PhD Candidate in Bioinformatics

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 01 Apr 2024

24 Feb 2024
Job Information

Radboud University
Research Field

Researcher Profile

Recognised Researcher (R2)
First Stage Researcher (R1)

Application Deadline

1 Apr 2024 - 22:00 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Not Applicable
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

Are you fascinated by microbiology and the microbial interactions that have shaped our planet and all life upon it? And would you like to delve into metagenomic datasets to uncover the complexities of host-virus interactions and their role in Ecology and Evolution? Become a part of our team as a PhD candidate and dive into the unexplored microbial world using bioinformatics!

Asgard archaea, are recognised as the closest prokaryotic relatives of eukaryotes. Metagenomic recovery and analysis of Asgard genomes have allowed us to identify proteins within this group of prokaryotes that were previously considered exclusive eukaryotic signature proteins (ESPs). Despite recent descriptions of viruses and other mobile genetic elements (MGEs) infecting Asgard archaea, the impact of these interactions on eukaryogenesis and the development of ESPs remains largely unexplored.

In this PhD project, you will delve into the influence of MGEs on the evolution of Asgard archaea using forefront bioinformatics. Your work will include developing innovative computational methods to extract viral genomes from metagenomic datasets, creating novel approaches to associate viruses with their hosts, and establishing precise and reproducible methods for annotating viral genomes. During this project, you will join a dynamic and diverse research team in the Department of Microbiology at the Radboud Institute for Biological and Environmental Sciences (RIBES), where you will have opportunities for collaboration and to provide viral information in different scientific contexts and contribute with a teaching workload up to 10% of your working time.

Specific Requirements
  • You hold a Master's degree in Microbiology, Biology, Bioinformatics, Computer Science, or a related field.
  • You are proficient in English and have good communication skills.You are enthusiastic, curious and open-minded.
  • You have at least basic programming skills in languages such as Python, Bash, or R.
  • You can work independently as well as in a team.
  • You are enthusiastic, curious, and open-minded.
  • Prior experience in microbiology research and environmental metagenomics is advantageous.

Additional Information
  • Employment for 0.8 (5 year contract) - 1.0 FTE (4 year contract).
  • The gross starting salary amounts to €2,770 per month based on a 38-hour working week, and will increase to €3,539 in the fourth year (salary scale P ).
  • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • You will be employed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years (4 year contract) or 3.5 years (5 year contract).
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services . Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
  • Working for us means getting extra days off. In case of full-time employment, you can choose between 30 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the legally allotted 20.

Work and science require good employment practices. This is reflected in Radboud University's primary and secondary employment conditions . You can make arrangements for the best possible work-life balance with flexible working hours, various leave arrangements and working from home. You are also able to compose part of your employment conditions yourself, for example, exchange income for extra leave days and receive a reimbursement for your sports subscription. And of course, we offer a good pension plan. You are given plenty of room and responsibility to develop your talents and realise your ambitions. Therefore, we provide various training and development schemes.

Selection process

You can apply until 1 April 2024, exclusively using the button below. Kindly address your application to Pedro Leão. Please fill in the application form and attach the following documents:

  • A letter of motivation.
  • Your CV.

The first round of interviews will take place on Monday 8 April. You would preferably begin employment as soon as possible.

We can imagine you're curious about our application procedure . It offers a rough outline of what you can expect during the application process, how we handle your personal data and how we deal with internal and external candidates. If you wish to apply for a non-scientific position with a non-EU nationality, please take notice of the following information .

Additional comments

For questions about the position, please contact Pedro Leão, Assistant Professor, at 06 41 74 87 11 or [email protected] .

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Work Location(s)
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Radboud University
Postal Code
6525 XZ
Houtlaan 4

Where to apply



Houtlaan 4
Postal Code

6525 XZ


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