Netherlands: Post Doctoral Position in Bioinformatics at Leiden University Medical Centre

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Job description

As postdoc/ bioinformatician on integrative analysis of epigenomic data your research is embedded within The Netherlands hub of the Biobanking and Biomolecular Research Infrastructure (BBMRI-NL).  Working on this project you will analyze genome-wide DNA methylation profiles and link them to genetic, transcriptomic and phenotypic variation within a nation-wide functional genomics infrastructure to gain mechanistic insights into complex disease phenotypes. Hence, you will have the opportunity to work on a unique data set obtained with state-of-the-art technology and of unprecedented scale providing a platform for comprehensive and powerful analyses.


You hold a PhD (preferred) or Master’s degree in bioinformatics or biostatistics with a focus on solving biological research questions. You have a strong background in the analysis and interpretation of high-dimensional data as evidenced by publications in peer-reviewed journals. Moreover, you are an efficient programmer in various languages for the analysis of such data and you have shown to effectively collaborate with researchers from other disciplines. Experience with the analysis of Illumina 27k/450k methylation data, micro-array/RNA-sequencing data and/or high-throughput bisulfite sequencing data is recommended. Only applications including a personal statement of interest will be considered.

Conditions of employment

You will be employed on the basis of a 36-hour week. Appointment is temporary for two years. Your salary will depend on your qualifications and experience, with a maximum of € 3,961 gross per month based on a 36-hour week (scale 10, CAO UMC).

The terms of employment offered by the LUMC are highly favourable. For example, you will receive an 8% holiday remuneration, a year-end bonus, a pension arrangement with the National Civil Pension Fund, and, if applicable, a bonus for unsocial hours. Also, as employee of one of the University Hospitals in the Netherlands, you will naturally join our collective health insurance policy.

Moreover, the LUMC offers excellent facilities in the area of education, child-care centres, and career advice. In addition, you may enjoy various leave arrangements and other extras.

Contract type: Temporary, for two years


Leiden University Medical Center


At the Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC), we are continually seeking to improve the quality of healthcare. The research of the department of Medical Statistics and Bioinformatics aims to identify molecular profiles and biological pathways that increase our understanding of common diseases and eventually the prospect of healthy ageing. The department provides an excellent environment for the analysis of high-dimensional data and comprises a lab on epigenomics research, which made a significant contribution to the field for example through its epigenetic studies of the Dutch Famine.

Additional information

If you have any questions, or if you want more information about this position, please contact

Dr. Bas Heijmans (principal investigator), Medical Statistics & Bioinformatics, telephone +31 (0)71 526 97 85.

Please send your email, including your motivation and CV, to Make sure to do this before 16 September, 2013. Clearly state the vacancy number of the position you are applying for.

It is also possible to apply via our online form at

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