Bioinformatician (and Project Coordinator)
Are you a bioinformatician and would you like to contribute to the Public Health in the Netherlands? Are you interested in infectious diseases, pandemic preparedness and research? Do you want to make a lasting impact with your work in the prevention and/or control of infectious diseases in the future? If yes, then this bioinformatician position is made for you.
The Centre for Infectious Diseases Research, Diagnostics and Surveillance (IDS) plays a major role in the prevention and control of infectious diseases in The Netherlands. It does this by coordinating the nation-wide surveillance of infectious pathogens such as Sars-Cov-2 (COVID-19) and mycobacterium tuberculosis, by performing outbreak investigations for example for bacterial food infections and by advancing multiple lines of research related to microbiology and public health.
Goals and ambitions of this position
We are looking for a bioinformatician to join our team to help develop solutions, including genomics-pipelines and in general software components for laboratory data analysis, data processing and data presentation for public health. With this in mind, we would like our future colleague to have experience in using bioinformatics tools for sequence analysis, building pipelines, structuring, managing and analyzing data and having strong communication, problem-solving and project- and time-management skills. The team currently consists of four bioinformaticians and one data expert/project manager. Besides that, you and the team act as spiders in the web and you will work in close collaboration with other bioinformatics experts, DevOps engineers, microbiologists, epidemiologists and other researchers throughout the RIVM.
OptionalFor the more experienced bioinformatician who wants to apply, a role as project coordinator belongs to the possibilities. For this, we are looking for a person who is also able to manage and coordinate multiple (>10) projects within the group.
Tasks and daily activities
- Help building solutions for laboratory-based surveillance, response and applied research for public health, namely through genomics pipelines and in general components for laboratory data analysis, with high coding and documentation standards.
- Analyze and visualize genomics and other type of data for ad hoc research projects or for automating reports used in the surveillance systems coordinated by IDS.
- Proactively participate in internal and external projects.
- Advice and support other researchers about bioinformatics solutions that are helpful for their projects. Together with our other project manager, collect requirements for future projects.
- Report scientific and not scientific results to managers, other researchers and potentially in scientific publications.
Additional tasks for project coordinator
- Manage and coordinate the group with the help of the other project manager. This includes hosting group meetings and being the contact person for the bioinformatics group, give support with budgeting, project planning and analysis of our capacity.
Unique for this position
This position gives you the unique possibility to be part of a team that works daily on public health issues and where you will play an important role in the prevention and control of infectious diseases in The Netherlands. The position is part of a multi disciplinary team within the IDS and gives you to opportunity to connect with all aspects of our institution. Your work will challenge you daily, will be diverse and gives you the opportunity to grow.
- You have a master in bioinformatics or an MSc in a related field ideally combined with several years of work experience in bioinformatics. A PhD in bioinformatics is a plus.
- You have demonstrable knowledge in diverse genomics techniques, as well as in basic statistical analysis. Experience with advanced data analysis/machine learning is a plus.
- You have solid proficiency in Python and at least basic knowledge in Shell scripting. Experience in R is a plus.
- You have experience developing and documenting pipelines with, for instance, Snakemake. Experience with both Illumina data and Oxford Nanopore data is a plus.
- You care deeply about code documentation, management and reproducibility and therefore you have solid experience using version control systems (git), using environments (e.g. conda, renv, etc.). Experience with docker and/or Singularity containers is a plus. Experience or knowledge of Agile software development is a plus.
- You care deeply about proper handling of data, not only of the sequence data but also about the descriptive data of the samples. You are aware of the privacy aspects of data. You have at least basic knowledge of data models and how to interact with relational (SQL) databases.
- You speak English or Dutch at a professional level. If you only speak basic Dutch, you are at least willing to improve it. You are able to write scientific reports in at least one of these languages.
- You have knowledge in microbiology and public health or at least have an interest in acquiring it. You are also curious about the work of your non-bioinformatician colleagues and are motivated to help them and can easily communicate with them.
Additional requirements for project coordinator:
For the more experienced bioinformatician who is looking for expanding his/her skills and is interested in the project coordinator position: - You have project- and time-management skills. You can prioritize and work efficiently and have a problem-solving mindset. Working with multiple projects and supervising or reporting about them requires you to be organized and show strong leadership skills that will help the group and the department grow as a whole.
These are your strengths:
Focused on finding solutions, willing to collaborate with many different aspects of infectious diseases field, analytical and independent.
Please address your (digital) motivation letter to Thijs Bosch department head.
CV selection will take place on 22 August 2022, please allow in your calendar for interviews on 25 August 2022.