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SIDRA5043 - Post Doctoral Fellow – Bioinformatics (NGS)

Department: Research Services Div
Division: Research Services Dept
Contract Type: Project Contract
Closing Date: 30-Jun-2020
Organizational Profile:

Sidra Medicine is a state of the art academic medical center that will function to the level of the highest international standards. Its clinical focus is on the specialty care of women and children.

Sidra’s Vision is: “Sidra Medicine will be a beacon of learning, discovery and exceptional care, ranked among the top medical centers in the world”.

Achieving this vision will encompass three essential activities:

World Class: Patient and Family Centered Care Health Education Biomedical Discovery

Department: Sidra Medicine's Research Branch includes a highly talented team of wet and dry lab scientists, technologists and support staff focused on Basic, Translation, Clinical Trials and Informatics research. Its mission is to discover and advance knowledge for the benefit of society, public health and economic prosperity in the field of biomedicine in Qatar. The Research Branch is located at Sidra Hospital’s Outpatient Clinic Building (OPC) and occupies two floors totaling 10,000M2 and smaller “satellite laboratories” throughout the Hospital. It is structured into research groups with a number of Principal Investigators and state of the art core facilities to facilitate genomics and clinical research. Further information can be found on Sidra Medicine's website at:  https://www.sidra.org/research/ where up to date information on research programs, activities and staff can be found
Person: The Post Doctoral Fellow – Bioinformatics (NGS) post is within a defined project interrogating HLA transcriptomics. The MHC genomic region is highly complex and requires specialized tools for analysis of expression. The role is involved in the use of diverse tools to analyze the different NGS (Next Generation Sequencing) data, in terms of alignment, analysis, and quality control. S/he also performs population genetics and phenotype associations. Advanced bioinformatics skills, a basic understanding of biology as well as statistical knowledge are required. The candidate is expected to work independently, to have critical thinking, and stay up to date with scientific literature. S/he will also contribute to paper writing and presentation of his/hers work internally and internationally
  • Conducts bioinformatics analysis on NGS genomics and transcriptomics data from different platforms.
  • Troubleshoots problems by investigating different methods, being innovative, and staying on top of scientific literature.
  • Completes the objectives of the project.
  • Performs statistical analysis and modeling and, if needed, database development.
  • Documents the analysis done and results, routinely and accurately, in the form of logs, codes, text, and graphs.
  • Cultivates relationships with colleagues to widen his knowledge and expertise.
  • Communicates results/findings to the relevant scientific community via published papers.
  • Presents ongoing work and findings to colleagues both local and in academic conferences.
  • Adheres to Sidra’s standards as they appear in the Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest policies
  • Adheres to Sidra’s Values





PhD degree in bioinformatics or relevant field



  • Academic research experience with publications in peer-reviewed academic journals and/or conferences.
  • Experience in NGS data analysis.
  • Knowledge of bioinformatics tools and biological databases.


  • Knowledge in molecular biology.
  • Experience in databases


Certification and Licensure




Professional Membership



Job Specific Skills and Abilities

  • Strong skills in programming with R, shell, and Python or Perl.
  • Experience in working on computer clusters
  • Knowledgeable in scientific research methods and evaluation of research results, ability to develop and maintain own knowledge and skills at the forefront of field.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite
  • Fluency in written and spoken English


Other Information:

1-2 year contract.

Sidra’s Organizational Values:
  • Trust: Being competent; acting consistently, reliably and predictably; acting with honesty and integrity; respecting patient, employee and commercial confidentiality; delivering on commitments
  • Care: Acting with empathy, kindness and compassion; being humble; listening and responding; acting with cultural sensitivity; Caring for patients and staff
  • Teamwork: Sharing information and knowledge and learning from demonstrated expertise; being respectful, and thereby earning respect of others; acting with professionalism; leading and following; collaborating and being accessible
  • Transparency: Frequent and honest communication; open access to information for decision making; willingly acknowledge shortcomings; speaking up about concerns; publishing performance indicators
  • Innovation: Freedom to innovate; welcoming ideas and encouraging creativity; supporting talent; creating confidence; celebrating successes
  • Efficiency: Providing measurable value; using data to drive decision making; having and achieving clear goals; building processes that work; continuously improving outcomes in patient and family care
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