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    Opportunity: Bioinformatic Postdoc @ King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) -- Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
    Submitted by Manuel Aranda; posted on Monday, September 25, 2017


    We are currently seeking a highly motivated, independent but team-oriented postdoctoral fellow with strong bioinformatics background. Our group applies functional and comparative genomics techniques to investigate the molecular basis of symbiosis and adaptation in corals and related cnidarian model organisms. The respective projects are focused on NGS data analysis and include RNAseq, genome and transcriptome assembly as well as bisulfite and ChIP-Seq data.

    The successful candidate will join the Group of Prof. Manuel Aranda at the Red Sea Research Center of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). Strong computational skills in the areas of Perl or Python programing as well as the proficient use of open source software for data processing and analysis of NGS data are required.


    • Handle and analyze NGS data (Illumina, PacBio)
    • Develop, assess, and adapt new technologies, protocols, and software
    • Write proposals and manuscripts for publication
    • Manage data, such as distribution and backup
    • Assist and train students


    • PhD with emphasis in bioinformatics, molecular biology, or genetics
    • Must have bioinformatics skills and strong understanding of basic biology, genomics, high-content data analysis, and genome databases
    • Experience in programming, databases and Unix/Linux (Python or Perl, R,)
    • Experience with bioinformatics software such as assemblers, mappers, and general tools
    • Next-gen sequencing pipeline experience


    KAUST is a dynamic new university campus and campus community in Saudi Arabia that opened in September 2009. The campus is located directly at the Red Sea, near Jeddah. More information is available at


    The position includes a highly competitive tax free salary, accommodation, annual leave, and health insurance.


    Please send cover letter summarizing your qualifications and interests, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for 2 references to manuel.aranda[at] Applications that do not fulfill requirements outlined above will not be considered.


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