5 positions at Balearic Centre for Biodiversity of the University of the Balearic Islands

Among the activities promoted at the Centre, training in biosystematics
for the scientific community will be reinforced (understood as the
integrative discipline that studies the diversity of life, and citizen
science activities). The establishment of synergies and strategic
collaborations with agencies at regional, national and international
levels will also be promoted. We expect that the successful candidates
will contribute to the establishment and development of the Centre as a
reference in biodiversity studies, offering multidisciplinary services
to the scientific community at regional and national levels and being a
solid partner in international initiatives.

Female candidates are especially encouraged to apply. The successful
candidate must demonstrate mastery of English and Spanish as working
languages. If an appointee is not fluent in one of them, he/she will be
expected to learn it within two years, to be able to participate in all
functions that the position may involve.

We offer 5 positions: 1) PROJECT MANAGER, 2) GENOMIC LAB MANAGER, 3)
POSTDOC IN BIOINFORMATICS, 4) DATA SCIENTIST/MANAGER, and 5)COLLECTIONS
AND BIODIVERSITY AND SYSTEMATICS TRAINING MANAGER. A detailed
information about work description, qualification requirements and
competences, and salaries are detailed below.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send expressions of interest to Maria Capa
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summary of scientific work and research interests, addressing the
qualification requirements in the job description; max. 2 pages. Please
clearly indicate the name of the job or jobs of interest.

The formal application will be announced on the 15th September 2022
through the UIB website
https://snss.uib.cat/seccions/cont/Convocatories-vigents/. You will be
required to include a CV with a complete list of education, positions,
teaching experience, administrative experience, project acquisition and
coordination experience, other qualifying activities and a complete list
of publications. A Selection Committee will only evaluate candidates who
formally registered the application (expression of interests is not
considered a formal application). Do not hesitate to contact
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A short list of candidates will be interviewed. We may also request two
reference persons (name, relationship to candidate, e-mail, and phone
number). All documents must be in English, Spanish or Catalan.

RELEVANT DATES

Official application in public call 15th September 2022 – through the
UIB website
https://snss.uib.cat/seccions/cont/Convocatories-vigents/

TARGET START DATE

15 November 2022

FULL JOBS DESCRPTION

Positions available at the new Centre for Biodiversity, UIB

Five positions (2.5-year positions with possibilities of extension) are
available at the new Balearic Centre for Biodiversity of the University
of the Balearic Islands. This is a new initiative funded by the National
and Balearic Governments and expected to start operations next fall. The
Balearic Centre for Biodiversity, conceived as a scientific- technical
support service for UIB research groups, research institutions,
government managers, and the private sector, will generate biodiversity
knowledge, will be responsible of the curation of reference collections
and data and will allow to establish management tools and formulate
strategies for the preservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services.
The Balearic Centre for Biodiversity will be devoted to: 1) the
generation, management and maintenance of reference natural history
collections, 2) the implementation of the genomic laboratory; and 3) the
generation, maintenance and management of geophysical, environmental,
genetic and genomic metadata. The data stored in this Centre provides
detailed information about biodiversity on a regional scale and will
make it accessible to the scientific, political, administrative,
industrial, social and educational communities.
Among the activities promoted at the Centre, training in biosystematics
for the scientific community will be reinforced (understood as the
integrative discipline that studies the diversity of life, and citizen
science activities). The establishment of synergies and strategic
collaborations with agencies at regional, national and international
levels will also be promoted. We expect that the successful candidates
will contribute to the establishment and development of the Centre as a
reference in biodiversity studies, offering multidisciplinary services
to the scientific community at regional and national levels and being a
solid partner in international initiatives. Female candidates are
especially encouraged to apply. The successful candidate must
demonstrate mastery of English and Spanish/Catalan as working languages.
If an appointee is not fluent in one of them, he/she will be expected to
learn it within two years, to be able to participate in all functions
that the position may involve.

JOB DESCRIPTIONS

1) PROJECT MANAGER
We are looking for an enthusiastic, competent and inspiring early career
scientist (with a PhD and preferably postdoctoral experience) with
excellent team building, leading and negotiation skills. The project
manager will be co-responsible for all aspects of the Balearic Centre
for Biodiversity and should plan, manage, execute and oversee the
different activities run in the Centre (curation of natural history
collections, storage and curation of genomic and meta-data, running of
the genomic platform, training and outreach activities, etc.). The
project manager will be also responsible for a team and able to delegate
and coordinate tasks. The project manager will specifically be
responsible for: Coordination and technical supervision of other
employees of the Balearic Biodiversity Centre. Coordination of the
adaptation of laboratory and collection spaces, acquisition and
supervision of infrastructure and equipment for the Baearic Biodiversity
Center Coordination, management and supervision of the different
components of the activities run by the Centre. Management and oversee
of budgets and purchases (together with administrative staff) and
writing of proposals and internal documents. Ensure the participation of
the Centre and coordination of activities and tasks in international
platform and networks inc. EBP, ERGA, CBP (Biogenome), GBIF; etc...
Coordination and management of results, collections and data produced by
the Biodiversity Projects launched during 2022-2025.

Qualification requirements and competences

Applicants must document research excellence, including a PhD in a
relevant field and a record of publications in refereed international
journals or with highly-respected book publishers.
Prior experience leading research projects, as well as a track record of
national and international collaborations, will be taken into account.
Personal suitability for the position will also be assessed. It is
essential that applicants can demonstrate strong leadership and
communication skills, adaptability and capacity to upfront challenges.

We offer

Salary 50.000-55.000 € per annum (gross amount before social security
costs and taxes) depending on qualifications and experience.
In addition, there will be a single payment of a maximum of 2000 € for
travel expenses for a one-way trip from the center of origin to the
reception center.
The person appointed will have 10% research time and a grant of 10.000 €
will be awarded, additional to the salary, to promote their research.
An academically stimulating environment. A friendly and inclusive
workplace. A good work-life balance and access to Spanish excellent
public services and welfare schemes, including free and accessible
education and healthcare.
Opportunities to participate in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.

2) GENOMIC LAB MANAGER
We are looking for a competent and highly skilled genomic scientist or
technician (with a PhD in Molecular Biology or similar or demonstrated
proficiency in the lab methods and techniques) able to equip, run and
provide excellent next-generation sequencing (NGS) services,
particularly on long fragments (> 50 kb). The Genomic Lab will be
equipped with sequencers and instrumentation for sequencing library
production including robots for automation of protocols. The services of
the Lab will be contracted by members of the UIB as well as by external
academic and private customers.

The genomic lab manager will specifically be responsible for:
Setting up and maintenance of new equipment.
Coordination and management of the genomics laboratory.
Fine-tuning of DNA extraction protocols and preparation of short and
long fragment libraries.
Coordination and management of the genomic lab – incl. purchase of
consumables and laboratory material.
Training and supervision of technicians.
Outsourcing of services (incl. management and budgets).
Along with the Project Manager, ensure participation of the Balearic
Biodiversity Centre in international networks such as EBP and ERGA,
following their procedures, protocols and standards.

Qualification requirements and competences

Applicants must document high genomic skills and understanding of the
theoretical bases – demonstrated by record of publications,
participation in scientific projects, or previous jobs in sequencing
facilities. PhD is a plus but not mandatory.

Knowledge of NGS protocols (RNA-seq, small RNA-seq, ATAC-seq, Hi-C,
amplicon, exome, genomic and metagenome sequencing). Expertise in
long-fragment sequencing in PacBio or Nanopore platforms is a plus.
Knowledge of computational methods for sequence analysis and interpretation.
Highly developed organizational skills.
Keen interest in further developing NGS protocols and applications.
Open personality, capability to easily interact with people and
communicate effectively with the team.

We offer
Salary 44.000-50.000 € per annum (gross amount before social security
costs and taxes) depending on qualifications and experience.
In addition, there will be a single payment of a maximum of 2000 € for
travel expenses for a one-way trip from the center of origin to the
reception center.
Training opportunities.
An academically stimulating and working environment. A friendly and
inclusive workplace.
A good work-life balance and access to Spanish excellent public services
and welfare schemes, including free and accessible education and healthcare.
Opportunities to participate in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.

3) POSTDOC IN BIOINFORMATICS
We are looking for a highly motivated and talented early-career
postdoctoral researcher (preferably with postdoctoral experience),
specialized in comparative genomics and sequence analysis. The appointee
will work on exciting research projects collaborating with other
scientists in the Balearic Biodiversity Centre and the local research
community who are generating novel data (whole-genome sequences, RNAseq
transcriptome data, Illumina, Nanopore, or PacBio,...). These
collaborations also allow your computational results to be
experimentally validated.

The Postdoc in Bioinformatics will specifically be responsible for:
Providing service to the Balearic Biodiversity Center.
Assembly and annotation of genomes and transcriptomes. Comparative genomics.
Sequence analyses.
Set up pipelines of genomic data analyses in the local servers.

Qualification requirements and competences

Ph.D. degree in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, or related.
A strong research output (peer-reviewed publications in high-quality
journals) and contribution to developing and maintaining bioinformatic
tools.
Hands-on experience in bioinformatics programming, (eg, python, C, or
java) and git repositories.
Experience in bioinformatic tools developed in singularity, docker,
galaxy, and elixir.
Experience in genome assembly and annotation particularly using long
fragments.
Experience with the analysis of next-generation sequence data such as
whole-genome sequencing, RNA-Seq and population genomics is a plus.
Strong interest in studying biologic patterns using genomics approaches.
Good, open communication skills and be willing to collaborate with
multiple other researchers from our team.

We offer
Salary 44.000-50.000 € per annum (gross amount before social security
costs andtaxes) depending on qualifications and experience.
In addition, there will be a single payment of a maximum of 2000 € for
travel expenses for a one-way trip from the center of origin to the
reception center.
The person appointed will have 10% research time. A grant of 10.000
euros will be awarded, as an additional amount, to promote their research.
Training opportunities.
An academically stimulating and working environment. A friendly and
inclusive workplace.
A good work-life balance and access to Spanish excellent public services
and welfare schemes, including free and accessible education and healthcare.
Opportunities to participate in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching,
and bioinformatic courses developed by the center.

4) DATA SCIENTIST/MANAGER
We are looking for a highly motivated and talented early-career computer
scientist, with research and data management expertise. A PhD in
computer science or bioinformatics is a plus but not mandatory. We are
especially interested in a researcher who has strong experience in
managing and curating large sample ecological/biological/biodiversity
metadata. The appointee will be responsible for building the
Biodiversity Centre databases including the natural history collection
database and multidisciplinary biodiversity database.

The successful candidate will specifically be responsible for:
Create and manage a database of multidisciplinary biodiversity datasets,
genomic databases and the natural history collection dataset including
the biobank (with tissue and DNA).
Manage the data already available and ready to transfer to the new
Biodiversity Centre.
Coordination of databases to meet international standards and to be
shared among the different international open-access platforms (GBIF,
NCBI, DiSSCo, etc) and other databases promoted by EBP and ERGA.
Curation of the data and maintenance of bioinformatic and other tools
and databases (including genomic data) located in our local servers.
The candidate is encouraged to analyze these data based on their own
research interests to make publications, and work on methodology-related
projects of the Centre.

Qualification requirements and competences
A visible track record (e.g., publication and third-party funding
experience) in the field. Previous experience in similar jobs/positions
is an advantage. A Ph.D. degree in Data Science will be considered a plus.
Hands-on experience on data and database set-up and management
Good, open communication skills and be willing to collaborate with
multiple other researchers from our team.
We offer
Salary 44.000-50.000 € per annum (gross amount before social security
costs and taxes) depending on qualifications and experience.
In addition, there will be a single payment of a maximum of 2000 € for
travel expenses for a one-way trip from the center of origin to the
reception center.
The person appointed will have 10% research time. A grant of 10.000
euros will be awarded, as an additional amount, to promote his/her research.
Training opportunities.
An academically stimulating and working environment. A friendly and
inclusive workplace.
A good work-life balance and access to Spanish excellent public services
and welfare schemes, including free and accessible education and healthcare.
Opportunities to participate in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.

5)COLLECTIONS AND BIODIVERSITY AND SYSTEMATICS TRAINING MANAGER
We are looking for a highly motivated and responsible, detail-oriented
individual with the necessary management and curatorial skills to build,
curate and oversee the new Balearic Biodiversity Centre collections. The
appointee will also be responsible for building bridges and
collaborations with other established biological collections in the
Balearic Islands.

The successful candidate will specifically be responsible for:
The acquisition of the needed equipment and material for the assigned
collections space of the new Biodiversity Centre and preparing the space
for the collections.
Receiving, curation and database of the collections already available to
be housed at the Centre. They will include wet collections, dry
collections including herbarium, historic collections, microscopic
slides, and bio-banking of tissue and nucleic acids (DNA/RNA).
Generate the curate the collection database in collaboration with the
Data management.
Coordinate the digitization of collections and ensure the connection
with digital collection international networks.
Coordination and collaborations with other Balearic collections at
different research institutions.
Supervising the creation and content of the Balearic Biodiversity Centre
website
Coordination of biodiversity and Biosystematics training and outreach
activities in the Centre.

Qualification requirements and competences
Degree in Biological Sciences, or related.
Hands-on experience on collection management and collection databases.
Previous experience in a similar role is a plus.
Hands-on experience in the preservation, curation and maintenance of
natural history collections.
Good, open communication skills and be willing to collaborate with
multiple other researchers from our team.

We offer
Salary 22.000-24.000 € per annum (gross amount before social security
costs and taxes) depending on qualifications and experience.
In addition, there will be a single payment of a maximum of 2000 € for
travel expenses for a one-way trip from the center of origin to the
reception center.
Training opportunities.
An academically stimulating and working environment. A friendly and
inclusive workplace.
A good work-life balance and access to Spanish excellent public services
and welfare schemes, including free and accessible education and healthcare.
Opportunities to participate in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.


HOW TO APPLY

Please send expressions of interest to Maria Capa
Este endereço de email está sendo protegido de spambots. Você precisa do JavaScript ativado para vê-lo. along with a statement of motivation and a
summary of scientific work and research interests, addressing the
qualification requirements in the job description; max. 2 pages. Please
clearly indicate the name of the job or jobs ofinterest.
The formal application will be announced on the 15th September 2022
through the UIB website
https://snss.uib.cat/seccions/cont/Convocatories-vigents/.
You will be required to include a CV with a complete list of education,
positions, teaching experience, administrative experience, project
acquisition and coordination experience, other qualifying activities and
a complete list of publications. A Selection Committee will only
evaluate candidates who formally registered the application (expression
of interests is not considered a formal application).
Do not hesitate to contact Este endereço de email está sendo protegido de spambots. Você precisa do JavaScript ativado para vê-lo. if you need help
with this process.
A short list of candidates will be interviewed. We may also request two
reference persons (name, relationship to candidate, e-mail, and phone
number).
All documents must be in English, Spanish or Catalan.

Relevant dates

Official application in public call 15th September 2022 – through the
UIB website
https://snss.uib.cat/seccions/cont/Convocatories-vigents/

Target start date: 15 November 2022

The University of the Balearic Islands in brief

The University of the Balearic Islands invites you to work and research
in a privileged backdrop, where the tranquility, wellbeing and joy of
the Mediterranean come together in perfect harmony with a work-oriented
environment designed to educate, generate knowledge and innovate,
alongside a commitment to excellence in research and teaching. The
university campus is located in the municipality of Palma, on the
outskirts of the city. It is an avant-garde university with more than 40
years of history that has achieved the first positions in the teaching
and research rankings. It has more than 16,000 students and nearly 1,700
professors and researchers who create a pleasant atmosphere in tune with
an offer of leisure, healthy living and constant learning. The campus
enjoys excellent transport links and houses all the necessary facilities
and services for university life. Our vast experience offers you the
opportunity to relish multilingual learning in a culturally rich and
diverse setting. The UIB is a cutting-edge university for teaching and
research. It has deep roots in the region and is committed to society,
sowing values that honour humanity with an ever-increasing international
calling.