THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG

Scientific Officer/Research Officer

Location
Hong Kong (HK)
Posted
19 Oct 2017
End of advertisement period
31 Dec 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Full Time

Scientific Officer/Research Officer
Ref. : 201701443
Department : Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
Closing Date  : December 31, 2017 
 
In the 2016 Policy Address of the Chief Executive, it was proposed that Grantham Hospital (GH) be redeveloped as a free-standing academic ambulatory care centre with an emphasis on cancer services, which will form part of the significant undertaking by the Government, namely, a ‘Ten-year Blueprint for Hospital Development’. The establishment of the Centre for Clinical Innovation and Discovery (CCID) and Institute of Cancer Care (ICC), the first purpose-built cancer-specific research and service centre in the city by the Medical Faculty, HKU has been incorporated into the master plan of the GH development. They will serve as platforms for the translation of innovation and discoveries in science and in models of care for prevention, diagnosis, treatment rehabilitation and palliation, and for the development of a new holistic cancer care paradigm for Hong Kong.

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

Applicants should have a doctorate degree with at least 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, while work experience should involve solid hands-on analysis of high-throughput genomic data, particularly Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) data.  They 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, Swiss-Prot, COSMIC and etc.).  A track record in supporting NGS data analysis for multiple research groups, including NGS analysis in clinical setting would be an advantage.  Applicants should also possess effective communication skills, have 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 may be appointed as Research Officer.

The appointee will develop a NGS analysis pipeline for clinical application, provide bioinformatics support to researchers, provide technical consultations, conduct trainings, establish analysis pipelines and supervision of junior staff members. Areas of bioinformatics support include but not limited to: transcriptomics, whole genome sequencing, targeted DNA sequencing, medical resequencing, epigenomics.  He/She will have the opportunity to be exposed to a wide range of NGS applications and data analysis.

The appointee will join the GH redevelopment project team of the Faculty regarding the establishment of CCID.  He/She will work and liaise closely with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, supervise junior technical staff, and perform any other duties as assigned.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview.

A highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience will be offered.  The appointment will attract a contract-end gratuity and University contribution to a retirement benefits scheme, totally up to 15% of basic salary, in addition to annual leave and medical benefits.  Housing benefits will also be provided as applicable. 

Applicants should send a completed application form together with an up-to-date C.V. to the Faculty at medhr2@hku.hk. Application forms (341/1111) can be downloaded at http://www.hku.hk/apptunit/form-ext.doc.  Further particulars can be obtained at http://jobs.hku.hk.  Review of applications will start from November 3, 2017 until December 31, 2017 or until the post is filled, whichever is earlier. 

The University thanks applicants for their interest, but advises that only shortlisted applicants will be notified of the application result.