Engineer Bioinformatics

Want to participate to the outstanding new area of agro-genomics ? To put into the practice how the genetic diversity and genome-assisted breeding in crops and livestock contribute to provide healthy and high quality food in a sustainable way to humankind? Strong in bioinformatics and interested in working with very large datasets ?

There is a unique opportunity to do cool, cutting-edge plant/animal agro-genomic research in Russia !

Who we are

The Project Center for Agro Technologies at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technologies – Skoltech – works with industry and academics to foster innovation and agro-industrial development. We develop high-level, cutting-edge, basic research programs, towards quick delivering of improved plant varieties or animal breeds; and some digital agriculture solutions.

Skoltech is a new international English-speaking STEM university in Moscow, Russia. In just 10 years, we united dozens of researchers and globally renowned professors, built a stunning campus, set up world-class labs and made it to the top 100 young universities in the Nature Index.

About This Opportunity

We are looking for a motivated and talented Engineer that is eager to work on cutting-edge research projects within our young and international team. The applicant will contribute to multidisciplinary projects in direct cooperation with plant/animal geneticists and genomicists, plant/animal breeders and molecular biologists, and support teams, in a frame of national and international cooperation with public institutes and companies.

More specifically, you will set-up pipelines to analyze and organize genomic diversity data (whole genome resequencing or other methods, SNP array) for animal and plant genomes. Transcriptomics and proteomics data will be also included. You will benefit from the strong international resources developed about these genomes in the last 12-10 years.

You will participate to the genome sequence project for one industrial crop.

You may find opportunities to undergo GWAS and Genomic Prediction for some major adaptation and agronomic traits.
You will participate to projects aiming to develop databases to manage genomic and phenotypic information allowing for performance evaluation of dairy cows in the Russian Federation.

Our Ideal Candidate

MSc or equivalent in Bioinformatics or a related discipline, or in Biological Science in a relevant field of Molecular Breeding or Quantitative Genetics, or Statistical Genetics.
Expertise in bash and pipelines from raw sequencing data to VCF files, and expertise in statistical software (R, Python, etc.).
Fluent in written and oral English language is essential.
In addition, applicants with one or more of the following types of experience will be preferred:
Possibly expertise in other types of multi-omics data (RNA sequencing, metabolomics, proteomics, DNA methylation)
Some knowledge with statistical tools and methods involved in plant modern genetics are an asset.
If not, the lab will provide detailed and thorough training in this field.

What We Can Offer

This is a full-time, fixed term (18-months position, with 3 months of probation). This appointment will be made at either Engineer or Research Engineer depending on experience. We can offer a competitive salary, medical insurance, and paid vacation every year according to the Russian labor law. You will be able to take advantage of amazing Skoltech facilities, development programs and many other benefits. Skoltech's "Eastern Ring" Campus has won the prestigious Prix Versailles Campuses Award 2019 (in association with UNESCO and the International Union of Architects).

How to Apply

Contact:, Director of Project Center for Agro Technologies, with subject 'Engineer Bioinformatics'. The vacancy is open until it is filled. Email even if you don't tick all boxes!

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