Research Engineer (RE1)

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Research Engineer (RE1)

Closing Date

Saturday, 31 August, 2019
Reference: 213_19_LS_TFGL_RE1
Job title: Research Engineer (RE1)


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, and is a hosting member of the PRACE European distributed supercomputing infrastructure. 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 600 staff from 49 countries.

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Context And Mission
The group of Computational Genomics at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center is intensively involved in developing and applying tools for personalized diagnosis, prevention and treatment protocols for health. This activity takes place within the BSC, which hosts one of the largest supercomputers in Europe: the Marenostrum, around which we develop HPC-based tools, as well as tools linked to other technologies and architectures, like GPUs and GPFAs. Among the major scientific achievements, we can highlight the design of the SMuFin software for the fast identification of somatic variants in cancer genomes, and its application for the analysis of chromosomal alterations in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia genomes. These, and other related activities, have now positioned our center among the top computing institutions in the world involved in the analysis of disease genomes (some selected publications: Puente et al, Nature 2011; Moncunill et al, Nature Biotech. 2014; Bønnelykke, et al Nature Genetics, 2014; Puente et al, Nature 2015; Horikoshi, et al Nature 2016; Heyn H, et al, Genome Biol. 2016). Among others, the BSC is also actively contributing to the design and establishment of a new medical and computational frame based on personalized and genomic-based clinical protocols within the public healthcare systems of Catalunya and Spain. All this activity is carried out within a dynamic and multidisciplinary group that cover biomedical, biological and computer expertise, as well as strong collaborations with different hospitals and other centers.

From our group, we open two positions for technicians with a bioinformatics or computer-related background for the design and development of software integrated solutions for the analysis of disease genomes in close collaboration with biological and biomedical colleagues. This activity will be carried out in the context of a pilot project that will set up basic protocols to be used in research and in the health care system for the analysis of cancer genomes.

The candidate will be part of a subgroup in charge of the development of pipelines and software solutions in the context of HPC for the analysis of genomic data. This involves the handling of thousands of genomic sequences and biomedical data, which offers a great opportunity to enter and evolve within the expanding field of Bioinformatics and Biomedicine, which currently have strong computational needs and provides many interesting challenges.
We will give priority to highly motivated, persistent and proactive candidates with a computer-related background and with the ambition to develop his/her carrier around the field of computational genomics and biomedicine.
More information about the group and the activity can be found at: and

Additional comment:
Estas vacantes serán financiadas por el proyecto "Functional and Clinical Impact of Genomic Analysis in CLL" (PMP15/00007), integrado en el Plan Estatal de I+D+I y cofinanciado por el ISCIII-Subdirección General de Evaluación y el Fondo Europeo de Desarrollo Regional (FEDER-"Una manera de hacer Europa").
Key Duties
  • Research and benchmarking of bioinformatics tools that meet the analysis needs of the group and collaborative projects
  • Benchmarking of bioinformatic tools
  • Development and automation of genomic data analysis pipelines in HPC environments
  • Evaluation, interpretation and integration of the results
  • Education
    • Diploma/Bachelor degree in Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, Biotechnology or related discipline
  • Essential Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • Knowledge of UNIX/Linux environments
    • Experience with some of the following: Scripting languages: Perl, Python, Bash, R
  • Additional Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • Knowledge of bioinformatics/cancer genomics
    • Experience in high performance computing
    • Knowledge or experience in Machine Learning
  • Competences
    • Fluency in spoken and written English
  • The position will be located at BSC within the Life Sciences Department
  • We offer a full-time contract, a good working environment, a highly stimulating environment with state-of-the-art infrastructure, flexible working hours, extensive training plan, tickets restaurant, private health insurance, fully support to the relocation procedures
  • Duration: Temporary - 6 months renewable
  • 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: 01/09/2019
Applications Procedure

All applications must include:

  • A motivation letter with a statement of interest in English, including two contacts for further references - Applications without this document will not be considered
  • A full CV including contact details in English
The vacancy will remain open until suitable candidate has been hired. Applications will be regularly reviewed and potential candidates will be contacted.
Diversity and Equal Opportunity Employment
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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