Bioinformatics Research Assistant (ref. LAB/17/10)

IRB Barcelona is a self-standing, non-profit institution devoted to basic and applied biomedical research. It was set up in 2005 jointly by the Government of Catalonia and the University of Barcelona and is located at the Barcelona Science Park. The institute currently has more than 430 members (scientific, technical and administrative staff) from all over the world, who work across disciplines to advance research in the biomedical sciences.

How to apply: 

Applications for the above opening should include a CV (highlighting 1-3 publications and explaining the candidate’s contribution to each), motivation letter and contact information of potential referees and should be sent by e-mail to:
Reference: LAB/17/10

Deadline for applications: 30/01/2018

When the applicants do not fit the requirements, the deadline will be able to be extended.

Number of positions available: 1

Selection process:

  • Pre-selection: Will be based on CV, motivation letter and experience.
  • Interviews: Short-listed candidates will be interviewed.
  • Offered Position: Job Offer will be sent to the successful candidate after the interview.
Open Positions
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Attached File: 

IRB Barcelona seeks an experienced Bioinformatician to work in the Genome Data Science Laboratory
(Dr. Fran Supek)
at the Structural and Computational Biology Programme at the IRB Barcelona.

The group aims to attract a Bioinformatics Research Assistant to work on an ERC-funded project “HYPER-INSIGHT”, which deals with large-scale statistical analyses of genomic, transcriptomic and epigenomic data originating from human tumors, with the goal of discovering new opportunities for treatment of cancer.
The role of the Bioinformatics Officer will focus on the provision of broad, state-of-the-art bioinformatics and biostatistics analysis to support research in the Genome Data Science group. In particular, this will involve applying bioinformatics tools to obtain and process genomic, transcriptomic and epigenomic data. Moreover we want to develop of customized bioinformatics pipelines for analysis and interpretation of DNA sequencing data and apply it to new genomes that will be sequenced in the lab.
There is a possibility that the Bioinformatics Research Assistant may develop their own research projects, if they wish to do so and if the projects fit within the general interests of the lab (for more information, please refer to the Genome Data Science web site at ).

The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance; the initial contract is for 1 year with a possibility of extension. Anticipated starting date is 01-Mar-2018 although it is possible to start before or after that date.


- Provision of broad, state-of-the art bioinformatics and genomics analysis to support research in the Genome Data Science group
- Apply bioinformatics software tools to obtain and process -omic data and moreover development of custom bioinformatics pipelines for analysis and interpretation of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) data
- Assist in administering the group’s computing infrastructure (Synology storage systems, Linux workstations/server)
- Administer the group’s repositories of genome data and of computer code



Must Have – Required

  • Experience: One year or more experience in working with bioinformatics tools and large genomic data sets (preferably mammalian)
  • Knowledge: MSc or PhD in a computer science or bioinformatics-related field. Applicants should be enthusiastic about working on an cutting-edge scientific research project
  • Skills: Ability to work independently and interact well within an international team environment consisting of researchers of diverse career stages (students, postdocs) and backgrounds (life scientists, computer scientists)
  • Languages: A solid level of spoken English is required


  • Experience: experience with multivariate data analysis / statistical techniques and software (e.g. R or pandas/SciKit-Learn or Weka or similar)
  • Knowledge: PhD in a relevant subject area (Computational Biology, Population Genetics, Comparative Genomics)
  • Skills: Linux system administration skills


  • Working conditions: Employed in compliance with Spanish legislation and regulations under a full-time contract. Employees receive the benefits of the Spanish Social Security system covering sickness, maternity/paternity leaves and injuries at work. Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.
  • International Environment: The opportunity to join a prestigious international research institution and become a member of an established research group.
  • Continuous training in a high-quality environment.