Job:Position for a bioinformatician at the University of Amsterdam
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Faculty of Science - Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences

The Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences (SILS) is one of the Faculty of Science's largest institutes of the University of Amsterdam. Its approximately 230 scientists and staff members work in 14 research groups that perform excellent research centered on four themes: 1) The Living Cell, 2) Plant Signaling, 3) Neuroscience, and 4) Life Science Technologies.

The MAD: Dutch Genomics Service & Support Provider is the genomics technologies and applied bioinformatics expertise center of SILS. Since 2000 an enthusiastic team of 15 diverse specialists focuses on the innovation, implementation and application of microarray technology, next-generation sequencing technology, and bioinformatics methods. This includes the use of these approaches in biological and biomedical research in collaboration with many other research groups. As such, the MAD operates as a genomics scientific collaborator in numerous research projects within SILS, other universities and academic hospitals, as well as various companies in the Netherlands.

In the context of these collaborations, we are seeking a Bioinformatician.

Job description

The MAD has a long-standing expertise in advanced transcriptomics analysis. Next to the well-established microarray technology, the MAD-IBU was granted a 'NWO middelgroot project' with which a set-up next-generation sequencing (IonProton) has been set up. Also the required ICT infrastructure, as well as the bioinformatics environment has been created. This offers a unique starting point for an exciting mixture of established and innovative genomics experimentation both for our own research and that of our collaborators. These experiments concern transcriptome research, cancer research, toxicogenomics, food safety, ageing, plant sciences, ecogenomics, neurosciences, etc. MAD is intertwined with the recently established research group 'RNA Biology and Applied Bioinformatics (RB&AB)'.

The applied bioinformatician will play a key role in the bioinformatics analysis of transcriptomics and genomics experiments. He/she will employ all necessary bioinformatics methods, tools and infrastructure in close cooperation with MAD and RB&AB wet-lab scientists as well as scientists from collaborating institutes and companies. The bioinformatician will be embedded in and supported by the whole MAD/RB&AB dry-lab team.


  • Higher professional education or MSc. in bioinformatics or expertise at a comparable professional level;
  • Experience with scripting in R, Python or Perl;
  • Affinity with life-science research;
  • Basic skills in applied biostatistics;
  • Good communicative skills.

Further information

For more detailed information regarding this position you are invited to contact:


The appointment will be on a temporary basis for a period of two years. Based on a full-time appointment (38 hours per week), the salary will range from €2.542 to €3,491 gross per month (salary scale 9). If your expertise and experience are such that you are able to function at a higher level, a salary according to scale 10 (to €3,831) may be negotiable. The Collective Employment Agreement of the Dutch Universities is applicable.

Job application

Applications may be submitted by sending your application to To process your application immediately, please quote the vacancy number 14-081 and the position you are applying for in the subject-line.

Applications must include a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a cover letter and the names and contact details of two academic referees. All these should be grouped in one PDF attachment.

Applications will be accepted until 31 May 2014.

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