Bioinformatics Scientist

Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong
14 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
28 Feb 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The University of Hong Kong 's highest priorities are to create opportunities for the very best academic talents to excel and to advance human knowledge to the benefit of society. We serve the needs of Hong Kong, the wider region and the rest of the world.

Work type: Full-time
Department: Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine (20000)
Categories: Academic-related Staff

Applications are invited for appointment as Scientific Officer/Research Officer (holding the title of Bioinformatics Scientist) in the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine (Ref.: 492529), to commence as soon as possible, on a three-­year fixed­-term basis, with the possibility of renewal subject to funding availability and satisfactory performance.

Applicants should possess a Ph.D. degree with 5 years’ full-­time work experience, or a Master's degree with at least 10 years’ full­-time work experience.  The academic degree should be in Bioinformatics, Biological Sciences, Computer Science or a related discipline, whilst work experience should involve solid hands-­on analysis of high ­throughput omics data, particularly Next-generation sequencing (NGS)/third-generation sequencing and proteomics/metabolomics data.  Applicants should be familiar with Linux/UNIX environment, compute clusters, scripting in Perl/Python; and have substantial experience in mining data from public databases (e.g. GenBank, Ensembl, UCSC, Swiss­Prot, and COSMIC etc.).  A track record in supporting NGS data analysis for multiple research groups, including omics analysis in clinical setting, would be an advantage. Applicants should also have effective communication skills, and a strong interest in working closely with biologists and clinicians; be highly motivated, innovative, independent, and able to perform in a multidisciplinary team environment and multitask.  Those who have less experience/qualifications will be considered for appointment as Research Officer.

The appointee will develop an NGS analysis pipeline for clinical application, provide bioinformatics support to researchers, provide technical consultations, conduct trainings, establish analysis pipelines and supervise junior staff members.  Areas of bioinformatics support include but not limited to: transcriptomics, metagenomics, whole genome sequencing, targeted DNA sequencing, medical resequencing, epigenomics, proteomics and metabolomics. The appointee will have the opportunity to be exposed to a wide range of NGS and proteomics/metabolomics applications and data analysis.  Enquiries about the post can be sent to the Faculty at    

A highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience will be offered, in addition to annual leave and medical benefits.  At current rates, salaries tax does not exceed 15% of gross income.  The appointment will attract a contract-end gratuity and University contribution to a retirement benefits scheme, totalling up to 15% of basic salary.  Housing benefits will also be provided as applicable.

The University only accepts online application for the above post.  Applicants should complete an online application form at the University’s career site ( and upload an up-to-date C.V.

Review of applications will start as soon as possible and continue until February 28, 2019, or until the post is filled, whichever is earlier.