Bioinformatician/Software Developer

Ghent VIB-UGent Center for Inflammation Research

18 Jul 2024


VIB-UGent Center for Inflammation Research

Yvan Saeys Lab

Bio IT


The Saeys Lab is known for its innovative work in bioinformatics and computational biology, including the analysis of cytometry and single-cell transcriptomics data, cell-cell communication inference and spatial omics.

As a key member of our team, you will:

  • Implement and further develop NicheNet, our advanced cell-cell communication tool, in Python.
  • Enhance the interoperability of NicheNet with various other tools used for single-cell RNA-seq data analysis and cell-cell communication inference.
  • Contribute to the development of bioinformatics software, driving forward our research capabilities.



  • You obtained a Bachelor's or Master's degree in Bioinformatics,  Informatics, Computer Science, Computer Engineering or a related field
  • Proficient in Python
  • Strong communication skills in English

Desirable but not required

Preference will be given to candidates with experience with

  • programming in R
  • experience or interest in single-cell RNA-seq data analysis and cell-cell communication.

Key personal characteristics

  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team 

We offer

  • Competitive stipend and benefits package
  • A 2-year full-time position
  • A versatile and challenging academic position with very diverse contacts in a world-class research environment operating at an international level, and various opportunities to broaden your expertise.
  • Access to state-of-the-art compute infrastructure 
  • Collaborative and supportive research environment
  • Training courses in academic, technical, and career skills.
  • Opportunities for professional development and networking

How to apply? 

Please complete the online application procedure and include a detailed CV, two reference letters, and a motivation letter.

For further information and questions, please send an email to Yvan Saeys  ([email protected]).

VIB values diversity - in backgrounds and in experiences. The institute needs people from all backgrounds and ways of life to help build a thriving scientific environment. VIB is therefore looking for candidates who are not only strong in their own aptitudes but care deeply about supporting each other's growth. VIB's collaborators are people with different strengths, experiences and backgrounds, who share a passion for science that generates impact in science and in society. Diversity not only includes race and gender identity, but also nationality, age, disability status, sexual orientation, religion and many other parts of one’s identity. All of VIB’s employees’ points of view are key to its success, and inclusion is everyone's responsibility.