Senior Bioinformatics Research Assistant

2021-03-30 13:19:12

LOCATION:                            ROYAL NIOZ TEXEL 

VACANCY ID:                        2021-17

CLOSING DATE:                   May 8 2021


The Department of Marine Microbiology and Biogeochemistry (MMB) studies microbial communities and their functioning in all types of marine environments, from estuaries to the deep ocean, from tropical coral reefs to polar regions, and from the present to the past.

The Department has well-equipped molecular, chemical and microbiological laboratories, and state-of-the-art facilities for bioinformatics, flow cytometry, single-cell analysis as well as isotope and high-resolution mass spectrometry.

The Department is international and dynamic and has approximately 80 members, including PhD students, postdocs and Master students from more than 15 different countries. A group of sixteen staff scientists and fifteen research assistants (junior and senior) form the core of the Department. Nearly half of the core staff was recruited in the last three years leading to a young, vibrant, diverse and multidisciplinary department.


We are looking for a permanent enthusiastic bioinformatician for our MMB department. The optimal candidate has expertise in setting-up large-scale pipelines for the analysis of omics data and is motivated to support researchers and students with regard to their various bioinformatics needs including high-throughput biological sequence data analyses. Specifically, the person filling up this position would be responsible for:

  • Assist users with data handling for bioinformatic applications and accessing computational facilities at NIOZ for MMB and for the entire NIOZ
  • Troubleshoot problems and answer computational/bioinformatic questions from users
  • Maintenance of local copies of public biological databases
  • Interact with the IT department regarding maintenance of software on the computing servers
  • Support bioinformatic research projects by performing bioinformatic analyses, including high-throughput omics data and presentation of results to collaborators with diverse backgrounds
  • Design, implementation and maintenance of bioinformatics pipelines for common data analysis workflows (e.g. metagenomic data analysis)
  • Benchmark and evaluate pipeline performance, suggest, and implement improvements
  • Produce technical content and documentation about pipelines, computational infrastructure and analyses performed for users
  • Making large and complex biological results available in custom databases
  • Being involved in teaching bioinformatics skills in workshops developed at NIOZ



We are looking for a highly motivated team player with a background in bioinformatics, computational modeling and scientific computing, with a Bachelor degree in one of the mentioned areas. Due to the international character of the institute and department, excellent English communication skills are expected. A proven track record in research software development and in developing bioinformatic pipelines (preferentially using Snakemake), experience in working in a Linux environment, expert skills in several programming languages (at least two of: java, python, R, bash) and database management (MySQL, SQL) are essential. Furthermore, we expect previous experiences in the analysis of high-throughput omics data and evidence of efficient collaboration within a multidisciplinary research environment. Experience in project management, documentation and reporting is a requirement. A proven record of assistance in training bioinformatics skills is a strong plus. We highly encourage applicants from all members of our community and of diverse background, including LGBT+ and BAME communities, to join us.                                                            

Please note that Non-EU citizen can only apply for this position when they have a valid work permit.


  • Being appointed by the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research means being appointed by the Netherlands Foundation of Scientific Research Institutes (NWO-I);
  • A temporary contract for the duration of one year, leading to a permanent contract subject to satisfactory performance;
  • The salary depends on qualifications and experience (scale 9);
  • 42 days of leave, 8% holiday allowance, 8.3% end-of-year bonus, good pension provisions and flexible working hours;
  • Our conditions of employment are based on the Collective Labour Agreement of the Employers' Association of Research Institutes (WVOI).



For more information about the vacancy itself, please contact Laura Villanueva (Research leader), tel. no.: 31 (0)222 369428.  For more information about the procedure, please contact Immetje Duin (HR department), tel. no. 31 (0)222 369 491

If you are interested in this position please visit our website and apply for this job.


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