Unix (AMC PhD Program)

Information about the course Unix.

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To get hands-on experience with the Unix/Linux operating system to facilitate biomedical researchers to get access to and use the large variety of data analysis tools that were developed for this environment.


    The course is given on two consecutive days and consists of a mix of lectures and computer exercises.

      Scheduled dates:

      March 3 and 4, 2021.


      Unix is a multitasking, multi-user computer operating system, for which many tools in bioinformatics and e-Science have been developed. Many computers or computerclusters that are used in the analysis for large (omics) dataset run Unix as opposed to Windows. Therefore, basis knowledge of Unix provides the biomedical researcher with the skills to access and use powerfull computer systems and tools that have been developed for Unix and are used on a routine basis in bioinformatics, biostatistics and e-Science.


      1. Introduction to Unix.
      2. The basic commands.
      3. Shell scripting.
      4. awk, sed.

      Target Audience:

      AMC PhD candidates.


      The course is given in English.


      To qualify for the certificate, a participant must attend all lectures and workshops, and complete all assignments satisfactorily. Attendance is registered.

      Study load:

      16 hours, which is comparable to 0.5 ECTS points.

      Number of participants:

      Maximum 15 per course.


      No charge for registered AMC PhD candidates. Employees of the AMC or AMC Medical Research BV can participate provided slots are available. All other participants are charged a fee of 500 euro.

      Course Coordinator:

      Barbera D.C. van Schaik / Department of Clinical Epidemiology / Bioinformatics Laboratory / b.d.vanschaik@amsterdamumc.nl / tel. +31 (0)20 - 566 6885

      More information:

      From the course coordinator or AMC Graduate School / graduateschool@amc.uva.nl / room E2-172 / tel. +31 (0)20 - 566 4618.


      AMC Graduate School
      E-mail: graduateschool@amc.uva.nl
      Tel: +31 (0)20 - 566 3108