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One PhD Position at Anaxomics Biotech/Structural Bioinformatics Lab

On network-based machine learning and graph theory algorithms

Location: Anaxomics Biotech SL, and The Structural Bioinformatics Laboratory (SBI), Pompeu Fabra University (UPF), Barcelona, Spain               

Supervisors: Dr. Judith Farrés, Dr. José Manuel Mas, Dr. Baldo Oliva

Length of appointment: 36 months (3 years)

Indicative Starting date: January - May 2018

Type of Contract: temporary

Hours per week: ...40

Financing: DRIVE (Driving next generation autophagy researchers towards translation) is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action (MSCA), Innovative Training Network (ITN) H2020-MSCA-ITN-2017, funded by the European Commission under Grant Agreement n. 765912.

Scientific topic

The PhD student will design, develop and validate new innovations in network data analysis and extend its application for autophagy research. The candidate will exploit and extend the capabilities of systems biology approaches developed by Anaxomics for clinical applications. The goal of this project is to contribute to the contextual understanding of autophagy in different pathological backgrounds using systems biology based approaches.

Eligibility (who can apply)

Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs).

Eligibility will be checked based on the following cumulative criteria:

a) Applicants Career Stage: Only Early Stage Researchers (ESR) can apply, that is, researchers of any nationality who, at the date of recruitment by the partner of DRIVE [1] have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree and [2] are in the first 4 years of his/her research career, counted from the date he/she obtained the degree that allows him/her to embark in a doctoral degree. 

Date of Recruitment means the first day of the employment of the researcher for the purposes of this project (i.e. the starting date indicated in the employment contract or equivalent direct contract).

b) Mobility: Applicants are required to undertake physical, transnational mobility (i.e. move from one country to another). That is, at the date of recruitment, the researcher must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the partner of DRIVE  he/she is applying for, for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the his/her recruitment under the project.

Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account.

For international European interest organisations or international organisations, recruited researchers must not have spent more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date at the same appointing organisation.

c) Researcher profile:

  • Candidates should have a Master's degree and strong background in computer science, mathematics, physics or similar with a strong interest in molecular biology. 
  • Experience programming in Matlab and/or Python
  • Basic statistical knowledge and/or experience with R
  • Fluent spoken and written English skills

In addition, the following experience would be helpful, but not essential:

  • Experience in systems biology or systems medicine.
  • Experience in big data analysis


Eligible candidates should fill in the application form and upload a cover letter stating their motivation and research interests, an updated CV with the dates of relevant diplomas (day, month and year), and the contact information of 2 referee persons, at Drive recruitment site, select Reference: ESR11/AX in First job field.

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