University of Bergen

Department of Informatics

The University of Bergen (UiB) is an internationally recognised research university with more than 14,000 students and close to 3,500 employees at six faculties. The university is located in the heart of Bergen. Our main contribution to society is excellent basic research and education across a wide range of disciplines.

Service Scientist (Researcher) at the Computational Biology Unit, Department of Informatics, University of Bergen

The Department of Informatics has a vacant permanent position as a researcher.

Computational Biology Unit (CBU)
CBU is a leading hub of bioinformatics research spanning both the basic and applied fields. CBU offers support and assistance to the life science community, and coordinates the bioinformatics education for the next generation of computational biologists.

ELIXIR is a European infrastructure for bioinformatics with 21 member countries. In addition, the EMBL is a member. The Norwegian Node – ELIXIR Norway – is lead from the University of Bergen and is funded by the Research Council of Norway and the five partner institutions (University of Bergen, University of Oslo, Norwegian University of Science and Technology – NTNU, University of Tromsø and Norwegian University of Life Sciences – NMBU). ELIXIR provides services within bioinformatics to users all over the world. The Norwegian Node is responsible for some of these services and offers also a broader spectrum of services towards Norwegian users (Norwegian BioInformatics Platform)

The service scientist will be part of the help desk of ELIXIR Norway and within the Service group at the Computational Biology Unit. The position is directed towards analysis of high-throughput data from technologies such as NGS sequencing and proteomics as well as more general bioinformatics analysis projects.


Work tasks:

  • Assist research groups in experiment design and planning of high-throughput omics experiments, as well as perform data analysis of resulting data sets either on behalf of or in close collaboration with the end users of the ELIXIR Norway help desk.

  • Guide and train users to select appropriate bioinformatics tools and databases to solve their data analysis needs.

  • Collaborate with partnering research infrastructures (i.e. within NGS sequencing, proteomics, biobanks) to offer coordinated services to end users.

  • Contribute to testing of the national e-infrastructure developed in the bioinformatics platform and ELIXIR2, and participate in shaping its development.

  • Train and assist end users with bioinformatics analysis and utilization of available e-infrastructure for data management and analysis of life science data.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • The applicants must hold a PhD degree in a relevant field, such as bioinformatics, molecular biology or informatics, or must have submitted his/her doctoral thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the PhD has been awarded.

  • Extensive knowledge and practical experience in bioinformatics.

  • Mastering the fundamentals of molecular biology.

  • Documented ability to collaborate with molecular biologists is a requirement.

  • Scripting and programming experience in languages relevant for omics scale data analysis in general, is a requirement.

  • Extensive hands-on experience with several types of NGS data analyses, covering both DNA and RNA focused projects, is required.

  • Experience with assembly and annotation of new genomes and transcriptomes is advantageous.

  • Research experience within bioinformatics, documented through published scientific articles, is required

  • Experience with proteomics data analysis is an advantage.

  • Experience in interpretation of genome scale data in context of available data in scientific databases, and integration of multiple datasets for holistic interpretation, is advantageous.

  • Statistics and machine learning course work and/or demonstrated application of those in previous research is also beneficial.

We offer:

  • A good and scientifically challenging working environment.

  • Starting salary on pay grade 57 (corresponding to NOK 490 900) in the Civil Service pay grade table (code 1109). Further increases will be made according to length of service in the position. In the case of particularly highly qualified applicants, a higher salary may be considered.

  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

  • A position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise)

  • Good welfare benefits

Your application must include:

  • A brief account of your research interests and motivation for applying for the position.

  • The names and contact information for two referees. One of these should be the main advisor from the PhD programme.

  • CV

  • Transcripts and diplomas or official confirmation that the doctoral thesis has been submitted

  • Relevant certificates/references

  • List of any works of a scientific nature (publication list)

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge.


General information

For further information please contact the head of CBU, Professor Inge Jonassen, Department of Informatics.


The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position. We encourage women to apply. If multiple applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, the rules pertaining to moderate gender quotas shall apply.


The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions. Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.





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