Postdoc Computational and Statistical Analysis of Microbiome Data (0.8 - 1.0 FTE)

Onderwijs en onderzoek
Uren per week: 
30 tot 40
Faculteit of dienst: 
Faculteit Diergeneeskunde
Dept Infectieziekten en Immunologie
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31 januari 2020


Research at Clinical Infectiology (KLIF) focuses on zoonotic and foodborne pathogens and the emergence of antimicrobial resistance posing a threat for veterinary and public health. The generation and analysis of sequencing data is part of our daily work for epidemiological analysis, search for virulence and antimicrobial markers, to assess the effects of interventions, and for diagnostics. KLIF offers an international and stimulating work environment at the forefront of scientific research. As a postdoc you will actively participate in our scientific meetings and publish the findings in peer reviewed scientific journals.

You will be responsible for addressing the data analysis challenges arising from the latest advances in high-throughput sequencing technologies, including the analysis of microbiome and resistome data (amplicon, shotgun sequencing and longitudinal experiments), whole genome or single cell sequencing data. You will work together with project leaders and PhD students to answer research questions on the effects of antimicrobial treatments on the microbiome and for assessing the
microbiome and resistome for both epidemiological analyses and for diagnostics. Work is carried out under supervision of a senior bioinformatician. You will thrive in a unique multi-disciplinary environment including veterinarians, biologists, and bioinformaticians, with an opportunity to supervise master students and contribute to teaching and hands-on multiple day workshops.


The perfect candidate:

  • has a PhD degree in Microbiology, Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, Statistical Genomics, Epidemiology or a related discipline;
  • has affinity with microbiology and an understanding of microbiome research;
  • has experience in biostatistical analysis and data interpretation for large data sets;
  • has experience in R, Python or similar programming languages;
  • has experience in integrating complex/omics data sets by translating the required handling into custom made programs;
  • has good communication skills and can present complex operations in simple terms;
  • has excellent scientific writing skills (fluent in English).


We offer a temporary position (0.8 - 1.0 FTE) for one year. A part-time appointment is a possibility. In case of a good performance, extending the employment is one of the possibilities.The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience  - ranges between €2,709 and €4,274 (scale 10 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year. In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information about working at Utrecht University can be found here.

Over de organisatie

A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine has a unique position in the Netherlands. Not only is this the only institution where veterinarians are trained, but researchers are also working together on innovative scientific research. In addition, the faculty provides specialist clinical care in the largest academic veterinary hospital in Europe. Thanks to this position, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is a point of contact for all veterinary matters, both nationally and increasingly internationally. The faculty employs approximately 900 veterinarians, scientists and support staff and counts 1.500 students.

The Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology is renowned for its expertise in the field of clinical veterinary infectiology and molecular resistance and is part of the Department of Biomolecular Health Sciences. The division also trains specialists in Veterinary Microbiology. To conduct its core activities, the group has laboratories for clinical microbiological diagnostics and research. This Division is entrusted with teaching and conducting applied research in the fields of biology and the prevention of infectious diseases and diseases of the immune system.

Aanvullende informatie

For more information about this position, please contact:
Aldert Zomer (Assistant Professor), via or+31 30 253 36 03.


Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. To apply, please send your curriculum vitae, including a letter of motivation via the ‘apply’ button below.

Please also include:

  • names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least two references;
  • a copy of your PhD certificate, or a letter from your university stating when your defense will take place.

If this specific opportunity is not for you, but you know someone who may be interested, please forward the link to them.

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