Eyam Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics hiring Bioinformatician in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Postdoctoral Position at Eyam Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics – Bioinformatician 

Eyam Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics (Eyam) is seeking an outstanding Bioinformatician. This is a unique opportunity to experience collaborative research with leading industry and academic experts. Under the direction of the Director of Bioinformatics and the Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Paolo Ribeca and Dr. Wilf Jefferies, the successful candidate will work on a project to create and use novel algorithms for the development of self-amplifying nucleic acid vaccines. Scientists from both Eyam and the University of British Columbia (UBC) will collaborate with and work alongside the successful candidate. 

About Eyam Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics: Eyam Vaccines and immunotherapeutics is a private, Canadian based company focused on the research and development of vaccines that are safe, efficacious and low dose. Eyam, was named to honour the village in Derbyshire that, in 1665-1666, chose to stay and brave near certain death rather than travelling and risk transmitting the plague to their neighbouring towns. In the end, 75% of Eyam’s residents did indeed die, but their surrounding neighbours were saved due to Eyam’s heroic and selfless quarantine. Today, the world is in need of heroic, selfless acts to halt the COVID-19 spread in its tracks. Eyam Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics is joined in the cause to be “right to market” with a vaccine to end the death and suffering caused by COVID-19.

Project: Eyam seeks an outstanding candidate to help develop and use a novel, proprietary algorithm created by Eyam scientists to build genetic blueprints for vaccines. The collaborative research project offers the successful candidate a unique opportunity to work with academic and industry experts for vaccine research and development. 

Candidate: We are hiring one bioinformatician. The ideal candidate will have a background in bioinformatics, computer science, or another equivalent quantitative discipline. Candidates with a background in biological sciences and/or immunology and demonstrable equivalent experience in bioinformatics will be considered. Required skills are fluency in one or more mainstream programming languages used in bioinformatics, such as Python. Knowledge of C and C++, and functional programming languages, will be considered a plus. Experience in shell programming and Unix/Linux, with possibly previous experience in HPC, is also a prerequisite. Previous wet lab work would be advantageous, although not required. The candidate should be self-motivated and able to work independently and collaboratively, with strong interpersonal skills. Excellent documentation, organizational, and communication skills are required. 

Opportunity: While most of the work can take place remotely, the candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with the highly innovative and interdisciplinary research environment spanning the University of British Columbia and Eyam. Vancouver repeatedly ranks among the most livable places in the world and combines excellence in research with high quality of life. Excellent opportunities for personal and professional development are provided. 

Offer: A competitive salary ($60-70K CAD, negotiable) and benefits package, with further professional development opportunities. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications, experience and awards secured. 

Application Process: Interested applicants should submit a single file containing their  CV and cover letter in PDF format. Applications should be submitted to twelch@eyamhealth.com with

‘Bioinformatics Scientist Position’ in the email subject line. Applicants for the position will be evaluated in the order they are received. Contact details of 3 references will be required later in the application process.

This posting will remain open until the position is filled. The proposed start date for this position is October 2022 and is negotiable. The appointment will initially be for one year and is extendable depending on funding availability. 

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

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