Dear Galaxy developers,

The University of Oslo is in the process of hiring a system developer that will 
partly work on Galaxy-based infrastructure in the context of the ELIXIR 
infrastructure project, and partly as a developer of the Genomic HyperBrowser 
and related Galaxy-based analysis software. Please see attached information.

The application deadline is very soon: Sunday the 9th of March.

Please apply or contact us if you are interested!

Sveinung Gundersen, PhD

Head Engineer: System developer - ELIXIR infrastructure project/ Bioinformatics 
core Facility

Position as Head Engineer, SKO (1087) available for a systems developer as part 
of the national Elixir project, at the Oslo node, having office at Department 
of Informatics, University of Oslo. It is a full time position for one year, 
with possibilities for prolongation. Starting date as soon as possible.

The position will be located at the University of Oslo, with possible visits at 
local Oslo user sites as per arrangement. Languages: Norwegian or English.

The ELIXIR project is a part of the recently established European 
bioinformatics Research infrastructure project (, The position will also be an integral element of The 
joint Helse Sør-Øst/UiO bioinformatics core facility, consisting of a group of 
service personnel with a broad combined bioinformatics competence.  We provide 
services to users in the Oslo region, with an emphasis on the biomedical 

For further description of the range of services provided, please consult the 
Core Facility web page:

Job Description:

The successful candidate will be expected to be part of the service team, as 
well as to undertake development tasks within the core 
facility infrastructure. An important such task will be to participate in 
further developmental team effort of the Genomic HyperBrowser 
(, a software system catering to statistical 
analyses of massive genomic datasets. The aim is to find statistically and 
biologically significant relations between experimental genomic datasets, 
typically stemming from high-throughput genome sequencing. This system has been 
developed in Python (> 90.000 code lines), using NumPy for efficient vector 
calculations and Rpy2 for connecting to the R statistical platform. The 
HyperBrowser system has been used in a range of bioinformatics and biomedical 
research projects, both nationally and internationally, and is also the basis 
for a growing number of master projects in the Department of Informatics.

The initial ELIXIR.NO infrastructure, as well as the HyperBrowser system, is 
based upon the Galaxy framework (, which is a leading 
framework for accessible, reproducible and transparent biomedical research. 
Setup, tool development and some maintenance of Galaxy installations will 
preferably also be a part of the position.


We are seeking a candidate with a Baceholor level degree (or higher) within 
computer science and with an interest to work in bioinformatics. Competence 
within biology or bioinformatics is a bonus, but not a requirement for the 
position. Prior learning relevant for the particular tasks can compensate 
education requirement. We are a looking for a candidate with solid experience 
in Python or other high-level programming languages, furthermore 
competence/experience in the following areas is desirable:

        • Algorithms
        • System architecture/design patterns
        • Agile/extreme programming
        • Statistics
        • Linux

Pay grade 52 – 60  (NOK 435 100 – 499 200 per year) (depending on competence)

Application should contain:
        • Application letter
        • CV (complete overview of education, work experience and academic work
        • Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records and letters 
of recommendation
        • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to 
candidate and telephone number)

Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's 
grading system. Please remember that all documents should be in English or a 
Scandinavian language.

In accordance with the University of Oslo's equal opportunities policy, we 
invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of gender or 

UiO has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research 
results a.o

Region: Oslo
Job type: Contract
Working hours: Full-time
Working days: Day
Application deadline: March 9, 2014
Location: Blindern
Reference number: 2014/1036
Home page:
        • Head Engineer Sveinung Gundersen, E-mail: sveinung.gundersen (at), Telephone: +47 22840862
        • Professor II Eivind Hovig, E-mail: ehovig (at)


More information about the position and application form:

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