ELIXIR Bioinformatics Trainer

Ghent VIB Bioinformatics Core

08 Jan 2019


VIB Bioinformatics Core



The VIB Bioinformatics Core is hiring an enthusiastic ELIXIR trainer to expand the training program and establish the data science curriculum of ELIXIR Belgium and the Dutch-Flemish Interreg project Helis Academy.

Our institute greatly values diverse standpoints and promotes an inclusive environment in which everyone is respected.

Based on your experience in data science and life sciences and in collaboration with the Training Coordinator of ELIXIR-BE, you will develop and organise several new training sessions including online training material. To successfully accomplish your program, you will scout potential (bio)informatics trainers, guide them in setting up a successful training session and take the final responsibility of the execution and follow-up of training sessions. You will also have the opportunity to give training sessions of your own and to explore new ways of training methods.

ELIXIR Belgium aims to offer courses for research computing (Galaxy workflow system, open software development, BioContainers and reproducibility of analysis pipelines, use of the Cloud offering of the Flemish Super Computing Center) and ready-to-use knowledge for comprehensive research data-management according to the FAIR principles. The Dodona e-learning platform developed at UGent will be used to allow provisioning of specific interactive e-learning-based courses on selected topics to the Flemish researchers and beyond.

To keep up your skills in the fast evolving area of data science and bioinformatics, part of your time will be dedicated to specific projects in these topics. You will continue to establish connections to international trainers (e.g. www.elixir-europe.org/platforms/training), and work on the visibility of the VIB Bioinformatics Core and ELIXIR Belgium, towards the institute and towards the world.

You can count on administrative and communication support, and the assistance of two bioinformatics trainers as colleagues to succeed. You will be employed in the VIB Bioinformatics Core of VIB (https://www.bits.vib.be). Delivering training is one of our major activities, besides software development and providing bioinformatics software to VIB scientists.


Required skills

  • You have a university degree in Sciences (Bioinformatics/Computer Sciences or similar)
  • A broad view of current data science evolutions
  • Strong organizing skills
  • Techsavvy (python, docker, github, etc.)
  • Experience with cloud computing (Google, EGI Cloud, etc.)
  • Good communication and teaching skills
  • Fluently understanding and speaking English

Key personal characteristics

  • People-centered with focus on service delivery
  • No problem with traveling within Flanders frequently

We offer

A fulltime position for 2 years initially. Prolongation is envisaged depending on the successful granting of an international project.

About the research infrastructure 

The ELIXIR consortium (https://www.elixir-europe.org) is a European research infrastructure which unites life-science research groups. It coordinates, integrates and sustains bioinformatics resources from the different member states. Helis Academy was launched in 2018 to bridge the gap between the competences required for jobs in the Life Sciences & Health sector and the existing training programmes. Funded by Interreg Vlaanderen-Nederland (EU), the project is executed by ten Dutch and Flemish partners from academia and industry, including VIB represented by the VIB Bioinformatics Core. 

The bioinformatics research groups at PSB develop novel software and web tools for the integration of large-scale data sets in the area of genomics, transcriptomics and phenomics for which an extensive computational infrastructure is available on site. PSB coordinates the Belgian ELIXIR Node, more information on https://www.elixir-belgium.org.

How to apply?

Motivated candidates are asked to apply online.