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PhD Student - Development of an Integrated Omic Database -Project 3TR

PhD Student - Development of an Integrated Omic Database -Project 3TR

The Institute

The Centro Nacional de AnĂ¡lisis GenĂ³mico (CNAG-CRG) is one of the largest Genome Sequencing Centers in Europe. CNAG-CRG researchers participate in major International Genomic Initiatives such as the International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC), the International Human Epigenome Consortium (IHEC), the International Rare Diseases Research Consortium (IRDiRC) and the European Infrastructure for life-science information (ELIXIR), as well as in several EU-funded projects.

It is integrated with the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), an international biomedical research institute of excellence, based in Barcelona, Spain, with more than 400 scientists from 44 countries. The CRG shares principles of an interdisciplinary, motivated and creative scientific team that is supported by high-end and innovative technologies and a flexible and efficient administration.

In November 2013, the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) received the 'HR Excellence in Research' logo from the European Commission. This is a recognition of the Institute's commitment to developing an HR Strategy for Researchers, designed to bring the practices and procedures in line with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (Charter and Code).

Please, check out our Recruitment Policy

The role

We have an opening for a PhD Student to join the CNAG-CRG Biomedical Genomics Group and participate in the development of an integrated database.  In particular, the student will focus on the development of the new 3TR data platform. 3TR is a new H2020 project under the Innovative Medicines Initiative 2 (IMI2) programme.  The 3TR consortium works towards the identification of the Molecular Mechanisms of non-response to Treatments, Relapses and Remission in Autoimmune, Inflammatory and Allergic Conditions.


  • Evaluate specifications and contribute to architecture design
  • Responsible for the development and maintenance of the 3TR data platform
  • Integrate with other databases and platforms
  • Integrate analysis tools
  • Collaborate with data analysts and software engineers
  • Interact with national and international partners

About the department 

The PhD candidate will be integrated into the Biomedical Genomics Group lead by Dr. Ivo Gut.

Dr. Ivo Gut is the CNAG-CRG director and head of the Biomedical Genomics group. He coordinates the BCLL@las project and the European Advanced Sequencing Infrastructure project (EASI-Genomics), funded by the European Commission. Dr. Ivo Gut participates in H2020 projects B-CAST, SPIDIA-4P, ELIXIR-ACCELERATE, SOLVE-RD, EJP-RD and EuCanCan. In addition, the CNAG-CRG participates in major Spanish initiatives in Personalized Medicine such as the PERIS projects MedPERCAN and URDCat, the 1,000 Catalan Genomes project, and the Navarra project on personalized medicine. The Biomedical Genomics Group focusses on furthering the understanding of diseases using different types of genomic data, novel statistical approaches and bioinformatics. Big data approaches are used to identify patterns on genome, transcriptome and epigenome level that correlate with a disease and the evolution across the course of the disease. The objective is to answer questions that go beyond the initial hypotheses that underlay the studies to shed light on how genome sequence, structure and usage relates to disease, disease initiation, disease progression and disease mechanisms. The group also studies genomic features related to disease at different cellular levels. The disease areas range from rare to common disorders including cancer.

Web: https://www.cnag.crg.eu/teams/genome-research-unit/biomedical-genomics-group

Whom would we like to hire? 

Professional experience

Must Have

  • You have at least 2 years of working experience as SW engineer or similar role in Unix operating systems
  • You have experience with software control version

Desirable but not required/ Nice to have

  • You have experience in advanced database design

Education and training

  • You hold a BSc or higher in Software Engineering, Information Technology, Computer Science or similar


  • You are proficient in English (spoken and written)

Technical skills

  • You have experience with at least one of these programming languages (Python, Scala, Java, clojure, groovy, javascript)


  • You have highly developed organization skills
  • You are proactive and team worker

The Offer – Working Conditions

  • Contract duration: 4 years PhD Position
  • Estimated annual gross salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and consistent with our pay scales.
  • Target start date: 15th July 2020

We provide a highly stimulating environment with state-of-the-art infrastructures, and unique professional career development opportunities. To check out our training and development portfolio, please visit our website in the training section.

We offer and promote a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applicants regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation.

The CRG is committed to reconcile a work and family life of its employees and are offering extended vacation period and the possibility to benefit from flexible working hours.

Application Procedure

All applications must include:

  1. A motivation letter addressed to Dr. Ivo Gut
  2. A complete CV including contact details
  3. Contact details of two referees

All applications must be addressed to Dr. Ivo Gut and be submitted online through the "Apply" button below.

Selection Process

  • Pre-selection: The pre-selection process will be based on qualifications and expertise reflected on the candidates CVS. It will be merit-based.
  • Interview: Preselected candidates will be interviewed by the Hiring Manager of the position and a selection panel if required.
  • Offer Letter: Once the successful candidate is identified the Human Resources department will send a Job Offer, specifying the start day, salary, working conditions, among other important details.

Deadline: Please submit your application by 7th July 2020.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 824110.

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