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    Opportunity: Senior Bioinformatician -- Grasslands (#6109) @ AgResearch -- Palmerston North, New Zealand
    Submitted by Human Resources; posted on Tuesday, April 01, 2014


    AgResearch is a Crown Research Institute with the purpose of enhancing the value, productivity and profitability of New Zealand's agricultural sector. The Bioinformatics team supports scientific research in a range of areas to the benefit of the pastoral agricultural sector.


    We are seeking a highly motivated individual with excellent training and expertise in Bioinformatics to join our team. The successful candidate will be responsible for providing Bioinformatics consultancy to a range of science projects. Main duties will involve analysing high throughput/high-dimensional 'omics data from mostly non-model organisms, this includes the design, development, implementation and testing of bioinformatics pipelines for Next-Gen Sequencing (NGS) data, assembly and expression analysis of NGS data and contribution towards interpreting the results.


    Experience in working with Genotyping by Sequencing data would be advantageous. The ideal candidate will also have some experience or an interest in integrating multi-faceted 'omics data to understand underlying systems and biological networks.

    The successful applicant will have a PhD or high level postgraduate qualification in Bioinformatics (or related field) with at least five years of related work experience. A thorough knowledge of Unix, scripting language (Perl/Python or similar) and an understanding of biological databases along with various Bioinformatics tools is required. This is a highly collaborative role, where the incumbent will be working alongside scientists on a regular basis thus requiring a good knowledge of Genetics and Molecular Biology. Strong communication skills, with the ability to effectively articulate complex, technical information to the clients is highly desirable. Other requirements are good organisational abilities along with excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills.


    This is a senior and permanent position.


    The position will be based at our Grasslands campus in Palmerston North and will be part of the wider Bioinformatics and Statistics team. Palmerston North, a university city, is 30 km from the coast, 2 hours from ski fields, and 2 hours from Wellington. The AgResearch Grasslands campus is situated in pleasant rural surroundings with easy access to the central city. The surrounding area offers many outdoor recreational opportunities.


    For informal inquiries, please contact Dr. Nauman Maqbool (nauman[at]maqbool[at] Applications including a CV highlighting relevant research experience, a cover letter and contact details of three referees should be submitted online.

    Applications not submitted online will not be accepted.

    For more information or to apply for this job, please visit and enter the job code 6109.


    Applications close 30 April 2014.

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