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We're hiring a new (Gen)Omics Bioinformatician!

Ben Caljon

Looking for a challenging position within our Bio-IT team, seek no further.

(Gen)omics bioinformatician

Brussels Interuniversity Genomics High Throughput core (BRIGHTcore) is the joint interunversity genomics platform of the VUB and ULB. At BRIGHTcore we work together with different partners to develop custom novel tests and applications in diagnostics and research both on the wetlab as well as the bioinformatics level.

The current bioinformatics team consists of four bioinformaticians with a variety of backgrounds. We mainly work in a local Belac-accredited unix cluster environment. Together with our wetlab application specialists we support a diverse range of university and hospital departments, with a focus on genetics, oncology, fertility and microbiology.

To expand its expertise BRIGHTcore is looking for an enthousiastic (gen)omics bioinformatician.

This position offers the unique opportunity to combine your skills with a noble cause – better diagnostics that directly benefit people.

What the role entails:
  • Development of new analyses pipelines, continuous development/implementation of new features in existing pipelines

  • Validation of code/pipeline/tools within our accredited diagnostic environment

  • Initiating and maintaining contacts with internal and external partners to analyze and realize their bioinformatics needs

  • Manage your own projects, communicate with all stakeholders, regularly present your progress

  • Possibility to initiate health care related bioinformatics research on the VUB-UZ Brussel Health campus.

  • Possibility to supervise PhD and master students as well as researchers  

Who are we looking for:
  • You have a PhD in a relevant field or master’s degree with at least 4 years of equivalent work experience in the field of bioinformatics.

  • You have demonstrable experience with the data analysis of at least one omics technology (genomics, transcriptomics, epigenomics, ...).

  • You have experience with at least one of the following languages: Python, R or perl.

  • You are used to work in a UNIX environment and familiar with Bash

  • If you have the following skills, it would be a plus:

    • relational databases

    • analysis of long-read sequencing data

    • structural and copy-number variant detection in genome and exome data

    • workflow management systems  

About you:
  • You possess the ability to see and support the bigger picture.

  • You have a proactive attitude

  • You keep a vigilant eye on tasks and responsibilities, ensuring nothing is overlooked and all aspects are well-managed.

  • You are eager to learn and show initiative

  • You have a strong analytical mindset and are good at problem solving

  • You pick things up quickly

  • You can work independently as well as in an interdisciplinary setting

  • You have an excellent knowledge of English, a good knowledge of Dutch is a plus given the Dutch-speaking nature of the organization.  

What can we offer you?

A full-time contract (38h) of indefinite duration;

Possibility of working from home 

Extra-legal benefits:  

  • Supplementary pension fund;

  • Hospitalization insurance, including outpatient care at the UZ Brussel;

  • Insurance guaranteed income;

  • Intervention in transportation expenses:

    • Full reimbursement of public transportation.

    • Bicycle allowance

    • Mileage allowance for cars

    • Possibility of bicycle leasing for commuting

  • Reduced fares in the company restaurant;

  • Access to parking at the hospital and distance parking at exit 9 (Jette) and the research park in Zellik;

  • Access to "Benefits at Work" employee discounts;

  • 27 vacation days;

  • End of year bonus;

  • You will find yourself in an application domain with a lot of variety and the latest technologies;

  • You will have varied challenges in term of content and you will work independently in a nice team;

  • You work in a challenging hospital organization and you have room for personal development and evolution;

The UZ Brussel forms the Brussels Health Campus together with the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Erasmushogeschool Brussel. On this campus, located between exit 9 of the Brussels ring road and the Laarbeek forest, you will also find a nursery (according to K&G system), childcare during the vacations, an elementary school and a fitness center.  


Apply online using the apply button. If you have questions, please phone us on 02 801 24 27

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