The Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Geel, Belgium, is offering a position for post-doctoral scientist in the area of molecular biology applied to DNA fingerprinting. The position is in the JRC’s Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM).
The successful candidate will carry out laboratory work and develop DNA-based methods for the identification of robust biomarkers in food or any biological materials that need a tariff classification. Common DNA fingerprinting methods (e.g. AFLP, SSR) will be utilised for discovery of appropriate markers as well as bioinformatics tools for the classification of the concerned products. The development of suitable sample preparation protocols will be part of the work.
The candidates shall have competences in experimental design and interpretation of data for qualitative (database and search engine for biomarker identification) and quantitative (classification tools) DNA fingerprinting analysis.
Candidates with a PhD in biology or biochemistry or a relevant other discipline with a strong background in DNA fingerprinting techniques and/or bioinformatics are invited to submit their applications. They are expected to have experience in development of molecular markers, real-time PCR and DNA fingerprinting methods. The expertise of the candidates shall be supported by a relevant publication list. The demanding nature of the research topic requires the ability to solve problems and to act effectively as part of a research team. The successful candidate shall be able to work under the umbrella of a quality system. A good command of English is a prerequisite.
Deadline: 15 February 2012