Postdoctoral researcher in high-throughput transcriptomics

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Postdoctoral researcher in high-throughput transcriptomics

Closing Date

Thursday, 28 February, 2019
Reference: 289_LS_TFG_R2
Job title: Postdoctoral researcher in high-throughput transcriptomics


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 500 staff from 44 countries.

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Context And Mission
The candidate will join Marta Melé’s Transcriptomics and Functional Genomics lab within the Life Sciences Department at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC). The lab is interested in understanding how the information encoded in our genome determines gene expression variation across all cell types in our body. We ultimately want to understand how these expression changes in both coding and non-coding genes are associated with specific disease states. Expression datasets are accumulating at high speed and development of new and efficient computational tools to extract relevant biological information of large and interrelated data is crucial. Our lab uses novel computational tools and high-throughput functional assays to tackle these questions.
The candidate will lead the analysis of a unique dataset of thousands of human transcriptomes in collaboration with researchers at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. To this end, he/she will develop new tools to analyze expression and splicing variation across human tissues and develop statistical methods to find complex patterns across interrelated samples. Finally, the successful candidate will develop and analyze high throughput functional assays to address the question of how genetic variation alters gene expression and ultimately leads to disease.
Key Duties
  • Conduct cutting-edge research
  • Publish results in high-profile scientific journals and disseminate them at international conferences
  • Collaborate with various international research groups
  • Education
    • PhD in Transcriptomics, Genomics, Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, or related fields
  • Essential Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • Strong publication record
    • Strong programming skills including proficiency in programming with bash, python, R, perl, or similar, and/or experience working in HPC clusters
    • Some experience with Next Generation Sequencing data analysis
  • Competences
    • Capacity to work as a team in a highly collaborative and diverse environment
    • Capacity to contribute to research projects with novel research ideas and analysis
    • Excellent communication skills 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 hours, extensive training plan, tickets restaurant, private health insurance, fully support to the relocation procedures
  • Duration: Temporary - One year 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: January 2019 (asap)
Applications Procedure
All applications must include:

  • A motivation letter with a statement of interest, including two contacts for further references - Applications without this document will not be considered

  • A full CV including contact details

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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