PhD Research Fellow in Bioinformatics – Noruega

A position as PhD Research fellow is available at the Department of Informatics.

The fellowship will be for a period of 3 years, with no compulsory work or for a period of 4 years, with 25 % compulsory work (teaching responsibilities at the department) contingent on the qualifications of the candidate and the teaching needs of the department. Starting date no later than 1 October 2015. No one can be appointed for more than one fixed-term period at the same institution.

The research fellow will take part in the Centre for Computational Inference in Evolutionary Life Sciences (CELS). CELS is a multidisciplinary centre within life sciences comprising strong research environments in biology and statistical and computational methods for data analysis. CELS addresses fundamental biological questions related to the genotype-phenotype paradigm, how the environment affects genome evolution and development of methods for integrated analysis of genomic and other biotic and abiotic data. A main goal is to develop interdisciplinary research activities generating science of true interest for computer scientists, statisticians and biologists.

Job description
Metagenomics is the study of the genetic material in a sample containing a mix of different microbial organisms. These samples may have be obtained from such diverse locations as the gut of an animal (e.g. humans or fishes), from the depths of the oceans, or from the soil somewhere on earth. Recent advances in DNA sequencing technologies have enabled very large amounts of such data to be obtained for analysis. Extracting biological meaningful information from these huge datasets involve hard computational challenges that can only be solved by good algorithms and efficient parallelization. Interpreting the data correctly can advance science by a better understanding of, for example, the diversity of ecosystems or how the immune system responds to exposure to microorganisms.

We are seeking a highly motivated candidate to develop new or improved algorithms and tools for metagenomics with substantially improved functionality, accuracy or speed that will be highly valuable for the scientific community. This is an opportunity to develop open source software in areas like error detection and removal, clustering, classification as well as genome assembly, where we have already contributed with tools like SWARM and VSEARCH. The successful candidate will be embedded in a vibrant bioinformatics environment connected to two Norwegian Centres of Excellence, and have access to first-rate computational infrastructure. The position is associated with the Centre for Computational Inference in Evolutionary Life Science (CELS) at UiO. The CELS research environment offers extensive experience with high-throughput sequencing and assembly of large genomes such as that of Atlantic cod (doi:10.1038/nature10342). The candidate will be supervised by an interdisciplinary team of scientists and will collaborate with other PhD research fellows within CELS.
Fecha cierre de convocatoria: 13 abril 2015
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