Research Fellow of Bioinformatics and Medical Genomics
- Research, development and creative (RDC) activities in the field of bioinformatics and medical genomics, including (but not limited) to curation and analysis of matching genetic, environmental and biomedical datasets and writing publications.
- Internationally recognised research in five years at least in the volume equivalent to that of 1.5 doctoral thesis.
- Development of skills necessary for RDC activities, and professional development.
Teaching and activities related to the administration and development of teaching, up to 20% of working time
- Teaching, using modern teaching methods and educational technology, primarily supervising Master and PhD students.
- Professional development to enhance teaching and supervising skills.
Participation in the governance and institutional development of the university and social and public activities, up to 10% of working time
- Popularisation of the specialisation.
- Nationally/internationally recognised research and emerging reputation in Genetics/Genomics.
- Proficiency in command line scripting and bioinformatics tools.
- Experience in analysis of genomic and phenotypic datasets.
- Proven ability to work effectively as part of a team.
- Track record of producing publications of outstanding quality.
- Track record of contributions to national/international research conferences.
- Track record in supervising undergraduate and/or postgraduate students
- Strong organisational skills.
- Excellent communication skills.
- Capacity to engage, mentor and motivate colleagues.
Desirable skills and experience
- Proficiency in scripting and statistical analyses in R or Matlab.
- Track record of industry collaboration.
- Track record of obtaining funded research projects.
- Recognised teaching ability.
- Experience in team or project management.
- Experience in classroom teaching and tutoring.
Through the use of existing data from the Estonian Biobank, as well as experimental functional genomics work, we aim to dissect how key genetic variants affect the cells' biological responses to different types of exposures. Ultimately, this project seeks to identify pleiotropic effects in immune and inflammation regulatory pathways, including gene-gene and gene-environment interactions, in order to resolve individual differences in susceptibility to chronic inflammation and associated medical conditions. In addition, the project will dissect the roles of different dietary and environmental (lifestyle) factors in the susceptibility for metabolic and cardiovascular diseases in present-day populations, to better inform the use of genetic information to personalise the prediction, prevention and treatment of these diseases.
For further information please do not hesitate to contact:
Dr. Anders Eriksson, cGEM ERA Chair, group leader in evolutionary and medical genomics (anders.eriksson [ät] ut.ee).
Ms. Merit Keritsberg, project manager (merit.kreitsberg [ät] ut.ee).
General background (Who we are)
The Centre for Genomics, Evolution and Medicine (cGEM) (https://cgem.ut.ee) at the Institute of Genomics combines world-leading expertise in personalised medicine, population genetics and functional genomics. Founded in 2018, we aim to manage the risks, prevention, and diagnostics of diseases for contemporary populations by considering the unique evolutionary history of every human genome.
The Institute of Genomics (www.genomics.ut.ee) was formed in 2018 through a merger of the Estonian Genome Center and the Estonian Biocentre, bringing together world class expertise in medical, population and evolutionary genomics. We host the Estonian Biobank which contains genetic and phenotypic data on over 200,000 participants. The IG contains a brand-new ancient DNA laboratory, a core facility for DNA/RNA sequencing and genotyping and its own High- Performance Computing Cluster (www.hpc.ut.ee). We publish widely in top journals and sport a vibrant and international research community of 70 researchers and students.
In addition to application documents, the candidate must submit a motivational letter and contacts of at least two references.