Ref.: 201800676
Posting Title: Scientific Officer/Research Officer (holding the title of Bioinformatics Scientist)
Department: Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
Closing Date: June 30, 2018
 

 

Applications are invited for appointment as Scientific Officer/Research Officer (holding the title of Bioinformatics Scientist) in the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, to commence as soon as possible, on a three-year fixed-term basis, with the possibility of renewal subject to funding availability and satisfactory performance.

Applicants should have a doctorate degree with 5 years’ full-time work experience, or a Master's degree with at least 10 years’ full-time work experience.  The academic degree should be in Bioinformatics, Biological Sciences, Computer Science or a related discipline, while work experience should involve solid hands-on analysis of high-throughput omics data, particularly Next/Third-Generation Sequencing (NGS) and proteomics/metabolomics data.  Applicants should be familiar with Linux/UNIX environment, compute clusters, scripting in Perl/Python; and have substantial experience in mining data from public databases (e.g. GenBank, Ensembl, UCSC, Swiss-Prot, and COSMIC etc.).  A track record in supporting NGS data analysis for multiple research groups, including omics analysis in clinical setting, would be an advantage.  Applicants should also possess effective communication skills; have a strong interest in working closely with biologists and clinicians; be highly motivated, innovative, independent, and able to perform in a multidisciplinary team environment and multitask.  Those who have less experience/qualifications may be appointed as Research Officer. 

The appointee will develop a NGS analysis pipeline for clinical application, provide bioinformatics support to researchers, provide technical consultations, conduct trainings, establish analysis pipelines and supervise junior staff members. Areas of bioinformatics support include but not limited to: transcriptomics, metagenomics, whole genome sequencing, targeted DNA sequencing, medical resequencing, epigenomics, proteomics and metabolomics.  He/She will have the opportunity to be exposed to a wide range of NGS and proteomics/metabolomics applications and data analysis.

A highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience will be offered, in addition to annual leave and medical benefits.  The appointment on fixed terms will attract a contract-end gratuity and University contribution to a retirement benefits scheme, totalling up to 15% of basic salary.  Housing benefits will also be provided as applicable. 

Applicants should send a completed application form together with an up-to-date C.V. to the Faculty at medhr1@hku.hk.  Application forms (341/1111) can be downloaded at http://www.hr.hku.hk/apptunit/form-ext.doc.  Further particulars can be obtained at http://jobs.hku.hk.  Review of applications will start on May 29, 2018 and continue until June 30, 2018, or until the post is filled, whichever is earlier.

The University thanks applicants fortheir interest, but advises that only candidates shortlisted for interviews will be notified of the application result.