Sr/Jr bioinformatics scientist

Город Okinawa, Japan
Опубликовано 20.04.2017
Категория Биоинформатика
Тип вакансии Полная занятость
Постдок или научный сотрудник


Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology


Senior/Junior Bioinformatics Researcher, Biological Systems Unit



We seek a Bioinformatics Researcher to work on metagenomics in environmental systems and synthetic biology


Senior/Junior Bioinformatics Researcher, Biological Systems Unit


Working Location:

Onna-son and Naha, Okinawa, Japan



Senior Bioinformatics Researcher is available in the Biological Systems Unit at the newly established Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) to work on development on new bioremediation and waste water treatment (WWT) technologies. 

Microbial fuel cells (MFCs) are devices that can use bacterial metabolism to produce electrical current from a wide range of organic substrates. Research and development has increased in the last few years all over the world. MFCs have started to be used in practice, but for large-scale applications cost reductions and higher power output are required. To further enhance the technology a better understanding of the environmentally-derived microbiological communities as a system is necessary. We also wish to enhance the ability of electrogenic microbial communities to utilise and degrade wastes and toxic chemicals. Our primary R&D focus will be on a better understanding of microbial communities in MFCs as a system, together with further optimisation of the MFC technology.

The position holder will be responsible for the development and support of bioinformatics pipeline(s), development and implementation of methods and tools for meta-genomic and other omics data analysis.


Other responsibilities

Collect, process, document and analyze high throughout experimental data. Document experimental and computational procedures and results.

Provide help in teaching postgraduates in bioinformatics and systems biology.

Supervision of younger researchers and technicians.

Preparation of research publications.

Primary R&D focus for the position will be computational and theoretical methods for a better mechanistic understanding of processes in waste water treatment systems, together with further optimization of these technologies.

For informal enquiries please contact Professor Igor Goryanin




  • PhD in a relevant domain (bioinformatics, systems/synthetic biology), >5 years post-doc experience and skills to do technological research for Sr. Researcher. Msc in a relevant domain (bioinformatics, systems/synthetic biology) for Jr researcher.
  • Fluent in English.
  • The candidate is able to communicate well with fellow researchers in similar and other relevant disciplines. The candidate is a team player and enthusiastically co-supervise junior researchers, students and performing senior research tasks.
  • Strong writing skills. Publications track record in international journals for Sr.
  • Strong programming skills (Unix, Java, R).



  • Working knowledge of other programming languages (Perl, Python, C++)
  • Practical experience working with metagenomes.
  • Working knowledge of bioinformatics databases, pipelines and tools.



Full-time, Fixed term appointment for 1 or 2 years contract initially with 3 month probationary period. This contract may be renewed up to 3 years .


In accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulations



Annual paid leave, summer holidays, social insurance (shakai-hoken) includes health insurance, welfare pension insurance, commuting allowances and relocation


Submission Documents:

1) Curriculum vitae in English, including response to requirements for Responsibilities and Qualifications.

2) Cover letter in English

3) Names and contact information for 3 references


Starting Date:



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