Employment Opportunity


Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI)
Office of the Vice-President Research

(Four Year Contractual Position)

The University will consider applications from qualified permanent staff who may be interested in a secondment, subject to departmental approval

This Position is Funded Through An External Grant

The Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI) is a collaborative research initiative to harness the vast potential of the world's oceans.  The Ocean Sciences Centre, home of Memorial University's Department of Ocean Sciences, is one of Canada's largest marine labs, and specializes in research on cold-water marine species and processes, including aquaculture (see

As part of the Department of Ocean Sciences' OFI funded research programs focused on sustainable fish aquaculture, the successful applicant will play key roles in various Aquaculture Genomics Research activities (e.g. related to fish and fish pathogen transcriptomics, sequencing data analysis and data mining). 

The Research Associate will work on teams with academic and industry partners to analyze microarray, next generation sequencing (genomics and RNA-Seq) and nanopore data (genomics and metagenomics) to study the influence of diets, pathogens, vaccines, and environmental stressors on fish (e.g., Salmo salar). Also, studies on fish bacterial pathogen physiology and vaccine design (e.g. Renibacterium salmoninarum) will include explaining phenotypic differences between strains through comparative genomics and transcriptomics; de novo genome assembly and annotation; genomics-based species and strain identification; determining species and strain abundances using metagenomics techniques; and facilitating the exploration of OMICS data by fellow researchers.

The Research Associate is expected to deliver high quality and timely bioinformatics analyses to help solve complex problems; provide integrative analysis from multi-data types generated internally as well as use of publicly available datasets; evaluate existing algorithms to analyze genomic data; systematically explore and mine multidimensional data to validate experimental findings or formulate hypotheses to provide directions for further studies; improve access and use of OMICS data; train colleagues in accessing and interpreting bioinformatics results; develop and validate new bioinformatics workflows in response to the needs; automate routine bioinformatics analysis and reporting workflows; document bioinformatics procedures, and contribute to patent applications and/or peer-reviewed journal articles; supervise and facilitate outsourcing of any third-party omics services.

Experience (3-5 years) in creating new bioinformatics workflows and analyzing data in one or more common bioinformatics environments, such as shell scripting, Python, R, etc.; completion of a  Ph.D. in Biology, Genomics, Bioinformatics or a related field; or any equivalent combination of experience and training. Advanced skills in functional genomics research techniques is a requirement [e.g. microarray and RNA-Seq experimental design, execution, and data analysis (including experience with SAM, Bioconductor, Trinity, edgeR, DESeq2, GEO and SRA submission, etc)].  The ideal candidate will be highly motivated with excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

Asset qualifications include experience in the areas of aquaculture genomics, immunogenomics, and/or multivariate statistical analyses; experience in analyzing metagenomics and microbial genomics and transcriptomics data; experience in metabolic pathway engineering;  experience with cloud computing (e.g. Amazon AWS; Metricore) and version control, and active in the open source community; authored publications demonstrating expertise in one or more of the following: comparative genomics, genome assembly, genome annotation, metagenomics data analysis, transcriptomics, metabolic engineering.

SALARY                                   $65,960 - $85,501 per annum (Management and Professional)
CLOSING DATE                        February 12, 2018
COMPETITION NO.                   VPC-17-06

To apply for this position, please click the APPLY ONLINE button at the bottom of this page.  Applications must be received by the end of the business day on the competition closing date.   You may drop off a paper application to the Department of Human Resources, 4th floor, Arts & Administration Building, Elizabeth Avenue, St. John's; or fax your resume to (709) 864-2700.  Call us at (709) 864-2434 for assistance.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Memorial University is strongly committed to employment equity and especially welcomes applications from all qualified candidates, including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, members of sexual minorities and persons with disabilities.

Please be advised that we are unable to provide updates on current competitions.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.



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