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[go-friends] Postdoc position - Bio-Ontologist (m/f)

Erick Antezana erick.antezana at
Mon Mar 17 14:40:11 PDT 2014

*** Apologies for cross-posting ***

The plant biotechnology Innovation center of Bayer in Gent is part of Bayer
CropScience NV in Diegem. The Gent site now has 350 employees and is the
most important research and development center of the Seeds division of the
Bayer group. Bayer CropScience is a leading international player in the
research, development and marketing of agricultural and vegetable seeds
with added value traits. The innovation and product development in Gent is
focused on agricultural crops such as oilseed rape, cotton, rice and wheat.
The Seeds division has more than 2700 employees worldwide. The headquarters
of Bayer CropScience are in Monheim, Germany, The company has more than
20.700 employees in more than 120 countries. In the Gent Innovation center,
the innovation and commercialization processes of improved plant varieties
are being streamlined by integrating plant biotech research and global
business support functions - such as legal, intellectual property, quality
analysis & control and regulatory.

Job description

1 - The postdoctoral fellow will work in a team together with
representatives of several Bayer CropScience teams and divisions on the
development and enrichment of bio-ontologies.
2 - As a member of the Computational Life Sciences division he/she will
contribute to the standardisation and harmonisation of information
resources (e.g.databases, applications).
3 - The fellow is expected to developed methods and solutions together with
software developers to make end-user solutions fast, readily handled and
4 - He/she will contribute to build insights about the functions of plants
proteins and genes exploiting information based on bio-ontologies.
5 - The position is for 18 months, starting preferably on the 1st of
July(2014), and is based in Ghent, Belgium.
6 - The position is co-funded by the EU FP7 Marie-Curie programme (

As a Plant Fellow you will also have the opportunity of developing new
research directions within the broad field of plant computational biology.
You will be provided with strong mentorship and be given appropriate
scientific training opportunities. During the time spent at Bayer
CropScience, you will also have the opportunity to propel farming's future
together with one of the most attractive employers in the industrial sector.

Your qualifications


 - PhD degree in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, or related
 - Proven publication record
 - High degree of motivation
 - Extensive and up-to-date knowledge of controlled vocabularies,
taxonomies, and bio-ontologies in the plant realm is required
 - Strong data modelling skills and experience in ontology-based data
 - Strong ability to work independently and as part of a team
 - Creative and flexible thinking
 - Proficient verbal, written, and presentation skills in English


 - Familiarity with Semantic Web technologies
 - Working experience in agribusiness
 - Recognition within the bio-ontology community

Your application

We offer a competitive salary with benefits package in an innovative and
international environment. Our teams are amongst the best in the industry.
Teamwork, entrepreneurship, drive, a passion to learn and to share
knowledge, respect for sustainable development and integrity are our most
precious values. Our international and interdisciplinary work environment
offers a range of possibilities to motivated, qualified people with
excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.

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Reference Code: 0000085820

Deadline for joint-application submission: 31 March 2014
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