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Scientific programmer

Departmentdepartment of Genetics
Work locationGroningen
Apply no later than20 January 2019

Working environment

If you want to contribute to science and develop tools to improve healthcare as a programmer, this position is the next step in your career.

The department of Genetics is part of the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) and is involved in the research of multiple complex diseases. We have contributed to the identification of genetic variants that cause type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease, ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease.

We are currently looking for a scientific programmer in the research group of prof. dr. Lude Franke (www.ludesign.nl/frankelab). This position has become available because the current scientific programmer will continue as a PhD-student. Our group is a young, dynamic and international bio-informatics group of 5 PhD-students and 4 postdocs.

We are currently concentrating on:

  • integrating multi-omics datasets to identify likely causal genes for diseases that might be targetable by drugs.
  • helping to develop computational strategies to increase the diagnostic yield in clinical genetics.
  • contributing to the development of personalized medicine by performing large-scale genome-wide association studies on drug use and by implementing (pharmaco)genetic passports in the general population.

We feel passionate about gaining new scientific insight by reinterpreting large datasets. Key themes in our lab are data visualization, statistical modelling, big data and data integration.

Job description

As a scientific programmer you will be primarily responsible for making the work of our group publicly available through dedicated websites (e.g. www.genenetwork.nl, www.eqtlgen.org). Furthermore, you will contribute to data-analysis on projects throughout the group. Therefore you will work closely with all members of the team, depending on the needs within the projects. Your work may result in co-authorships on scientific papers for these projects and may potentially provide the basis for obtaining a PhD degree. Occasionally you will collaborate with colleagues from other research groups within the department and the Genomics Coordination Centre (www.rug.nl/research/genetics/genomicscoordinationcentre/).


  • Developing and maintaining our groups’ publicly available websites
  • Developing software tools for data-analysis
  • Automating data-analysis (on our private HPC cluster)

What do we need

  • BSc/MSc degree in (bio-)informatics or equivalent
  • Proficiency in Java and R is essential
  • Experience with front-end web development (HTML, JavaScript) is essential
  • Experience with React framework, Python, Bash is a plus
  • Fluent in English

The UMCG has a preventive Hepatitis B policy. The UMCG can provide you with the vaccination, should it be required for your position.

In case of specific professions a ‘Certificate of Good Behaviour’ is required.

What do we offer

We offer a two year temporary contract with a salary based on your experience, with a maximum of € 3.969,- gross per month (scale 9), for a fulltime position (36 hours/week). The UMCG also offers an 8% holiday bonus and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus. The terms of employment comply with the Collective Labour Agreement for Medical Centers (CAO-UMC).

More information

For more information about this vacancy you may contact:
prof. dr. Lude Franke (Contact), (please do not use e-mail adress for applications)

Applying for a job

Please use the the digital application form at the bottom of this page - only these will be processed.
You can apply until 20 januari 2019.
Within half an hour after sending the digital application form you will receive an email- confirmation with further information.