Bioinformatician Jobs Vacancy at icipe in Kenya 2013

Job Title:  Bioinformatician — Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics Unit


icipe—African Insect Science for Food and Health is an intergovernmental organisation funded by governmental aid agencies, UN organisations and private foundations to carry out research and training in environmentally sound and sustainable management of arthropods for improving health and agricultural productivity in the tropics. icipe has approximately 350 staff to support its research and capacity building programmes located at various sites in Kenya and Ethiopia.

icipe wishes to urgently recruit a suitable person to fill the position of BIOINFORMATICIAN in the Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics Unit, enrolled on the H3Africa Bioinformatics Network grant. Based in Nairobi, Kenya, the appointment will initially be for two years, renewable. A competitive compensation package will be offered to the right candidate.

i. Overall duties

To provide support for training and data analysis at the Centre, and in collaboration with a network of bioinformaticians in 20 African countries, as well as geneticists and clinical researchers who will be generating large health-related datasets for analysis.

ii. Specific duties

The successful candidate is expected to:

Manage and ensure quality control of genomics and other metadata;
Design, establish and manage databases to store and share sequencing data; and
Develop pipelines for genome assembly, annotation and other computational analyses.

iii. Knowledge required for performing the job

The successful candidate will be expected to have the following skills and abilities:

Knowledge of bioinformatics computational packages;
Solid working knowledge of various bioinformatics packages used for genome data analysis; and
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, in English.

Experience in the following areas will be considered an asset:

Skills in Linux installation, configuration and administration;
Knowledge of genome sequencing strategies; and
Familiarity with concepts in Next Generation Sequencing, Genotyping, Genome Wide Association analysis, SNP/Variant analysis.

iv. Requirements/Qualifications

MSc degree in bioinformatics or closely related field.
At least one years’ working experience in a bioinformatics position.
Proven experience in programming and web-site development.
An understanding and working knowledge of advanced computer systems such as high-performance clusters.

v. Disposition

Good communication and interpersonal skills that establish a good working relationship with customers/clients.
Ability to multi-task.
Ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines, and monitor and follow-up on pending matters under minimum supervision.

vi. Reporting

This position reports to the Principal Investigator and Co-Principal Investigator.

How to Apply:
Applications will be accepted up to 15th February 2013, or until the position is filled, whichever is earlier. Please quote the  job reference number IRS/03/012013 on the envelope and application cover letter reference line, or email subject line. Only applications of shortlisted candidates will be acknowledged. Please send an application with a detailed CV, current salary details, a one-page write-up on how you consider yourself suitable for the above job, and names and addresses of 3 referees, including e-mail addresses and fax numbers to:

Human Resources Department
icipe—African Insect Science for Food and Health
P.O. Box 30772-00100

Deadline: 15th Feb 2013

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