Computational Biology Trainer for VIB and ELIXIR Belgium

Ghent VIB Bioinformatics Core

19 Jan 2022


VIB Bioinformatics Core

Bio IT


14 Feb 2022

About VIB and ELIXIR Belgium  

VIB is an entrepreneurial non-profit research institute with a clear focus on ground-breaking strategic basic research in life sciences and operates in close partnership with the five universities in Flanders – Ghent University, KU Leuven, University of Antwerp, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and Hasselt University.  

ELIXIR ( is a European research infrastructure that unites life-science research groups. It coordinates, integrates, and sustains bioinformatics resources across Europe. 

Job description  

The VIB Bioinformatics Core is hiring an enthusiastic computational biology trainer to expand the institutional training program and shape the data science curriculum of VIB and ELIXIR Belgium. 

Based on your experience in data science and life sciences and in collaboration with the Training Coordinator of ELIXIR Belgium, you will develop and organize several new training sessions, including online training material. To successfully accomplish your program, you will scout potential (bio)informatics trainers, guide them in setting up a successful training session and take the final responsibility of the execution and follow-up of training sessions. You will also have the opportunity yourself to give training sessions, based on your expertise and interests, and explore new methods of training, such as the development of Advanced Learning Environments. You will continue to establish connections to international trainers (e.g., and work on the visibility of the VIB Bioinformatics Core and ELIXIR Belgium, both within the institute as externally. 

VIB and ELIXIR Belgium aim to offer courses for essential computational skills, research computing (Galaxy and next flow workflow systems, use of the institutional infrastructure, as well as the Cloud offering of the Flemish Supercomputer Center), and pragmatic research data management according to the FAIR principles. 

To keep up your skills and keep in touch with this fast-evolving area of data science and bioinformatics, part of your time will be dedicated to supporting specific projects from the VIB research community.  

You can count on administrative and communication support and the assistance of bioinformatics trainers as colleagues to succeed. You will be employed in the VIB Bioinformatics Core. Our institute greatly values diverse standpoints and promotes an inclusive environment in which everyone is respected.   



  • You have a university degree in Sciences (Bioinformatics/Computer Sciences or similar) 
  • A broad view of current data science evolutions 
  • Strong organizing skills 
  • Demonstrated technical expertise (Python, Docker, GitHub, etc.) 
  • Experience with using cloud computing  
  • Good communication and teaching skills 
  • Fluent in English 

Key personal characteristics 

  • People-centered with a focus on service delivery 
  • No problem with traveling within Flanders frequently  

We offer 

A full-time position for 2 years initially. Prolongation is envisaged depending on the successful granting of the ELIXIR Belgium project. 

How to apply? 

Motivated candidates are asked to apply online. A first review of applications will start immediately. Applications are welcome until the position is filled. For more information about this function, please contact Alexander Botzki