Postdoc­toral Re­searcher in Computational Biology, Bioin­form­at­ics and Ge­net­ics

Updated: 23 days ago
Deadline: 03 Oct 2021

Dr. Pasi Rastas at the Institute of Biotechnology, HiLIFE, University of Helsinki, Finland, is inviting applications for post-doctoral researcher in the area of computational biology, bioinformatics and genetics. We are seeking for curious, dedicated and enthusiastic scientist to work on genetic recombination via linkage maps on multiple species.

The Institute of Biotechnology is a research institute at Helsinki Institute of Life Science HiLIFE, University of Helsinki, located in the Viikki Science park. The Institute harbours ~appr. 35 research groups and 250 researchers, and it operates at the highest international level. For more information on the Institute, please visit . The Institute and the University have excellent infrastructure for computational work and for collaboration.

The post-doctoral applicant should hold a PhD in a relevant subject, such as biology, bioinformatics, computer science, statistics, etc. Also applicants finishing their degree will be considered (with doctoral student salary level until PhD degree obtained) . Strong experience in computational science, genetic data analysis, genomics, population genetics and phylogenetics are valued as well as good communication skills. The working language is English; knowledge of Finnish is not a requirement.

The research plan is to characterise and study recombination variation on many species from available public data. The work includes applying, developing and refining the linkage mapping pipelines based on Lep-MAP3 and Lep-Anchor software. New features to consider include, e.g. polyploid species, complex family structures and QTL mapping. The obtained results will be published in a database named ‘1000 linkage maps project’. Currently, such resource is not available, and the diversity of used methods, procedures and data makes it difficult to obtain comparable recombination estimates from the literature.

This is a great opportunity to work on linkage mapping and obtain in-depth technical skills in the research area. The position will provide excellent opportunities for collaboration both within and outside the Institute and the University. There is financial possibilities to visit and collaborate with other groups outside the University of Helsinki.

The postdoctoral position is initially limited to 2 years, with a possibility of extension. The salary will be based on the University salary scheme (level 5 for a postdoctoral position) for teaching and research personnel composed of both task specific and personal performance component. The position is available immediately or as agreed, with preferred latest starting date being Jan 2022.

Application should include the following documents as a single pdf file: CV (2 pages), list of publications, and a motivation letter (1 page) including a description of your research interests. You may also list at most two referees with contact details. Please submit your application, together with the required pdf attachment, through the University of Helsinki electronic recruitment system by clicking on the ‘Apply for job’ button. Internal applicants (current employees of the University of Helsinki) should submit their applications through the SAP HR portal. For technical support regarding the recruitment system, please contact ‘ ’.

The deadline for the applications is 3rd of October, 2021, or until suitable candidate have been found. Please don’t hesitate to ask questions about the position from the undersigned.

Dr. Pasi Rastas ( )

P Rastas: Lep-Anchor: automated construction of linkage map anchored haploid genomes. Bioinform. 36(8): 2359-2364 (2020)
P Rastas: Lep-MAP3: robust linkage mapping even for low-coverage whole genome sequencing data. Bioinform. 33(23): 3726-3732 (2017)
Stapley J, et al. Variation in recombination frequency and distribution across eukaryotes: patterns and processes. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 372(1736):20160455 (2017)

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