Postdoctoral Research Associate (or Research Assistant) in Bioinformatics (2014-12-26)

National Institute of Biomedical Innovation (NIBIO), Osaka
Postdoctoral Research Associate (or Research Assistant)  in Bioinformatics

Updated Dec 26, 2014

In the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Group at the NIBIO, we carry out bioinformatics and computational biology research into drug discovery and development (with special emphasis on early-stage target discovery and safety prediction). Our research involves both the analysis of real-life experimental data and the development of novel computational techniques, aiming to establish systems approaches to drug discovery.

A position is currently open, either as a postdoctoral research associate or a research assistant (programmer/systems engineer), to contribute to one or more of the following research areas:analysis of large-scale experimental data and the development of integrated databases for target discovery and safety prediction; prediction of protein-protein or protein-small molecule interactions, modelling of their impact on phenotypic responses and applications to drug design.

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[Number of post]

[Qualification requirements]
The successful postdoctoral applicant will have a PhD degree in a subject relevant to our research, including Computational Biology (bioinformatics, systems biology), Computer Science, Statistics, Pharmacology, Chemistry (computational chemistry, medicinal chemistry) and Biology (structural biology, molecular and cell biology). At least one of the following conditions must be satisfied: 1) a strong background in software engineering and the ability to develop novel biofinformatic software/databases, 2) experience in handling large-scale biological data such as those from microarray and proteomics experiments and 3) the ability to analyze small-molecule compounds using tools in chemoinformatics and computer-aided drug design.

A good balance of scientific and interpersonal skills will be essential and willingness to tackle interdisciplinary research questions is advantageous. The successful research assistant must have experience with linux cluster administration and a good command of Japanese.

National Institute of Biomedical Innovation, Osaka
(7-6-8 Saito-Asagi, Ibaraki, Osaka 567-0085, Japan).

[Contract Conditions]
The position is full time and until the end of March 2016 in the first instance, renewable annually upon evaluation (subject to funding availability). Terms and conditions of appointment will apply, including salary and health insurance, in accordance with NIBIO’s standard procedures for appointing postdoctoral research associates (or research assistants).

[Start of Employment]
1 April 2015, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Applications, including a full curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a short statement of future plans and contact details of two referees, should be e-mailed to the address below.

31 March 2015 (may be closed early, if the position is filled).

[Selection Process]
Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview (in person or by phone).

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Kenji Mizuguchi (, +81-72-641-9890). See for further information.

Dr Kenji Mizuguchi   kenji(@)
National Institutes of Biomedical Innovation, Health and Nutrition
7-6-8 Saito-Asagi, Ibaraki, Osaka 567-0085, Japan
Tel: +81 72 641 9890
Fax: +81 72 641 9881