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Bioinformatics Scientist at NBIS

Published: 2018-09-28

Stockholm University, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics

NBIS (the bioinformatics platform at SciLifeLab, is a large national infrastructure with currently around 80 staff. NBIS is in rapid development providing support, tools and training to the Swedish life science research community. The Short- and Medium- term Support team currently consists of more than 20 senior bioinformatics experts located at the different SciLifeLab nodes across Sweden. Through close collaboration with the different universities and their research groups as well as the data producing facilities, NBIS co-workers has astonishing possibilities to work close to research and to provide state-of-the-art bioinformatics analyses to the Swedish Life Science community.

The group Short- and Medium-term Support is one of two support tracks within NBIS, the other being the Long-term Support team (WABI). NBIS Bioinformatics Support is one of Sweden’s most established organizations with regards to e.g. analysis of large-scale sequencing projects and other related “omics” areas. Our bioinformatics experts get the opportunity to work in close collaborations with researchers to provide bioinformatics support in a broad range of topics. The projects handled by Bioinformaticians are “fee-for-service” where the research group pays user fees. In addition to providing support, NBIS also provides advanced training for the users of our infrastructure. NBIS currently organizes around 30 Bioinformatics course events every year.

We are now looking for one staff scientist to join the NBIS Short- and Medium-term Support team. The work within NBIS is focused on providing first-class support to life science researchers across Sweden. You will get the opportunity to work in a vibrant research-close environment in a range of interesting projects and different research groups. This in conjunction with the broad expertise found within the organization creates a high impact forum for the bioinformatics experts within NBIS. In addition to the support work, you are expected to teach on the advanced training courses.

The position is placed at SciLifeLab Stockholm, which is closely located to the Karolinska Institutet in Solna.


Main responsibilities
The bioinformatics staff scientist will:

  • Provide advanced bioinformatics support in a wide variety of research projects.
  • Educate other scientists in bioinformatics through collaboration within supported projects, advanced training at national courses.
  • Take part in the continuous development and improvement of the NBIS bioinformatics platform at a national level.


Qualification requirements
NBIS Short-and Medium- term Support team is looking for a highly driven bioinformatician with a strong background and interest in bioinformatics analyses, especially focusing on NGS or third generation sequencing technologies and methods. Experience from analyses in RNA-seq, scRNA-seq and whole genome sequencing is a plus but not a requirement. Other areas of interest is statistics, cancer bioinformatics, systems biology/data integration or experience from large-scale methylation analyses.

The successful candidate should have (i) a PhD in bioinformatics or other relevant area, (ii) knowledge in one or more programming languages, preferably Python and/or Perl (iii) fluent oral and written communication skills in English, and (iv) strong skills in cooperation and communication. Postdoctoral studies are a strong merit but not a requirement. Strong skills in experimental design and ability to work in different projects are also beneficial. Reproducible research and FAIR data are central concepts to NBIS. The greatest importance will be given to personal appropriateness.


Terms of employment
This is a full-time, indefinite-term position with a six-month trial period. Start date as per agreement. Salaries at Stockholm University are determined individually; therefore, please indicate your requested salary. Start date immediately.


Further information about the position can be obtained from Jessica Lindvall, NBIS Support manager (Short- Medium-term Support team), telephone: +46 70 710 63 47,, and NBIS Director, Bengt Persson,


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