Job description

  • You contribute to the strategic research of SCK•CEN on the biological impact of radioactivity and radiation in nuclear, space and medical applications, through the exploitation of high-throughput biological data using your bio-informatics expertise.

  • You help develop and guide the bio-informatics research within the SCK•CEN Interdisciplinary BioSciences team towards valuable applications, with a clear vision for the future.
  • You will use your technology watch skills to follow trends in new technologies and bioinformatics approaches, and you are the driving force for the integration of novel bioinformatics tools, e.g. for new sequencing technologies (e.g. PacBio, NanoPore).

  • You will develop your network with research and valorisation partners, and take the lead for, or contribute to, the design and writing of new research proposals, or collaborations with scientific partners and industry.

  • You contribute, with your bioinformatics expertise, to different research projects within a multidisciplinary team by developing tailored bioinformatics pipelines for a wide range of high-throughput data and biological applications (microbiome, (meta)genomics, comparative genomics, transcriptomics, flowcytometry, etc.), and the data produced within our new in-house proteomics platform, including the integration of all those data using a systems biology approach.

  • You will initiate new PhD projects and coach/mentor students during their doctoral research, or their Master and Bachelor thesis work.

  • You will take the lead in converting the bioinformatics expertise into scientific publications, and present your results at national and international conferences and symposia.

  • You use your knowledge for coaching and training your colleagues on bioinformatics and biostatistics within their research and project proposals.

  • You coordinate the maintenance of the bioinformatics infrastructure including data back-up, server maintenance, server user management, bioinformatics software installation and updates.

Required qualifications

  • A Master or PhD degree in Bioinformatics or Computational Biology, with excellent knowledge of molecular biology is required. A PostDoc, or equivalent job experience in the field of bioinformatics is a strong plus.
  • Having knowledge and experience with unix/linux is essential;
  • Hands-on-experience with bioinformatics tools for the data analysis of high-throughput data is needed; hands-on-experiences with microbiology relevant data sets is a strong plus.
  • Being an expert in one or more scripting and programming languages such as Perl, Python , Java, C++, … is essential;
  • Having solid experience in database management (with knowledge of PostgreSQL, mySQL, PHP, …) is a plus;
  • Having good skills in biostatistical analysis tools and programs, next to familiarity with the R environment and the use of BioConductor and other R-based programs is a plus;
  • Have a professional work attitude, be ready to take responsibilities and be quality-driven;
  • Be an independent researcher but team player and be able to work in a multidisciplinary environment;
  • Be experienced in the writing of project proposals, have good scientific communication skills, and be experienced in the scientific editing of publications and presentations;
  • Experience in the field of microbiology is a strong plus
  • Requires excellent knowledge of English language; and knowledge of Dutch and/or French is a strong plus.


Should you have any questions, please contact

Craninx An-Sofie
+32 (0)14 33 25 84