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Department: Department of Computer Science
Regime Full-time

Let’s shape the future - University of Antwerp

The University of Antwerp is a dynamic, forward-thinking, European university. We offer an innovative academic education to more than 20 000 students, conduct pioneering scientific research and play an important service-providing role in society. We are one of the largest, most international and most innovative employers in the region. With more than 6000 employees from 100 different countries, we are helping to build tomorrow's world every day. Through top scientific research, we push back boundaries and set a course for the future – a future that you can help to shape. 

The Faculty of Sciences, in collaboration with Medical and Life Sciences Faculties, is seeking to fill a full-time (100%) vacancy in the UAntwerpen Department of Computer Science for a Bioinformatics Core Facility Manager.

Biomina (biomedical informatics network Antwerpen) is a new Core Facility that delivers professional bioinformatics services to support biomedical, clinical, biological, and bio-engineering labs of the UAntwerpen and external clients in hospitals and industry. The mission is to 1) build sustainable support, training, and collaboration models; 2) increase bioinformatics capacity to meet growing demands; and 3) build a strong bioinformatics community. The Bioinformatics Core Facility Manager will be the daily lead of this facility, which is built around a multi-disciplinary UAntwerpen consortium that unites life scientists and data scientists in bioinformatics and medical informatics.  We will embed the selected candidate in the Adrem Data Lab (Department of Computer Science). He/she will interact closely with partners from the Medical, Life Sciences, and Sciences faculties.

Job description

  • Together with the local bioinformatics community, you manage and run a bioinformatics core facility serving academic life science researchers and external clients, integrating expertise available in the local bioinformatics community.
  • You lead the standardization and integration of local bioinformatics platforms, pipelines and infrastructure for (epi-)genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics.
  • You coordinate bioinformatics training, seminars, and networking events for UAntwerpen researchers, and you manage the local bioinformatics PR channels.
  • You support the maintenance and usage of bioinformatics hardware and software.
  • You manage collaborations and contribute to the bioinformatics component in life science research projects.
  • You maintain and expand national and international collaborations with bioinformatics (research) networks.

Profile and requirements

  • You have a master’s degree in bioinformatics, life sciences, computer sciences, or a related field.
  • You can demonstrate at least four years of hands-on experience in bioinformatics, medical informatics, or biomedical data mining. A doctoral degree, work in industry or other relevant experience are a plus.
  • You are experienced in data processing pipelines for at least one type of omics data. Familiarity with machine learning, pattern discovery and AI techniques is a plus. Familiarity with scientific workflow languages (e.g. Nextflow or snakemake) is a bonus.
  • You have strong statistical, computational, and programming skills (preferably in Python and R).
  • You have a collaborative, service-oriented attitude. Proven experience in supporting life scientists with bioinformatics expertise is a plus. Management and business-related skills are a bonus.
  • Your academic qualities comply with the university’s policy.
  • You are quality-minded, conscientious, creative, and cooperative.
  • You are a team player who can build bridges between disciplines, and you have solid interdisciplinary communication skills.
  • You are fluent in academic English (speaking and writing).

We offer

  • A permanent contract, depending on a positive evaluation;
  • A negotiable starting date.
  • An exciting, dynamic, and stimulating multi-disciplinary working environment in an enthusiastic, fast-growing team in the green outskirts of the vibrant city of Antwerp.
  • Plenty of opportunities to improve and extend you skill set ranging from new omics data processing techniques to data science and AI.
  • Your gross monthly salary is calculated according to the pay scale for a principal research fellow in the Contract Research Staff category (Dutch: Bijzonder Academisch Personeel, BAP).
  • You will receive ecocheques, Internet-connectivity allowance, a group insurance, an income protection insurance, and a bicycle allowance or a full reimbursement of public transport costs for commuting.
  • Flexible working hours;
  • 40 days of holiday;

Want to apply?

  • You can apply for this job through the University of Antwerp’s online job application platform up to and including May, 30 2022 (by midnight Brussels time). Click on 'apply for job', complete the online application form and don’t forget to include a strong motivation letter highlighting relevant previous work, a detailed CV (including honours, grades, skills, publications, …) and the name of two references.
  • The selection committee will review all of the applications as soon as possible after the application deadline. As soon as a decision has been made, we will inform you about the next step(s) in the selection procedure.
  • If you have any questions about the online application form, please check the Frequently Asked Questions or send an email to If you have any questions about the job itself, please contact professor Kris Laukens, (

The University of Antwerp received the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award for its HR policy. We are a sustainable, family-friendly organisation which invests in its employees’ growth. We encourage diversity and attach great importance to an inclusive working environment and equal opportunities, regardless of gender identity, disability, race, ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation or age. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds and with diverse characteristics to apply.