Within the large KAW project ” From genealogy to yeast; the search for colon cancer genes with a multidisciplinary approach” the aim is to identify mutations which give a predisposition for colon cancer and to understand why this is the case at the molecular level. There have been several attempts made to understand the genetics of the cancer cell through whole genome sequencing. However, by simply comparing mutations found in a tumor cell with those found in healthy tissue it is not possible to determine which mutation was the driving factor leading to the development of the tumor cell.
To be eligible for the position you should have a PhD, or equivalent, in bioinformatics, biotechnology, genomics, computer science, statistics or related field, which is not more than three years old. You have documented good knowledge of at least one relevant scripting language (R, Python, Perl, C), and knowledge of the computational methods used in the analysis of Illumina/454/Solid sequencing data. Emphasis will also be placed on personal qualities such as collaboration and communication skills, analytical capacity and ability to take initiative.