Microbes play an important role in the growth and development of plants. Both as pathogens or beneficial microbes. Spadix offers several plant micro-organisms identification and -characterization services. In collaboration with our technology partner Future Genomics Technologies we now offer for our clients in agriculture an ultrafast (one business day) and accurate (>99.5% accuracy) identification of complete microbial genome sequences.

Specifications of a case study

  • Bacterial strain: Escherichia coli K12
  • Input: 2 mL stationary overnight culture
  • DNA yield: ~2 µg HMW gDNA
  • Platform: NGS based Long Read Sequencing
  • Raw data yield: 800 Mb (fastq format)
  • Bioinformatics: de novo contig assembly and 2x contig correction
  • Product: 1 contig of 4,64 Mb with 99.72% identity to reference (4,64 Mb)
  • Optional polishing toward qv>40

Total duration of pipeline: 6 hours

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About Spadix

Spadix, founded in 2018, is a contract research laboratory specialized in genomic research. We offer a wide range of Next Generation Sequencing services for the plant breeding industry. Our services include genomics, transcriptomics, marker assisted breeding technologies, quality control services and bioinformatics. Spadix is located at the Bio Science Park in Leiden, the Netherlands.

About the position

Due to our continued growth we have an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated Intern Bioinformatician willing to work on the development of a Bioinformatic pipeline supporting one of Spadix’s technology platforms.

We are looking for

A highly driven motivated candidate with knowledge of Python, Linux and NGS technologies. Additional knowledge of or feeling for plant genomics, Perl, R, distributed source code version control systems (Git or Mercurial) are of benefit.

As an Intern Bioinformatician you are amongst others responsible for the development of an analysis pipeline needed to support one of Spadix’s technology platforms.

Your profile

  • BSc/MSc student in bioinformatics or related study
  • Available for a period of 5-9 months
  • Feeling for pipeline development

We offer

A challenging fulltime position in a young and growing high tech company. Internship compensation depends on the qualification of the candidate.


Please send a motivation letter and C.V. to Richard Feron (CSO) via Dit e-mailadres wordt beveiligd tegen spambots. JavaScript dient ingeschakeld te zijn om het te bekijken..

Apply before June 30, 2020

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Waar kunt u ons ontmoeten?

Spadix is aanwezig op belangrijke conferenties op het gebied van plantenveredeling en genomica. Hieronder is een overzicht van events waar u ons in de komende periode kunt ontmoeten.

  • 12-16 januari 2019: Plant & Animal Genome Conference.