Job Opportunity - Senior Computational Biologist

Position Summary

The Computational Bioscience Research Center (CBRC) is seeking a highly motivated individual to join the core staff team.  The successful candidate will be responsible for supporting center activities relating to computational biology.

Major Responsibilities

  • Designing, implementing and managing bioinformatics solutions on center platforms, including on HPC/Cluster environment.
  • Testing of software developed and providing post release support, including training.
  • Writing technical and operational documentation.
  • Providing general bioinformatics support including support for commonly used bioinformatics tools and resources.
  • Collaborating with internal and external biologists and computational biologists to develop and apply appropriate bioinformatics analyses.
  • Contributing to generation of protocols, publications, and intellectual property.
  • Supporting center management in the writing of reports relating to center research activities and contributing to center proposal ideas and writing.


  • Strong knowledge in genomics, comparative genomics, and metagenomics.
  • Demonstratable knowledge in next and third generation sequencing technologies.
  • Experience in Unix and programming languages (Python, R, Perl, or equivalent).
  • Web development skills are a plus (e.g. PHP, JavaScript).
  • Database management such as MySQL or PostgreSQL.
  • Experience or familiarity with system administration is desirable.
  • Proficiency in technical writing
  • Expert level knowledge of commonly used bioinformatics tools and resources (BLAST, Clustal family, MEGA phylogenetics tool, etc.)


  • Ph.D. in computational biology, bioinformatics, computer science, or related field.
  • At least 4 years’ experience in a supporting bioinformatics role is required.
  • Excellent communication, organization, and time management skills.
  • Creative, organized, motivated and a team player.


King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is being established in Saudi Arabia, on the Red Sea coastal area of Thuwal, as an international graduate-level research university dedicated to inspiring a new age of scientific achievement that will benefit the region and the world. As an independent and merit-based institution and one of the best-endowed universities in the world, KAUST intends to become a major new contributor to the global network of collaborative research. It will enable researchers from around the globe to work together to solve challenging scientific and technological problems. The admission of students, the appointment, promotion and retention of faculty and staff and all the educational, administrative and other activities of the University shall be conducted on the basis of equality, without regard to race, color, religion or gender. The leading position of KAUST with respect to research output in the region and the world was recognized by the QS World University Rankings 2016-2017, which ranked the University first globally in the category of Faculty Citations. Further information can be found at​


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