Ming Wai Lau Centre for Reparative Medicine (MWLC), Hong Kong

Ming Wai Lau Centre for Reparative Medicine (MWLC) aims to contribute to the improvement of human health by conducting cutting-edge research in reparative medicine and related subjects, by creating a new platform for synergies between academia and innovation in Sweden and Hong Kong as well as China and fostering future leaders in both academia and industry.

MWLC has two nodes, one in Hong Kong and one in Stockholm, currently with 4 and 6
scientific teams, respectively, specialising in different aspects of reparative medicine. The ten teams closely interact as one centre for collaborative efforts via a series of workshops and seminars interchangeably held in Hong Kong and Stockholm, as well as other routine investigator-initiated communications.

Applications are invited for a Bioinformatician position at MWLC placed in Hong Kong.

Description of the Bioinformatics platform
The Bioinformatics platform provides highly specialised bioinformatics support in the areas of genomics, epigenomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, CRISPR genome editing and systems biology. The bioinformaticians collaborate with researchers at MWLC and Hong Kong universities. The platform serves as a knowledge base connecting bioinformatics know-how already present in individual research groups of MWLC in Stockholm and Hong Kong.

We are seeking a highly motivated Bioinformatician to join our team.

Responsibility and requirements
The position will be based in Hong Kong Science Park. The successful candidate will be part of a larger network of experienced bioinformaticians in Hong Kong and Stockholm. The appointee will participate in collaborative research projects at MWLC. This includes contributing to experimental planning, data management, analysis and interpretation of the data, as well as preparing scientific publications for high profile journals. The projects combine concepts of genomics, epigenomics and technology, including whole genome sequencing, single-cell profiling and ChiP-Seq.

We welcome applications from candidates with a PhD degree in bioinformatics, computer science, biostatistics or other relevant fields. Both fresh Ph.D. graduates and experienced postdoctoral researchers are welcome to apply. Applicants with a bachelor / master degree and substantial relevant experience will also be considered.

Required skills of the successful candidate:

  • Experience in genomics research involving the analysis of next generation sequencing data, such as RNA-seq, ChiP-seq or ATAC-seq data, with a proven record of publications
  • Firm knowledge in Unix/Linux and at least one programing language, such as Perl, Python or Java
  • Experience in R and foundations of statistics
  • Basic knowledge of relevant biological areas
  • Excellent communication skills and motivation to work collaboratively
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple projects in parallel
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English

Desirable but not mandatory skills:

  • Experience in the analysis of single-cell genomics data, such as scRNA-seq or scATAC-seq
  • Experience in creating interactive applications e.g. with R-Shiny
  • Experience in pipeline and development tools such as Git or GitHub

The employment
This is a two-year full-time position, with the possibility of renewal.

The assignment will be located at MWLC, Hong Kong, and the employment will follow local labour laws.

A competitive remuneration package including 10% on top of basic salary (fully-taxable) intended as pension will be offered in addition to MPF employer’s contribution and medical benefits.

Entry requirements
To be qualified for this position, at least a bachelor's degree in bioinformatics, computer science, biostatistics or other relevant fields is required.

Application process
An application must contain the following documents in English:

  • A personal letter highlighting previous scientific accomplishments, summary of current work, technical expertise and motivation why the applicant is interested in joining the MWLC (max. 2 pages)
  • A complete curriculum vitae including work history, title of the thesis, and a complete list of publications
  • A degree certificate
  • Names, positions and contact details of two references who are familiar with the applicant’s recent research and training

The application is to be submitted through the Varbi recruitment system.

Interviews will start when applications are received.

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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment Negotiable
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Hong Kong
Country China
Reference number STÖD 2-2387/2021
  • Virpi Ahola, virpi.ahola@ki.se
Published 21.May.2021
Last application date 20.Jun.2021 11:59 PM CEST

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