Scientific Computing Technologist

Leuven VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research

11 Oct 2018

Leuven

VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research

Sha Liu Lab

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About the Lab

Center for Brain & Disease Research (CBD), is a research center at VIB-KU Leuven and studies the molecular and cellular mechanisms of brain and neurological disease. Our lab (Laboratory of Sleep and Synaptic Plasticity) in the CBD uses genetics, neural circuit manipulation, bioinformatics, and quantitative behavior approaches to study the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying multiple behaviors and brain states in Drosophila and other small animals (e.g., sleep, arousal, attention, learning and memory).

These researches involve analyzing large-scale multi-modal behavior and single-cell sequencing data, and coding for custom-built instruments for automatic behavior manipulation, behavioral tracking, and classification, virtual reality, etc. 

Job description

We are seeking a full-time Scientific Computing Technologist to support and assist in the data analysis, imaging processing and hardware programming in the lab. This is an excellent opportunity for developing your qualification and experience in computational research or becoming a professional software engineer in a dynamic research environment.

Key references:

Davie, K., Janssens, J., et al. (2018) A Single-Cell Transcriptome Atlas of the Aging Drosophila Brain. Cell

Liu, G., Nath, T., et al. (2018) A simple computer vision pipeline reveals the effects of isolation on social interaction dynamics in Drosophila.  PLoS Computational Biology

Profile

Essential

  • A Master degree in any relevant computational fields (e.g. bioinformatics, bioengineering, computer science, electrical engineering, experimental physics, machine learning, robotics, statistics).
  • Proficient in at least one programing language (e.g., Python, C/C++, Matlab, R), preferably in large-scale data analysis and/or computer vision.
  • Willing and able to learn new skills and implement new technologies.
  • Organized and be able to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Strong English communication skills.

Desirable but not required

  • Previous research experiences with omics data analysis and machine learning.
  • Strong experience in imaging processing and computer vision.
  • Familiar with cloud computing and Linux system.
  • Familiar with mechatronics hardware development (e.g., Raspberry Pi, Arduino, CAD design and 3D printing), robotics operating system, optical simulation, etc. 

Key personal characteristics

  • Computer geek or Hardware hacker.
  • Enthusiastic about problem-solving and making things.
  • Goal-oriented and flexible.

We offer

  • An open-ended contract with competitive salary and benefit.
  • An excellent opportunity for developing your qualification and experience in computational research or becoming a professional software engineer in a dynamic research environment.
  • A collaborative and challenging research environment.

How to apply?

  • A cover letter describing motivation and experiences.
  • A Detailed CV.
  • Contact information of two references.

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