Job Title: Post-Doctoral Scientist – Bioinformatics
Job Ref: PD-Bioinformatics/Bios/11/2016
Employer: International Livestock Research Institute
Job Location: Beijing, China
Closing Date: 14/12/2016
Job Description:

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Post-Doctoral Scientist –Bioinformatics to undertake genome sequence analysis of livestock breed populations so as to identify signature of selection and adaption, in support of breeding programs. The Post-Doctoral Scientist will work with Scientists and post-graduate students at the ILRI – Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences’ (CAAS) Joint Laboratory in China as well as at ILRI-Kenya, ILRI – Ethiopia and Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health- CTLGH, United Kingdom.


ILRI works with partners worldwide to enhance the roles that livestock play in food security and poverty alleviation, principally in Africa and Asia. The outcomes of these research partnerships help people in developing countries keep their farm animals’ alive and productive, increase and sustain their livestock and farm productivity, find profitable markets for their animal products, and reduce the risk of livestock-related diseases.

ILRI is a not-for-profit institution with a staff of approximately 700 and in 2016, an operating budget of around USD 83 million. A member of the CGIAR Consortium working for a food-secure future, ILRI has its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, a principal campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and offices in other countries in East, West and Southern Africa and in South, Southeast and East Asia.


  • Contribute to existing research projects and build independent research activities in bioinformatics related to livestock genetics research
  • Provide training and contribution to capacity building activities (e.g. supervision of post-graduate students ILRI-CAAS Joint Laboratory in China as well as at ILRI – Kenya, ILRI – Ethiopia, and CTLGH – United Kingdom research facilities)
  • Ensure integration of informatics into the research and research planning process of the Genetics Flagship within the Livestock CRP
  • Proactively establish and build strong relationship with a range of local, regional and international partners and collaborators
  • Contribute to the scientific quality of the research within the global livestock genetics program (bio)informatics team


  • A PhD and up to 3 years’ experience in bioinformatics or in biological sciences research driven by computational
  • Familiarity with bioinformatics, particularly the use and analysis of high-throughput sequencing data generated by a range of platforms
  • Familiarity with approaches to achieve data integration, interoperability and visualization
  • Familiarity with Linux & Unix platforms and computational pipelines
  • Experience in scripting and programming including R and Python
  • Record of scientific publications
  • Good communication and presentation skills
  • Experience in managing capacity building activities

Post location: The position will be based in Beijing, China

Position level: Post-doctoral level.

Duration: The position is on a 2 year fixed term contract.

Benefits: ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes medical insurance, life insurance and allowances for: education, housing, home leave, and annual holiday entitlement of 30 days + public holidays.


Applicants should send a cover letter and CV expressing their interest in the position, what they can bring to the role and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to the Director, People and Organizational Development through our recruitment portal on or before  14 December 2016. The position title and reference number: PD-Bioinformatics/Bios/11/2016 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the online application.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Those who had applied for the

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