Job offer: Bioinformatician Malaria Physiopathology/Malaria Genomics

Description

The Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) is a cutting-edge institute addressing global public health challenges through research, translation into policy and education. ISGlobal has a broad portfolio in communicable and non-communicable diseases including environmental and climate determinants, and applies a multidisciplinary scientific approach ranging from the molecular to the population level. Research is organized in three main areas, Malaria and other Infectious Diseases, Child and Maternal Health, and Urban Health, Climate & Non-Communicable Diseases.  ISGlobal is accredited with the Severo Ochoa distinction, a seal of excellence of the Spanish Science Ministry.

Venue

Barcelona

What We Are Looking for

ISGlobal is seeking a talented individual who is experienced in bioinformatics analysis of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) data and pipeline development in the context of the project “Targeting the P. falciparum genome for public health impact in Mozambique”. The overall aim is to advance the goal of malaria eradication through the identification of key drivers of malaria transmission using innovative genomic and analytical tools. We will target 3 use cases: a) antimalarial and diagnostic resistance; b) parasite importation and characterization of local transmission in near-elimination settings; and c) stratification, monitoring and impact evaluation. 
The project will be conducted by the Malaria Physiopathology group at ISGlobal, in collaboration with the Manhiça Health Research Center (Mozambique), the EPPICenter at the University of California-San Francisco (USA) and the Institute of Disease Modelling (USA).

Field Research

  • Biological sciences 
  • Computer science 
  • Medical sciences 

Training and Experience /Qualifications

  • Senior Technician in Bioinformatics

Specific Requirements

Required:
  • Graduate in bioinformatics, computer science, mathematical modeling, big data analysis or related areas. Background in molecular biology is a plus.
  • Knowledge and demonstrated experience in management and analysis of genomic data.
  • Availability to travel to Mozambique & USA for research and training purposes.
Desired:
  • Master’s or PhD level experience.
  • 3-5 years of experience in bioinformatics software use and/or development (Python, R, and other relevant programming languages).
  • Demonstrated success in technical proficiency, scientific creativity, collaboration with others and independent thought.
  • Experience working in the field of infectious diseases.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of statistical principles, including experimental design and machine learning.
  • Strong data visualization skills.
  • Ability to collaborate with the team and translate existing research into practical solutions and products.
  • Drive project execution and implement a robust plan for measuring success.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and use bioinformatics approaches to interrogate parasite populations from high burden to near elimination settings in Mozambique to derive epidemiologically actionable information for malaria molecular surveillance.
  • Explore genetic metrics as proxy indicators of changes in malaria transmission intensity in both low and moderate-to-high trasnmission settings. 
  • Facilitate integration of genetic data into surveillance activities in Mozambique through periodic interactions with the National Malaria Control Program and other stakeholders in the country working on the surveillance space.
  • Provide bioinformatics support to the team in other research projects.

Specific Duties

  • Analysis of malaria parasites genomes to get insights into best approaches for the control and elimination of the disease.
  • Develop and optimize scripts, analysis pipelines and reports for routine NGS and genomic data processing.
  • Extend the analytics and visualization of capabilities of in-house developed or existing dashboards.
  • Contribute to build bioinformatics capacity at CISM Mozambique.
  • Publication curation and entry into databases.
  • Interact with the research team in Mozambique & USA for training and harmonization purposes.
  • Additional duties as assigned.

Skills

  • Strong problem-solving competence. 
  • Drive and determination.
  • Inquisitive and analytical; engaged and motivated.
  • Ability to see the big picture and work towards that goal.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a larger team.
  • Desire to learn.
  • Focus and discipline.
  • Ability to build and manage relationships with various collaborators across and outside the company.
  • Ability to share technical information in a clear and concise manner to non-technical personnel and stakeholders at various levels and from different disciplines.
  • Respects and embraces diversity of perspective.

Language Level

  • Fluent English

Conditions

  • Duration: 1 year (extendable depending on performance)
  • Starting date: The position is available immediately
  • Contract: Full time

During the crisis caused by COVID19, standard working conditions will be adapted to sanitary requirements. 

How to Apply

Applicants must fill in the request form and include the following code reference position: Bioinformatician_MalariaGenomics_May22, attach the CV and a Cover Letter. Each attached document must be named with the candidate name and surname. 


The receipt of applications will be open until the position is filled.

Only the applications submitted through the request form will be considered.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The interviews could be placed during the reception candidatures period.

In ISGlobal we are committed to maintaining and developing a work environment in which the values and principles of our organization are respected and equal opportunities between women and men be promoted in each of the areas in which we operate, not tolerating discrimination based on criteria such as age, gender, marital status, race, ethnicity, functional diversity, political leanings, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

ISGlobal supports the initiative #ScienceforUkraine. Therefore, to sustain Ukraine’s presence in the European Research Area and international scholarly community, candidates from Ukraine on all levels of scholarly career are welcome: students, PhD candidates, early career researchers and senior scholars.
We confirm our commitment towards the value of the diversity of our staff and student population and seek to promote peace, equity, diversity and inclusion as essential elements in contribution to improving health worldwide.