Senior/Junior Bioinformatics Researcher, Biological Systems Unit, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology

Working Location: Onna-son, Okinawa, Japan Responsibilities: Bioinformatics Researcher is available in the Biological Systems Unit at the newly established Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) to work on metagenomes data analysis for environmental and antimicrobial applications. Microbial fuel cells (MFCs) are devices that can use bacterial metabolism to produce electrical current from a wide range of organic substrates. Research and development has increased in the last few years all over the world. MFCs have started to be used in practice, but for large-scale applications cost reductions and higher power output are required. To further enhance the technology a better understanding of the environmentally-derived microbiological communities as a system is necessary. We also wish to enhance the ability of electrogenic microbial communities to utilise and degrade wastes and toxic chemicals. Our primary R&D focus is on a better understanding of microbial communities in MFCs as a system, together with further optimisation of the MFC technology for different applications The position holder will be responsible for the development and support of bioinformatics pipeline(s), development and implementation of methods and tools for meta-genomic and other omics data analysis. Other responsibilities Collect, process, document and analyze high throughout experimental data. Document experimental and computational procedures and results. Preparation of research publications. Primary R&D focus for the position will be computational methods for a better understanding of metagenomes. Qualifications: (Required) 1) Strong programming skills (R, Unix) 2) MsC in a relevant domain. 3) Fluent in English. 4) Good writing skills. Publications track record in international journals for Sr. Researcher (Preferred) 1) Working knowledge of other programming languages (Java, C++, Python, Perl) 2) Practical experience working with metagenomes and human genomes. 3) Working knowledge of bioinformatics databases, pipelines and tools.
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For informal inquiries please contact Professor Igor Goryanin
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Expiration date: 
Tuesday, October 1, 2019