Postdoctoral Researcher (ref. PD/17/09)

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: PD/17/09

  • Deadline for applications: 23/11/2017

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
Thursday, November 23, 2017
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IRB Barcelona seeks a motivated Postdoctoral Researcher (computational) to work in the Genome Data Science Laboratory (Dr. F. Supek).

The group aims to attract a computational biologist to work on an ERC-funded project “HYPER-INSIGHT”, which deals with large-scale statistical analyses of genomic, transcriptomic and epigenomic big data. Our goal is to gain an understanding of the mechanisms behind mutational processes that shape the genomes of human tumors. In specific, we’re interested in how DNA repair failures may result in mutation patterns that are evident in genomes of certain tumors. Moreover, we will explore how such genomic patterns may signal new translational opportunities for personalized cancer therapy.

For more information, please refer to the Genome Data Science web site at  

Relevant recent publications:

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-Feb-2018 although it is possible to start before or after that date.

  • Perform excellent, high-impact computational biology research that aligns with the interests of the Genome Data Science lab
  • Plan, design, carry out and interpret statistical analyses of massive genomic, epigenomic and drug screening data sets.
  • Develop and maintain software, web servers and databases
  • Present in group and institutional meetings, contribute to manuscripts, mentor junior researchers, attend international conferences and collaborate with other groups in IRB and elsewhere

Must Have – Required

  • Highly motivated, enthusiastic applicants that hold a PhD (or are about to receive one) of any educational background are welcome to apply for this position
  • A solid computational skill set is essential
  • Good level of spoken English would be required


It would be helpful but not necessary to have one or more of the following:  

  • experience with multivariate data analysis / statistical techniques and software (e.g. R or pandas/SciKit-Learn or Weka)
  • a strong publication track record
  • experience in working with bioinformatics tools and large genomic data set;
  • PhD in a relevant subject area (Computational Biology, Population Genetics, Comparative Genomics)
  • 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.
  • Training and Career: Postdoctoral researchers joining IRB Barcelona gain access to the Institute’s advanced research training and career development opportunities, all within in a competitive international environment. Courses and workshops on themes of particular interest to postdocs are offered regularly by the Institute.
  • International environment: Nearly 100 Postdoctoral researchers, most than a half of them are non-Spanish nationals, are currently working toward their research at IRB Barcelona.