Postdoc position in bioinformatics


Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Working Enviroment

The University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG), located in the center of Groningen, is one of the Netherlands’ eight university medical centers. It has an ambitious, dynamic, and international environment with state-of-the-art facilities. The research section is located in the new European Research Institute for the Biology of Aging (ERIBA) along with other departments that share an interest in applying systems biological approaches to the study of the genetic factors involved in human disease and aging, in human cells and in model organisms. The Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and the department of Genetics have a strong collaboration and work widely with other groups at a national and international level.

Job description

There is an increasing interest in the role of the gut microbiome in health and disease. Next to possible interventions there is also the possibility to use gut microbial features in diagnostics. In the microbiome research group of the department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and the Department of Genetics there is an interest in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) For a cohort of ~2000 participants consisting of Healthy Controls, IBD and IBS patients, we have profiled the microbial composition by 16s rRNA sequencing and whole genome shotgun metagenomic sequencing. Furthermore, for each participant we have intensive information on disease phenotypes anthropological and physiological status, health, diet and various “omics” data on genotype, transcription (RNA-seq), and methylation. Your task is to perform statistical analyses with a focus on the gut microbiome data to work towards a diagnostic model for disease prediction based on gut microbial features.

You must have a proven track record in statistical analyzing large omics datasets and excellent skills in statistics, mathematics, and programming (R, Java or C++). You will be part of a large team of PhD students and postdocs with a similar background. This project is funded by the Dutch Digestive Foundation (MLDS) “Optimizing the diagnostic process for inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome using non-invasive faecal biomarkers”.


- PhD in bioinformatics, biology, life science, medical biology, or a comparable discipline. The candidate with experiences in systems biology and bioinformatics is preferable.
- Experience with advanced statistics, biology, microbiology or biochemistry
- Programming skills
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Fluency in English

The UMCG has a preventive Hepatitis B policy. You may be required to build up sufficient protection against Hepatitis B before you can be appointed. Vaccination is provided by the UMCG if necessary.

Conditions of employment

- We offer a temporary contract for 2 years, 0,8 fte.
- For postdoctoral researchers, depending on your knowledge and experience, your monthly gross salary will be a maximum of €4.194,- (scale 10) based on a full-time basis (36.0 hours per week).
- In addition, the UMCG will offer you 8% holiday pay, an 8.3% end-of-year bonus and a personal development budget.
- The terms of employment comply with the Collective Labour Agreement for Medical Centers (CAO-UMC).
- Preferred starting date: as soon as possible

Applying for a job
Please use the digital application form at the bottom of this page - only these will be processed.
You can apply until 11 juni 2017
Immediately after sending the digital application form you will receive an email- confirmation with further information.

Applications should include:
- Cover letter
- Curriculum Vitae
- Contact information of at least two references

More information
For Additional Information you can contact:
Prof R.K. Weersma MD, PhD, Head of the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, UMCG or
Dr. Sasha Zhernakova, Associate Professor and Rosalin Franklin Fellow Dept of Genetics UMCG Tel +31(0)50 361 0082

Additional information

Extra information can be obtained thru the following links:
Welcome tot Groningen
UMCG Corporate information/research

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