in a timeous manner.
  • Assisting life scientists with experimental design and data analysis.
  • Training life scientists, bioinformaticians and computational biologists in basic and advanced statistics.
  • Taking part in various research projects carried out at the CPGR node
  • (Co) Preparing training materials according to the HCD platform requirements.
  • Assisting the node manager with network management duties.
  • Supporting developers in designing software and algorithms.
  • (Co) Creating grant applications to national and international funding organisations.


  • PhD or MSc qualification either in statistics, computer Science, medical statistics or health informatics.
  • A strong background in bioinformatics or statistics.
  • Three or more years’ experience in statistical design and analysis of large-scale genomic projects. 

  • Familiarity with concepts in Next Generation Sequencing, Genotyping, Genome Wide Association analysis, SNP/Variant analysis.
  • Working knowledge of Python, Perl, SAS, Statistica and R.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
  • Training skills are an advantage.
  • Willingness to get trainined and trasfer knowledge.

The successful candidate will be remunerated at up to R 500,000 per annum (total cost to the company) contingent on qualification and experience.

About the CPGR 

The CPGR is a not-for-profit organization established in South Africa through funding by the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) to provide support and services to the life science and biotech community. It is based on an initiative by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) to boost the development of a bio-economy in South Africa. The CPGR combines state-of-the-art information rich genomic and proteomic ('omics') technologies with bio-computational pipelines, and biological models, to create unique solutions in the human health and the agri-biotech sectors. Information about the CPGR can be obtained at www.cpgr.org.za and www.cpgr.org.za/blogspot.

Interested candidates should submit a short cover letter and C.V. together with the names and contact details of two referees to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 20th March 2015. Applications will be accepted only by email.