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Bioinformatics: investigating the molecular basis of symbiosis and adaptation in corals and related cnidarian model organisms.

About This PhD Project

Project Description

We are currently seeking a highly motivated candidate with strong bioinformatics background to pursue Ph.D. Our group applies functional and comparative genomics techniques to investigate the molecular basis of symbiosis and adaptation in corals and related cnidarian model organisms. The respective projects are focused on NGS data analysis and include RNAseq, genome and transcriptome assembly as well as bisulfite and ChIP-Seq data.

The successful candidate will join the Group of Prof. Manuel Aranda at the Red Sea Research Center of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) []. Strong computational skills in the areas of Perl or Python programing as well as the proficient use of open source software for data processing and analysis of NGS data are required.


Handle and analyze NGS data (Illumina, PacBio)
Develop, assess, and adapt new technologies, protocols, and software
Write proposals and manuscripts for publication
Attend international conferences and events

Masters or Undergraduate degree with emphasis in bioinformatics AND molecular biology OR genetics
Must have bioinformatics skills and strong understanding of basic biology, genomics, high-content data analysis, and genome databases
Experience in programming, databases and Unix/Linux (Python or Perl, R,)
Experience with bioinformatics software such as assemblers, mappers, and general tools
Basic statistics and Next-gen sequencing pipeline experience

KAUST is a dynamic new university campus and campus community in Saudi Arabia that opened in September 2009. The campus is located directly at the Red Sea, near Jeddah. More information is available at


The position includes a highly competitive stipend, accommodation, annual leave, and health insurance.

To apply:

Please send cover letter summarizing your qualifications and interests, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for 2 references to , . Applications that do not fulfill requirements outlined above will not be considered.


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