Bioinformatician / Senior Bioinformatician

Job level Middle
Work exp Less than 1 year To 5 Years
Education Bachelor Degree
Language English
Employment type Full Time
Benefits 5-day week, Competitive pay, General holidays, Maternity leave, Medical plan, MPF, Paternity leave, Statutory holidays
Industry Biotechnology / Chemicals / Testing / Laboratory
Job function Science / Lab / Research > Research & Development (R&D)
Published On 20/05/2022
ref. 2-2244/2022

Ming Wai Lau Centre for Reparative Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Hong Kong

Ming Wai Lau Centre for Reparative Medicine (MWLC) ( aims to contribute to the improvement of human health by conducting cutting-edge research in reparative medicine and related subjects, by creating a new platform for synergies between academia and innovation in Sweden and Hong Kong as well as Mainland China, and fostering future leaders in both academia and industry.

MWLC was established to further accelerate research in stem cell biology, biomedical engineering, biotechnology, and regenerative medicine. MWLC operates two nodes, one based at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden and the other in Hong Kong, located in Science Park, Shatin. The Hong Kong node currently includes four research groups, consisting of a total of 30 scientists.


Description of the Bioinformatics Platform

The Bioinformatics Platform ( consists of a group of scientists who closely collaborate with researchers at MWLC and Hong Kong universities and contribute to various research projects in the areas of neuroscience, dermatology, cardiovascular diseases as well as stem cell-based translational medicine. The platform serves as a knowledge base connecting bioinformatics know-how already present in individual research groups of MWLC in Stockholm and Hong Kong. The research projects combine concepts of single-cell profiling, epigenomics, whole genome sequencing, CRISPR genome editing as well as networks and systems biology.

We are seeking a highly motivated Bioinformatician/Senior Bioinformatician to join our team.


Responsibility and requirements

The successful candidate will be part of a larger network of experienced bioinformaticians in Hong Kong and Stockholm and participates in collaborative research projects at MWLC. The tasks will be focused on the analysis of the single-cell transcriptomics and epigenomics data. The perfect candidate understands the relevant statistical/computational methods, has experience in high-throughput computing and excellent data visualisation and reporting skills. He/she has a passion for science and has a problem-solving attitude.


We welcome applications from candidates with a PhD or equivalent degree in bioinformatics, computer science, statistics, the life sciences, or other similar fields. Applicants with a BSc or MSc degree and extensive relevant research experience will also be considered.


Required skills:

  • Experience in the analysis of next generation sequencing data, such as RNA-seq, ChiP-seq or ATAC-seq data, with a proven record of publications
  • Firm knowledge in Linux environment with experience in shell scripting and at least one programming language, such as Python, Perl, or Java
  • Expertise in R and foundations of statistics
  • Basic understanding of molecular and cell biology
  • Excellent communication skills and motivation to work collaboratively
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple projects in parallel
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English


Desirable skills:

  • Experience in the analysis of single-cell data, such as scRNA-seq, scATAC-seq or Cut&Tag
  • Experience in the data integration and networks biology
  • Experience in creating interactive applications with R-Shiny
  • Familiarity with tools for workflows and software development such as GitHub


The employment

This is a full-time position to start as soon as possible and will last until the end of November 2023.

The assignment will be located at MWLC, Hong Kong, and the employment will follow local labour laws.

A competitive remuneration package including 10% on top of basic salary (fully-taxable) intended as pension will be offered in addition to MPF employer’s contribution and medical benefits.


Entry requirements

To be qualified for this position, at least a bachelor's degree in bioinformatics, computer science, statistics, life sciences or other relevant fields is required.


Application process

An application must contain the following documents in English:

  • A motivation letter (max 1 page)
  • A curriculum vitae including a complete list of publications
  • A degree certificate

The application is to be submitted through the Varbi recruitment system at Please submit your application by 19 June 2022.

Interviews will start when applications are received.


Karolinska Institutet

Karolinska Institutet is one of the world’s leading medical universities. Our vision is to advance knowledge about life and strive towards better health for all. Karolinska Institutet accounts for the single largest share of all academic medical research conducted in Sweden and offers the country’s broadest range of education in medicine and health sciences. The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet selects the Nobel laureates in Physiology or Medicine.

Pursuant to the regulations of the Swedish National Archives, applications are kept on file for two years after the appointment has gained legal force. The regulations do not apply to attachments that have been printed or otherwise published.

Karolinska Institutet strives to provide a workplace that has approximately the same number of women and men, is free of discrimination and offers equal opportunity to everyone.

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