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Saturday, 23 August 2014

If you love computers,Mathematics & Biology,Bioinformatics is for you

Dr. Shivas Amin calls bioinformatics a "collision of biology and computers." Students learn how to use computers and skills in math and biology to analyze genome and proteome projects to prepare for high-demand jobs in the life sciences. Learn more about Amin and hear from student Medina Baitemirova and alumnus Lukas Simon about the fast-growing field of bioinformatics.

Internship call for Schneider lab @ Bioinformatics Core,LCSB,University of Luxembourg


About Internship

The ISCB Student Council is pleased to announce a 6-month internship position with the Schneider group at Bioinformatics Core, Luxembourg Centre For Systems Biomedicine (LCSB), University of Luxembourg. The internship is expected to start in October and it is available to Masters and PhD students in computational biology or related areas from developing nations.

Studying at the University of Luxembourg

Please read the entire advertisement as it may already answer your questions!

Title of the project

  • Developing a web resource for enzymes of unknown function.

About the group

  • Bioinformatics Core at (LCSB) facilitates efficient data flow between experimental theoretical and medical groups which involves handling, storing, categorizing huge amount of data as well as developing techniques for cost and time efficient data analysis. Composed of computer scientists and biologists covering a broad spectrum of disciplines, the group aims to provide new insights and to generate new hypotheses regarding the functioning of complex biological systems.

Stipend/Accommodation/Visa Information

A stipend of 850 Euros/month will be provided to the selected intern. The student is going to be responsible for covering the travel and accommodation expenses. University of Luxembourg accommodation service can provide guidance on finding accommodation. Visa information will be provided at the time of interviews.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The student should be a citizen of a developing country and pursue a degree program in a university located in a developing country (if you are not sure of your country classification, please check the World Bank list of economies, available here:
  • The applicant should be a student (bachelors or Masters in-course) in computational biology or related disciplines and should be able to prove her/his enrollment status as a full time student.

Prerequisite skills

  • Exposure to different life science databases
  • Experience with scripting languages like Perl ot Python
  • Proficient in use of Linux OS
  • Knowledge of MySQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL
  • Good communication skills in English

How to Apply

Send all the following documents as a single zip file attachment to (we accept files in txt, PDF or .doc/.docx format):
  1. Resume or curriculum vitae. Please include citizenship, programming languages known and programming experience, courses taken, research experience and publications if any.
  2. Statement of Purpose (max 500 words). It is expected that the student briefly talks about his/her past experience in computational biology showcasing the skills he/she has learned and their relevance to the advertised position. Either the candidate should have a computational background with sound knowledge ofmolecular/cellular biology concepts orbiological background with programming experience.
  3. Proof of enrollment, such as a letter from university or department. The letter should be on the official University letterhead and should clearly state that the student is enrolled as a full time student in the University and will continue to maintain the same status during the period of the internship.
  4. One recommendation letter.
We accept files in txt, PDF or .doc/.docx format.

Selection process

  • Applications will be reviewed by volunteers of the ISCB Student Council Symposium and four students will be selected for phone interviews (Skype) with the group offering the position, that will have the final choice in selecting the successful candidate.
  • Applications will be accepted until August 25, 2014. The selected candidates will be announced by September 5, 2014.
  • If you have any questions, please contact us at

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Project Fellow @ Indian Statistical Institute


About Indian Statistical Institute

Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), a unique institution devoted to the research, teaching and application of statistics, natural sciences and social sciences. Founded by Professor P.C. Mahalanobis in Kolkata on 17th December, 1931, the institute gained the status of an Institution of National Importance by an act of the Indian Parliament in 1959.

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The doctoral project:

You will join the unit ‘Platform Biotechnology and Molecular Biology’ and will be responsible for the research project entitled: ‘NeXSplorer.iph: Development of next generation sequencing data analysis tools in support of a fast response for public health and food chain safety’.
You will be responsible for the organisation, execution and reporting of the research project ‘NeXSplorer.iph’.

About the project :

  • Recent advances and innovations in DNA-sequencing technologies are revolutionizing the ability to diagnose current and emerging diseases, to control outbreaks, understand transmission patterns of pathogens as well as to identify and prevent health risks associated with food consumption and environment. Indeed, the so-called the next generation sequencing (NGS) technology has emerged as a cost-effective and convenient approach for addressing many biological questions and therefore, it holds the potential to complement, and in the future even replace, many complex multifaceted procedures that are currently used to support a proactive public health policy, with a single, more efficient workflow.
  • While in the past NGS was exclusively applied as a research tool, with the continuous evolution of this technology, it will soon become sufficiently fast, accurate and cheap to be used in routine practice. However, as NGS costs continue to decrease, the challenge will not lay in producing NGS data but in the ability to rapidly analyse the massive amount of data obtained in order to extract and interpret the required information correctly.
  • This PhD project will address two NGS data analysis challenges with each a case study taken from current activities within the institute, with the aim to develop the appropriate pipelines (tools) for data analysis, later on applicable in routine. The first data analysis issue is related to the assembly of sequence-reads and the use of these data for pathogen outbreak investigation. The second data analysis issue is related to the time needed for full analysis of NGS data and the size of certain genomes, like the use of NGS for the detection and identification of authorized and unauthorized genetically modified organisms (GMO, UGM).

The objectives of this research are:

  1. The development of data analysis tools for NGS data, applied to specific case studies related to public health issues;
  2. the generation of knowledge (in the form of scientific publications and “in house” software/pipelines) related to the research lines and programs developed;
  3. the obtaining of a Ph.D. You are supported by senior scientists. The PhD-project is in collaboration with other scientific units of the WIV-ISP, i.e. Bacterial Diseases, Foodborne pathogens, Biosafety and Biotechnology and Viral Diseases and with a Flemish University.


  • Master in bioinformatics (or equivalent) - a strong mathematical or computational background
  • Knowledge of bioinformatics programming and statistics for bioinformatics, including programming languages (e.g. Java, C, C++), scripting (e.g., Python, Perl) and R.
  • An understanding of biological databases along with various Bioinformatics tools is required
  • Experience with Unix/Linux operating systems and with NGS data analysis is a plus
  • Familiar with or strong interest in molecular biology and microbiology
  • Willing to make a thesis dissertation
  • Able to synthesize, having a strong analytical mind
  • Able to work independently; having sense of responsibilities, organization and planning
  • Team player, with good communication skills
  • Able to speak, understand and write scientific papers and reports in English
  • Passive knowledge (i.e. understanding) of Dutch and French; active knowledge (i.e. understanding and speaking) of at least one of the two languages
  • Preferably 0-1 year of professional experience (master thesis included)


  • A 4-year doctoral scholarship

More information

Stefaan Vernaeve, Unit Personnel & Organisation - - T 02/642.50.16
Sigrid De Keersmaecker, Responsible BIOTECHlab - - T 02 642 52 57
Interested? Send your application best before August 31st, 2014 via our website ( or by e-mail to

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Two open positions in Bioinformatics @ Discngine


job details:

We are currently seeking for two software engineers for open positions based in Paris, France. Strong software development skills and excellent communication skills are required.


  • Design & development of Life Science Research software
  • Functional analysis & modeling
  • Integration of Scientific software

Essential skills:

Proficiency in :

  1. Oracle, SQL/PLSQL
  2. Full Professional Proficiency in English and French
  3. Excellent relational skills
  4. Autonomy & mobility

Ideal skills:


  • Valid Masters degree in scientific informatics such as bioinformatics or chemoinformatics
  • At least 5 years work experience in Life Science Research informatics

Please send your letter of intent and curriculum to

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The first META Center Symposium on Host-Microbe Systems Biology, held in Eugene last weekend, brought together scientists from diverse disciplines for a stimulating weekend of presentations and discussions. The symposium kicked off on Friday evening with a fascinating talk by Curtis Huttenhower entitled “Known knowns and known unknowns in host-associated microbial communities,” that drew parallels between the development of microarray technology and the current emerging field of microbiome research.
  • Six scientific sessions on Saturday and Sunday featured talks from world leaders in fields including microbial ecology, infectious disease, computational biology, and population genetics. Participants were riveted by David Schneider’s presentation on modeling the dynamics of host responses to pathogen infection, with clear potential applications to many host-commensal systems.
  • Elhanan Borenstein offered another example of modeling host-associated microbial communities that used constraint based metabolic models for individual members to predict emergent biosynthetic capacities. Several presenters, including Angela Douglas and Andrew Clark, offered approaches to defining the host genetic factors that influence microbial community assembly. Others, including Larry Forney, Katie Pollard, and Ned Wingreen, showed how analysis of temporal human microbiome data could provide insights into community dynamics.
  • Andrew Goodman and Eugene Chang used elegant gnotobiotic experiments to reveal the functions of bacterial traits (defenses against antimicrobial peptides) or host processes (circadian cycles) in maintaining healthy host-microbe systems. Participants were wowed by Hyun Jung Kim’s microengineered human gut on a chip in which Caco2 cells, when cultured in microfluidic devices and subjected to forces and flows mimicking peristalsis, elaborated villar structures that could be maintained with mixed communities of probiotic bacteria.
Kicking off the 2014 META symposium- Nancy Hamren (Springfield Creamery), Karen Guillemin (University of Oregon, META Center Director), and Judith Eisen (University of Oregon)

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Thursday, 21 August 2014

Research Associate,Project Fellow,Senior Project Fellow @ CSIR - INSTITUTE OF MICROBIAL TECHNOLOGY

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job details:

CSIR-Institute of Microbial Technology, Sector-39/A, Chandigarh desires to engage Research Associate/Senior Project Fellows/ Project Fellows/ Project Assistant, Research Interns on purely temporary basis on contract under DBT/DST/ & Bose Fellowship , Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation & CSIR sponsored project at CSIR- IMTECH as per details below. The number of positions may vary depending upon the requirement of the Institute. A General Panel will be prepared which will be operative for a maximum period of one year from the date of interview.

(1)Research Associate:


(2)Project Fellow


(3)Senior Project Fellow:


(4)Research Associate


(5)Project Fellow:

The position is purely temporary on Contract basis on behalf of the Sponsorer. However, the tenure of the Project can be extended depending upon the tenure of the project and performance of the candidate. It will be co-terminus with the duration of the project. Contract may be terminated any time by giving one month’s notice by either side. The applicants will have no claim whatsoever implicit or explicit for consideration against any CSIR post.


  • As regards reservation, if all things are equal, SC/ST/OBC candidates may be given preference over General candidates so as to ensure their representation.
  • Such of the candidates who fulfils the eligibility conditions may please Walk-in-Interview on 15 & 16th September, 2014 at 8.45 A.M. (Sharp) in the Seminar Hall of this Institute (CSIR-Institute of Microbial Technology, Sector-39/A, Chandigarh-160036) along with complete bio-data in the prescribed format (to be downloaded from the IMTECH website) duly signed and enclosing the self attested photocopies of certificates/testimonials in support of Date of Birth, Qualifications/experience, etc. and one recent passport size photograph. Original certificates are also required to be produced for verification at the time of Interview.

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What Is Bioinformatics ?

An overview of the field of bioinformatics, via interviews with Jan Taylor of Nowgen and Andrew Devereau of NGRL Manchester.

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer (Level B) in Bioinformatics @ Macquarie University


job details:

Level B/C (Lecturer/Senior Lecturer) in Bioinformatics

One continuing full-time position is available.
The successful candidate will:
  • Have a PhD in a relevant discipline (biology, physics, mathematics, statistics, chemistry or computer sciences)
  • Develop and lead a research program in bioinformatics and genomic data analysis
  • Demonstrated experience in database development
  • Demonstrated interest in synthetic biology
  • Develop internal and external collaborations
  • Demonstrated ability to program in one or more relevant computer languages (such as Pearl, Python, R, C++)
  • Apply for and attract external funds
  • Strive for teaching excellence at the undergraduate and postgraduate level (postgraduate course-work or supervision)
  • Contribute to the full range of departmental activities

To be considered for these roles please address the selection criteria below and upload as a separate document.

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer (Level B) Essential Selection Criteria relative to opportunity:
  • Demonstrated potential for research excellence in one or more of the fields listed above
  • Demonstrated potential for attracting external funds
  • Demonstrated potential for developing and delivering teaching excellence
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience in building collaborations within and outside a university department
  • Additional selection criteria for appointment at Level C (Senior Lecturer) relative to opportunity:
  • Proven record of research excellence in one or more of the fields listed above
  • Proven record in attracting external funds
  • Proven record in developing and delivering teaching excellence

Research Fellow (Level B) Essential Selection Criteria relative to opportunity:

  1. A PhD in a relevant discipline (e.g. Synthetic Biology or Molecular Genetics)
  2. Demonstrated experience with molecular biology techniques. Experience in bioinformatics will be highly regarded
  3. Demonstrated skills in trouble shooting and optimising molecular techniques. In particular PCR, qPCR,RFLP, pulsed
  4. field electrophoresis, cloning and the manipulation of large DNA fragments.
  5. Experience with molecular manipulation of Saccharomyces cerevisiae.
  6. Experience in writing applications for external grant funding and fellowships
  7. Track record in building collaborations within and outside a university environment

Salary Package:

Level B (Lecturer): Base Salary from $88,741 to $104,996 per annum plus 17% superannuation and annual leave loading.
Level C (Senior Lecturer): Base Salary from $108,354 – $124,607 per annum plus 17% superannuation and annual leave loading.

Role specific enquiries:

Professor Ian Paulsen via e-mail or phone +61 2 9850 8152
Enquiries regarding the Department of Chemistry & Biomolecular Sciences: Professor Helena Nevalainen, Head of Department via e-mail or phone +61 2 9850 8135
Enquiries regarding the Department of Biological Sciences: Professor Marie Herberstein via or phone +61 2 9850 6276.

Applications Close:

  • 11:55pm Sunday 31 August 2014, Australian Eastern Standard Time
  • Macquarie University is an EO Employer committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people with a disability; women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles); Indigenous Australians, people who identify as GLBTIQ; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
  • Applications need to be submitted through the Macquarie University online recruitment system. Where circumstances such as disability or remote location prohibit your access to our online system please contact the enquiries person listed in this advertisement for assistance.

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