Postdoctoral scientist in bacteria genomics

At the Department of Biomedical Sciences – Unit of Diagnostic Bacteriology

The Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) is internationally recognized as a center of excellence for education, research and service delivery in the field of tropical medicine. The Unit of Diagnostic Bacteriology at the Department of Biomedical Sciences is developing and validating innovative diagnostic tests for tropical bacterial infections. We recently launched several new projects in which we use metagenomics and genomics to identify and study pathogens in clinical samples. To support these activities and to develop new projects, we are looking for a postdoctoral scientist in genomics data analysis.

• Coordinate the bioinformatics activities at the Diagnostic Bacteriology Unit.
• Develop and validate a metagenomics approach to identify bacteria in clinical samples.
• Develop the data analysis for a study on whole genome sequencing of Salmonella isolates.
• Assist in the data analysis of genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics projects in the unit.
• Develop your own research lines and apply for competitive grants.
• Coach MSc and PhD students.

• You have a Master degree in biology, bioengineering or bioinformatics (or equivalent) and a PhD degree in sciences, preferably in the field of genomics or metagenomics.
• You have strong skills in bioinformatic analysis of whole genome sequence data.
• Additional skills in the analysis of transcriptomics and proteomics data are an asset.
• Additional skills in bacteriology and molecular biology are an asset.
• You have excellent knowledge of English.
• You have proven that you can work in a multi-disciplinary context and lead research lines.

• An intellectually stimulating, international and socially committed environment, with room for personal initiative.
• A full time contract as postdoctoral scientist for one year, extendable. Starting date is as soon as possible.
• A salary set according to the pay scales of the ITM and the Flemish universities.
• Reimbursement of public transport costs, bicycle compensation and luncheon vouchers.
• You will work at the ITM headquarter in the bustling city of Antwerp.

For more information about this position, please contact Prof. Stijn Deborggraeve, Head of the Diagnostic Bacteriology Unit ( Applications with motivation letter, application form and contact details of at least 3 references should be received by email at by February 16, 2015. Please use the application form available as a download on

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Prof. Stijn Deborggraeve, Head of the Diagnostic Bacteriology Unit (

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