CBRC Postdoctoral Researcher Opportunities

Postdoctoral Researchers in AI 

Would you like to work with world-leading scientists on the development of Artificial Intelligence methods and their applications in the life sciences, join one of the fastest growing universities in the world, and have access to world class resources to boost your academic career and prepare for a research career or faculty position?

We are looking for brilliant scientists to join us in the Bio-Ontology Research Group (BORG) at the Computational Bioscience Research Center (CBRC) at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. The BORG, headed by Professor Robert Hoehndorf, is renowned for pioneering several methods that combine deep learning and symbolic AI (formal logics, knowledge representation, ontologies) in biology and medicine, and is developing some of the world’s leading systems for protein function prediction, finding gene-disease association, and identifying causative variants in genomic sequences.  

Get to know us:
Website: https://borg.kaust.edu.sa/Pages/Home.aspx

Whom are we looking for exactly?
We are looking for researchers who have completed their Ph.D. in the past four years (due to the eligibility requirements set by KAUST), or will complete their Ph.D. in the next six months, and who have an ambition to advance their academic career through world class research on Artificial Intelligence and its applications in the life sciences. Successful candidates will have experience, demonstrated by publications in leading conferences or journals, in knowledge representation and reasoning, Semantic Web technologies, machine learning on structured data, or the application of artificial intelligence to challenging problems in biology or biomedicine. Also, candidates will be able to develop and implement AI systems that can utilize very large datasets such as those available in life sciences.

What are the requirements for the positions?

  • A Ph.D. degree (in Computer Science or related), completed in the last 4 years (due to the eligibility requirements set by KAUST).
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Experience, demonstrated by a publication record, in one of the following areas:

        -Machine Learning, Data Mining, Statistics, Data Science

        -Semantic Technologies and Ontologies, Knowledge Representation, Formal Logic

        -Development of novel methods in Bioinformatics or Biomedical data analytics

What can we offer that others cannot?

  • Access to world-class computer infrastructure, including the Shaheen 2 Cray XC40 supercomputer (top 20 in the world) and dedicated machine learning systems.

  • Exciting research topics frequently published in top-ranked journals and conferences in bioinformatics and computer science

  • Access to unique samples and datasets that enable us to address some of the most challenging problems in biology and medicine.

  • The opportunity to be a part, and an architect, of the AI revolution happening in the Middle East, with significant support for technology transfer and industrial applications.

  • An international, highly diverse university campus and housing by the Red Sea, with activities ranging from relaxing at the beach to golfing.

  • A competitive salary (commensurate with the applicant's qualifications), free, fully-furnished housing on the KAUST campus (with less than 10 minutes travel time to and from work), free medical and life insurance, and free education at KAUST School for the postdoctoral researcher’s children.

KAUST will be responsible for the actual recruiting decision, appointment offers and employment benefits.

To apply, please send a brief letter of motivation, CV, and names and contact details of two references to Robert Hoehndorf (robert.hoehndorf@kaust.edu.sa), using "Application to BORG Postdoctoral Position" as subject of your email.

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Postdoctoral Researchers – Bioinformatics and Computational Biology 

We are seeking to fill positions for two postdoctoral researchers in the domain of bioinformatics and computational biology at the Computational Bioscience Research Center at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.

The researchers will work in the Knowledge Mining Lab of Prof. Vladimir Bajic (https://www.kaust.edu.sa/en/study/faculty/vladimir-bajic). The group works heavily on the analysis of biomedical data and has strong collaborations links. The postdoctoral researchers will work on the development and application of Artificial Intelligence and signal processing, as well as conventional bioinformatics methods in bioinformatics and computational biology, aiming at extracting useful information from various biomedical data with a particular focus on systems biology approaches. Some of the application domains are in drug repurposing, diagnostic biomarkers, metagenomics, industrial and pharmaceutically important enzymes and peptides, annotation of functions of genes and proteins, etc. 

We are looking for self-driven, proactive knowledgeable candidates with a proven track record of accomplishments in domains of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. The record of publishing in reputable journals and developing bioinformatic tools and resources is a must. A wide background in bioinformatics domain and proven experience of successful work with a variety of bioinformatics datasets and problems is a definite advantage. 

Requirements:
- A completed PhD and Master degree in a relevant field (Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, or similar), completed in the last 4 years.
- Proficiency in spoken and written English.
- Programming experience and experience in software development.
- Experience, demonstrated by a publication record, in the relevant areas.

The postdoctoral researchers will be responsible for carrying out high-level research, including presentation of research results at conferences and publications in scientific journals.

Postdoctoral researchers are entitled to a competitive salary (commensurate with the applicant's qualifications), free, fully-furnished housing on the KAUST campus, medical and life insurance, international education at KAUST schools for dependent children, and relocation allowance.

KAUST will be responsible for the actual recruiting decision, appointment offers and employment benefits.

How to apply:
To apply, please send your detailed CV, a list of publications, and a letter of motivation combined in a single pdf document by email to: vladimir.bajic@kaust.edu.sa (cc to: cbrc.info@kaust.edu.sa ). Applications with documentation in multiple files will not be considered.

Contact:
For any questions related to the position, please contact Vladimir Bajic (vladimir.bajic@kaust.edu.sa).

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is being established in Saudi Arabia, on the Red Sea coastal area of Thuwal, as an international graduate-level research university dedicated to inspiring a new age of scientific achievement that will benefit the region and the world. As an independent and merit-based institution and one of the best-endowed universities in the world, KAUST intends to become a major new contributor to the global network of collaborative research. It will enable researchers from around the globe to work together to solve challenging scientific and technological problems. The admission of students, the appointment, promotion and retention of faculty and staff and all the educational, administrative and other activities of the University shall be conducted on the basis of equality, without regard to race, color, religion or gender. The leading position of KAUST with respect to research output in the region and the world was recognized by the QS World University Rankings 2016-2017, which ranked the University first globally in the category of Faculty Citations. Further information can be found at www.kaust.edu.sa

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