PostDoc Animal Bioinformatics

Skolkovo, Russia
13 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
12 Feb 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Want to participate to the outstanding new area of agro-genomics ? To put into the practice how the genetic diversity and genome-assisted breeding in livestock contribute to provide healthy, high-quality food in a sustainable way to humankind? Strong in bioinformatics and interested in working with very large datasets ?

There is a unique opportunity to do cutting-edge agro-genomic research in Russia !

Who we are

The international Digital Agriculture Laboratory at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technologies – Skoltech – works with industry and academics to foster innovation and agro-industrial development. We develop high-level, cutting-edge, basic research programs, towards quick delivering of improved plant varieties or animal breeds; and some digital agriculture solutions.

Skoltech is a new international English-speaking STEM university in Moscow, Russia. In just 10 years, we united dozens of researchers and globally renowned professors, built a stunning campus, set up world-class labs and made it to the top 100 young universities in the Nature Index.

About This Opportunity

We are looking for a motivated and talented Postdoc that is eager to work on cutting-edge research projects within our young and international team.

The applicant will contribute to multidisciplinary projects in direct cooperation with animal breeders, molecular biologists, and support teams, in a frame of national and international cooperations with public institutes and companies.  The applicant will participate to the elaboration of molecular breeding strategies based on GWAS and Genomic Selection in livestocks.

You will set-up pipelines to analyze and organize genomic diversity data (whole genome resequencing or other methods, SNP array) for animal genomes. Transcriptomics and proteomics data will be also included. You will benefit from the strong international resources developed about these genomes in the last 12-10 years.

A second objective is to participate to projects aiming to develop databases to manage genomic and phenotypic information allowing for performance evaluation of dairy cows in the Russian Federation.

Our Ideal Candidate:

  • PhD in Bioinformatics or a related discipline, or Biological Science in a relevant field of molecular breeding or quantitative genetics, or Statistical Genetics.
  • Expertise in bash and pipelines from raw sequencing data to VCF files, and expertise in statistical software (R, Python, etc.).
  • Some knowledge and experience with statistical tools and methods involved in animal modern genetics are an asset. If not, the lab will provide detailed and thorough training in this field
  • Fluent in written and oral English language is essential.

What We Can Offer

This is a full-time, fixed term (three-year position, with one year of probation). The appointment will be made at either Junior Research Scientist, Research Scientist or Leading Research Scientist depending on experience. We can offer a competitive salary, medical insurance, and paid vacation every year according to the Russian labor law. You will be able to take advantage of amazing Skoltech facilities, development programs and many other benefits. Skoltech’s “Eastern Ring” Campus has won the prestigious Prix Versailles Campuses Award 2019 (in association with UNESCO and the International Union of Architects).

Contact:, Head of Digital Agriculture Laboratory, with subject ‘PostDoc Animal bioinformatics’. The vacancy is open until it is filled.  Email even if you don’t tick all boxes!