Master student - Computational Biology

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Master student - Computational Biology

Data de tancament

Diumenge, 30 Juny, 2024
Reference: 261_24_LS_CB_R0
Job title: Master student - Computational Biology

About BSC

The Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS) is the leading supercomputing center in Spain. It houses MareNostrum, one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe, was a founding and hosting member of the former European HPC infrastructure PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe), and is now hosting entity for EuroHPC JU, the Joint Undertaking that leads large-scale investments and HPC provision in Europe. The mission of BSC is to research, develop and manage information technologies in order to facilitate scientific progress. BSC combines HPC service provision and R&D into both computer and computational science (life, earth and engineering sciences) under one roof, and currently has over 900 staff from 55 countries.

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We are particularly interested for this role in the strengths and lived experiences of women and underrepresented groups to help us avoid perpetuating biases and oversights in science and IT research. In instances of equal merit, the incorporation of the under-represented sex will be favoured.

Context And Mission

The Computational Biology Group, led by Prof Alfonso Valencia, in collaboration with the Machine Learning for Biomedical Research Unit, led by Dr Davide Cirillo, is looking for a master's student to work on the use of network science approaches for drug repositioning. The successful candidate will be expected to complete a master’s thesis focused on the detection of disease comorbidties by analizing both omics and non-omics data available in large-scales biomedical resources, and search for new therapeutic uses of commercially available drugs.
The successful candidate will join the Computational Biology group, a dynamic research group within the Life Sciences department, which includes multiple expert scientists that work on various aspects of computational biology, including bioinformatics for genomics, proteomics and transcriptomics data analysis, to computational biochemistry, text mining and network science. The Researcher will work in a highly sophisticated HPC environment, have access to the multiple computational infrastructures available at BSC, and establish collaborations with experts in multiple areas of the Computational Biology research field.

Key Duties

  • Complete a master’s thesis in bioinformatics.
  • Participate in internal group meetings and other scientific discussions.


  • Education
    • Degree in Biomedical Engineering, Bioinformatics or any field related to the application of computational approaches for the analysis of large-scale biomedical data
  • Essential Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • Knowledge in Bioinformatics and computational biology
    • At least +1 year of experience with the R programming language
    • Knowledge of additional programming languages (e.g., Python), and user experience with HPC environments will also be valued.
  • Additional Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • Good fluency in both spoken and written English
  • Competences
    • Good communication and presentation skills
    • Ability to work both independently and within an interdisciplinary team


  • The position will be located at BSC within the Life Sciences Department
  • We offer a part-time contract, a good working environment, a highly stimulating environment with state-of-the-art infrastructure, flexible working hours, extensive training plan, restaurant tickets, private health insurance, support to the relocation procedures
  • Duration: linked to the internship agreement with the university
  • Holidays: 23 paid vacation days plus 24th and 31st of December per our collective agreement
  • Salary: we offer a competitive salary commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the candidate and according to the cost of living in Barcelona
  • Starting date: asap

Applications procedure and process

All applications must be made through BSC website and contain:

  • A full CV in English including contact details
  • A Cover Letter with a statement of interest in English, including two contacts for further references - Applications without this document will not be considered

    In accordance with the OTM-R principles, a gender-balanced recruitment panel is formed for every vacancy at the beginning of the process. After reviewing the content of the applications, the panel will start the interviews, with at least one technical and one administrative interview. A profile questionnaire as well as a technical exercise may be required during the process.

    The panel will make a final decision and all candidates who had contacts with them will receive a feedback with details on the acceptance or rejection of their profile.

    At BSC we are seeking continuous improvement in our recruitment processes, for any suggestions or feedback/complaints about our Recruitment Processes, please contact recruitment [at] bsc [dot] es.

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  • Deadline

    The vacancy will remain open until a suitable candidate has been hired. Applications will be regularly reviewed and potential candidates will be contacted.

    OTM-R principles for selection processes

    BSC-CNS is committed to the principles of the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers of the European Commission and the Open, Transparent and Merit-based Recruitment principles (OTM-R). This is applied for any potential candidate in all our processes, for example by creating gender-balanced recruitment panels and recognizing career breaks etc.
    BSC-CNS is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. We are pleased to consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or any other basis protected by applicable state or local law.
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