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Bioinformatics Scientist
KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology)

  • Jul. 12, 2017
  • Bioinformatics Scientist
  • KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology)
    Saudi Arabia
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Biology - General
    Biology - Computational
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Bioinformatics Scientist
KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology)


Established in 2009, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is an international, graduate-level, merit-based research University dedicated to advancing scientific and technological education and research. The University acts as a catalyst for innovation, economic development and social prosperity in the region and in the world. Research at KAUST strives to enhance the welfare of society through focusing on four areas of global significance: food, water, energy and the environment. Based near Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and located on the shores of the Red Sea, KAUST attracts top-notch faculty and staff from all over the world, with more than 80 nations currently represented on campus.

The University brings people together who want to create impact beyond their own achievements within a growing institution. Irrespective of their national origins, the people of KAUST are people of the world who uphold the University's values of achievement, passion, inspiration, citizenship, diversity, integrity and openness. KAUST has exceptional standards for community residences and recreational facilities and boasts a truly multicultural community environment that can be enjoyed by all, along with ample opportunities to balance work and life. Expatriate employees enjoy exceptional packages, including tax-free salaries, relocation allowances, provided on-campus and fully furnished accommodation and other additional incentives.

Role Summary
An exciting opportunity has become available in the Bioscience Core Lab (BCL) at KAUST.

We are seeking a highly motivated and collaborative bioinformatics scientist to join our facility. The bioinformatics scientist will play a key role in developing data processing and analysis methods to support the growth of our state-of-the-art sequencing platforms (e.g. Illumina, PacBio and Oxford Nanopore) and to address a broad range of advanced scientific questions, in addition to optimizing informatics workflows to facilitate timely and robust data generation. The scope of this position spans from handling raw data of the instrument all the way to downstream data analysis and interpretation. This position involves frequent interactions with bench scientists, facility users, faculties, researchers, vendors, IT and other stakeholders.

We are a core lab facility and the working environment and mentality is service- and support-oriented in a cooperative spirit. In addition to the competitive employment package, KAUST provides its employees a beautiful resort-like international environment to live and work.

Major Responsibilities:

Seek, evaluate, develop, implement and apply advanced bioinformatics methods to address scientific questions
Stay up-to-date on the development of cutting-edge life sciences technologies
Partner with bench scientists in developing and optimizing innovative assays and methodologies
Advice facility users and PIs in experimental design and data analysis strategies
Design and provide advanced trainings to users
Support robust and efficient data management in the facility
Make contributions to advance research in KAUST and beyond


PhD in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, or related fields with extensive experience is required
Experience with analyzing large-scale NGS data is required
Experience with third generation sequencing is a plus
Additional experience in proteomics analysis (e.g. mass spectrometry) is a plus
Demonstrated scientific expertise and knowledge in the genomics field
Proficiency in Python, Perl, R or other scripting languages. Substantial experience working in an HPC Unix/Linux environment.
Excellent written and oral communication skills are required

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Located on the beautiful Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia, KAUST sets exceptional standards in residences, recreational facilities and boasts a truly multicultural environment which can be enjoyed by all. Life on the Campus provides ample opportunities and time to keep work and life in harmony – from vacations and holidays to an inviting campus community on the shores of the Red Sea, with all the seaside amenities and recreation facilities of a fine resort. Expats are very well looked after, with packages including tax-free salary, relocation, accommodation and various additional incentives.


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