Computational Biologist / Bioinformatician Sought for Biotech Start-up

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Matthijs van Leeuwen

Jul 25, 2008, 8:23:11 AM7/25/08
Dear member,

Looking to spend time in an interesting location? SimuGen is a
toxicogenomics company originating in Cambridge (UK), now establishing some
operations in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) with the aim of launching the first
product from Malaysia within a year. It'll be a web-based tool using
proprietary dose-response models of gene expression phenotypes from human
cell cultures exposed to chemicals. The aim being to help pharma develop
safer drugs. This has already attracted significant attention
internationally, and the intention is to begin a collaboration with a large
pharma company in the near future.

The company is looking for a highly driven, independent bioinfomatician /
computational biologist to conduct the R&D through to product implementation
in Malaysia. This post will last 8 months and may be suited to somebody who
is technically very good but still junior in industry, looking for a
shorter-term challange. However we would also consider somebody with more
experience and ambitions of eventually leading much of the company's R&D as
a 'product architect' in the UK or internationally. This has the potential
to grow into an exciting position, with highly competitive rewards for
achieving crucial company milestones. In the first instance the core
expectations would be:

(1) Manage the quality control of all data (from benchtop to analysis).
(2) Do extensive literature and database searches for toxicicologically
relevant candidate genes.
(3) Format and manage gene expression data for analysis.
(4) Work closely with the Chief Scientific Officer (based in the UK) and
the S-plus server team to set up the web-tool for customers.
(5) Help manage the collaboration with the pharma company.

In terms of basic skills we are looking for:

(1) Gene expression analysis (microarrays, qPCR) - crucial
(2) Ability to do database and literature searches for candidate genes -
(3) R programming skills - highly valued

The intention is to start this position in September, with a competitive
salary based on experience.

Interested persons can contact Dr Wills (CSO) with informal inquiries at A brief list of questions they might have, in
addition to a very brief CV clearly demonstrating skill sets, project
management and research potential would be most useful.We regret that we
will not respond to queries where the candidate clearly does not have the
correct background/skills.
Best regards,

Matt van Leeuwen
Operations Director
SimuGen Asia

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