The BioArte – Malta

Qualification needed: Degree in Molecular Biology or Biotechnology, PhD in microbiology will be a plus

Experience needed: At least 3 years of experience in a microbiology and/or genomic laboratory involved in NGS

Role: Microbiologist/Bioinformatician scientist

Working condition: Full time

Location: Malta Life Science Park, Malta

Requirments, list of duties and responsibilities:

  • Standard microbiology techniques, anaerobe systems, molecular biology techniques.
  • The candidate should have a background in Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) data analysis, the capacity of using well established bioinformatic and biostatistical approaches (R, Bioconductor). All of this applied to microbial ecology.
  • Working in an organised manner (eg. using Github & version control)

Coordinate the activities of the Research Unit:

  1. Implement the pipeline for nasal and vaginal microbiota profiling using Nanopore and Illumina platforms (shotgun and 16s)
  2. Use different available tools to analyse NGS data and prepare reports on the analysis
  3. Install all the applicable equipment of the company; coordinate the maintenance of them.
  4. DNA/RNA extraction with manual kits and/or robotic equipment like King Fisher

5 . Handling of biological samples in a BSL2 environment

6.. Development and maintenance of anaerobe systems.

7. Library preparation and next-generation sequencing for microbiome (16S, ITS & viral NA) analysis, including bioinformatic data analysis (quality control, trimming, filtering, taxonomy, alpha and beta diversity, PCoA, NMDS, plotting)

8. Acquisition, installation/validation and training on necessary instrumentation and software to support molecular diagnostics and NGS assay development for microbiome analysis.

9. Familiar with Nanopore and Illumina sequencing equipment. Understanding and optimization of sequencing protocols.

10. Writing and updating of relevant standard operating procedures (SOPs).

11. Following established SOPs for the preventive maintenance and calibration of laboratory equipment and facilities.

12. Following quality management system protocols of documentation and record keeping, including but not limited to validation/verification and test reports, inventory management, Safety Data Sheets (SDS’s) and Certificates of Analysis (COA’s).

13. Independent development, validation, and implementation of complex genomics assays to support clinical studies under the direct control of Lab Head or Directors.

14. Preparation of weekly reports for the Director or Lab Head.

15. Following the data management policy of the company

  1. Prepare patent, publication and grants proposals.

Our offer

  • The ability to develop yourself in a dynamic, fast-growing, and challenging environment with a direct impact on the company development.
  • Competitive salary based on experience.
  • Flexibility in hours of work

Application Instructions

Please apply online sending:

  • a CV in English
  • cover letter in English. In the cover letter, elaborate on you experience, within 1 page.
  • the name and contact details of at least 2 potential referees.