Bioinformatician / Data Scientist

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Bioinformatician / Data Scientist

Bioinformatician / Data Scientist

About the IRB
The Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB; in Bellinzona, Switzerland, is
an internationally recognized research center. The activities of its 13 research groups, range
from human immunology to the fields of DNA repair, rare diseases, structural and cell
biology. Since 2009, the IRB is affiliated with the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) and
is part of the newly created Faculty of Biomedical Sciences, which started a Master of
Medicine program in 2020. The IRB is also affiliated with the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics
(SIB) and has a collaboration agreement with ETH Zurich.
IRB benefits from a wide international network of collaborations and provides teaching and
training programs for graduate students from Swiss and foreign Universities. So far, over 100
IRB students have successfully defended their thesis and obtained excellent positions at
leading institutions all over the world. The IRB is supported by grants from the European
Union, the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the
National Institutes of Health, and other agencies and foundations.

The IRB is recruiting an outstanding data scientist for our bioinformatics core facility (BCF).
The BCF closely collaborates with IRB scientists and provides support for the analysis of
large data sets. As a member of the BCF you will develop novel approaches at the
intersection of data collection, analysis and integration. You will be working with a range of
genomic and cellular data types, including single-cell RNA sequencing, B and T cell
repertoires and mass spectrometry analyses, multi-omics data integration, functional
analysis at systems biology level, statistical and computational support. Furthermore, you will
be adding statistical rigor to experimental processes. An ideal candidate will be enthusiastic
about using data science and bioinformatics to further our understanding of the immune

You profile
Applicants should hold a Master or a PhD degree in bioinformatics or/and life sciences, with
an excellent background in NGS analysis and relevant experience in the field. Wet lab
experience a plus.

Other requirements:

  • Knowledge of the latest bioinformatics pipelines for data analysis

  • Good knowledge of scripting and programming languages used in data science
    (e.g., bash, R and Python) and of the UNIX/Linux environment.

  • Experience in analysis of human sequence data using bioinformatics tools and
    omics databases

  • Experience in the analysis of single cell data

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Exciting work environment and a competitive salary are offered for this full-time position of
strategic importance to the growth of the institute. Remote working may be possible for a
portion of the time.

Please send your application to, including a cover letter with
expected availability date, CV, a complete list of publications and the contact address of at
least 2 references.

Application deadline: May 15, 2021.

Earliest start: immediate.

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