Staff Bioinformatician/Computational Biologist

Updated: about 7 hours ago
Job Type: Permanent

100%, Zurich, fixed-term

The mission of the Institute of Microbiology  (IMB) at ETH Zürich is to advance cutting-edge research in microbiology and immunology. To this end, the IMB provides a collaborative environment with a focus on understanding microbial communities and microbe-host interactions in diverse systems ranging from the ocean and plants to mice and humans. The IMB maintains interdisciplinary collaborations with several groups in the ETH domain, at the national level (for example, the NCCR Microbiomes ) as well as international partners and large research consortia.

We are seeking a motivated, skilled and organised Staff Bioinformatician/Computational Biologist to join our team as a Staff Bioinformatician of the IMB.

Job description
  • Data analysis. The candidate supports research projects of PhD students and postdocs at the IMB by applying (and/or advising on) appropriate biostatistics and modelling methods for the analysis, integration and visualization of omics data (e.g., genomics, metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics).

  • Data and IT infrastructural management. The candidate supports the management, storage and submission to relevant repositories of the various data types (i.e., omics and imaging) that are generated at the IMB, and collaborates with the IT staff and Senior Bioinformatician of the IMB to maintain infrastructure for administrative and teaching needs.

  • Training of IMB members in relevant areas of bioinformatics/computational biology. The candidate supports the training of PhD students and postdocs by organising individual sessions and regular teaching sessions (e.g., workshops) for the members of the IMB.

  • Development of tools and methods for biological data analysis. Initiatives to develop tools and methods for the analysis of omics data, also in the context of career development, are welcome.


Required qualifications:

  • PhD (or MSc) in bioinformatics, biostatistics, computer science, computational biology or related field
  • Excellent communication, teamwork and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated experience in the modelling and analysis of omics data
  • Solid understanding of biological/statistical data analysis methods
  • Proficient programming skills (e.g., Python, R, UNIX/bash scripting, use of HPC systems)

The following additional qualifications may be advantageous:

  • Expertise in statistical approaches to integrate multi-omics data
  • Background in microbial population/comparative genomics, ecology and evolution, physiology and metabolism 



We offer

The position is located at the Institute of Microbiology at ETH Zürich and embedded in the Laboratory of Microbiome Research , providing an environment of complementary expertise in the area of bioinformatics and infrastructure for high-performance computational analysis. You will work within a vibrant, highly-collaborative research environment with ample opportunities for advanced training, networking, and career development.

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Curious? So are we.

We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents by July 31st 2024:

  • A Cover/motivation letter (one page) that demonstrates your suitability for the offered position
  • A Curriculum Vitae including a list of publications and academic records
  • Names and contact information of two references
  • Work references and/or other certificates

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

Questions regarding the position should be directed to Prof. Dr Shinichi Sunagawa ([email protected] ).

For recruitment services the GTC of ETH Zurich  apply.

About ETH Zürich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.

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