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Bioinformatician Job at International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Nigeria


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The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is recruiting to the position of Bioinformatician to support the ongoing research in collaboration with a team of scientists to assist in analysis and management of genotype and genomics data. The duty location of position is Ibadan, Nigeria.

Ref: No: R4D/BM/06/13

Position/Responsibilities
  • Liaise with ICT unit and relevant scientists to develop infrastructure for the bioinformatics lab (hardware and software).
  • Develop and implement computational tools that enable efficient access to, and use of genome sequence, linkage map and genotyping data for efficient crop breeding.
  • Develop integrated tools to enable linkage of putative markers and quantitative trait loci (QTL) to genome and expression data for candidate gene/marker discovery.
  • Use scripting languages (Perl/BioPerl, Phyton, or Java) for automation of storage, organization, and visualization of genotypic and phenotypic data and interfacing with statistical software such as R.
  • Collaborate with breeders, pathologists and other scientists in genotyping and applications of genomic prediction into breeding.
  • Use bioinformatics tools and resources for storage, visualization, integration and analysis of data.
  • Identify, evaluate, and customize web tools and open sources for molecular breeding decision-making support integrated initiatives such as Nextgen Cassava and development of Cassavabase.org
  • Publish work in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Build bioinformatics capacity of scientists, students, support staff and NARS partners.
  • Join and enhance collaborative bioinformatics partnerships with Cornell University, Joint Genomics Institute, the Roots, Tubers and Bananas Research Program and other groups outside IITA.
Requirements
  1. The candidate must have a PhD in the fields of biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, computer science, or related fields.
  2. Experience working in the Unix/Linux environment
  3. Working knowledge of scripting languages such as Perl/Bioperl, Python
  4. Familiarity with software packages such as SAS, R, structure, joinmap, mapQTL
  5. Computational analysis of next-generation sequencing data
  6. Knowledge of concepts in molecular biology, marker technologies, associated genomics analysis (sequence alignment, primer design, similarity search, data mining)
  7. Knowledge or interest in statistical and quantitative genetics, linkage analysis, QTL mapping, association studies.
  8. Knowledge of SQL databases is an advantage
  9. Experience in application of plant bioinformatics to crop improvement is an advantage
  10. Experience working in developing countries is an added advantage
Common Knowledge:
The appointment is for three years. IITA offers a competitive remuneration package paid in US dollars.

Important Date
The application submission will close on 4th July, 2013.

How to apply?
Applications including cover letter, curriculum vitae, names and addresses of three referees should be addressed to the Head, Human Resources Service. Please complete IITA's online application form using this link: http://www.iita.org/irs-online-application. IITA is an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes applications from women candidates. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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