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Postdoctoral Researcher in the Design of Biological Systems Lab

Postdoctoral Researcher in the Design of Biological Systems Lab

The Institute

The Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) is 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 April 2021, the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) received the renewal of the 'HR Excellence in Research' Award 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).

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The role

We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to push forward clinical applications of ongoing translational projects in the group related to immune system modulation and/or cancer. This role will require a mix of experimental (wet lab) and computational (dry lab) work, which will be conducted in interdisciplinary teams with other lab members in a highly collaborative environment. You will also be responsible for supervision of one or more younger researchers in the team (e.g. MS/PhD students).

About the team

In our group we are aiming at a quantitative understanding of biological systems to an extent that one is able to predict systemic features and with the hope to rationally design and modify their behaviour. This applies to any system comprising biological components that is more than the mere sum of its components, or, in other words, the addition of the individual components results in systemic properties that could not be predicted by considering the components individually. By achieving this objective, we are aiming at new global understanding and treatment of human diseases in which the target will not be a single molecule but a network. For this purpose in our group, we develop on one hand new software and theoretical approximations to understand complex systems and on the other we do experiments to validate our predictions.

Whom would we like to hire?

Professional experience

Must Have

• You have experience with and interest in mentoring younger researchers (e.g. MS/PhD students)

Desirable but not required/ Nice to have

• You have expertise in immunology and/or cancer biology
• You have experience with protein structural visualization/modelling software (e.g. YASARA, FoldX)
• You have experience or interest in working with animal models would be desirable

Education and training

• You hold a PhD in biology/pharmacology/systems biology or another relevant field, with 0+ years of postdoctoral experience


• You are fluent in English

Technical skills

• You have strong skills in mammalian cell culture and common molecular/cellular biology techniques (e.g. DNA/RNA extraction, cloning, PCR/qPCR, Western blot, immunofluorescence)
• You have basic computational skills (e.g. Microsoft Office, GraphPad Prism); experience with more advanced bioinformatic tools (e.g. Python/R, omics data analysis) would be desirable


• You have the ability and desire to work in interdisciplinary teams
• You have excellent scientific communication skills (demonstrated abilities in manuscript and grant writing, conference presentations, etc.)
• You have highly developed organizational and interpersonal skills

The Offer – Working Conditions

Contract duration: 2 years, with possibility of extension up to 5 years in total.
Estimated annual gross salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and consistent with our pay scales.
Target start date: November 1st 2021.

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 Luis Serrano.
2. A complete CV including contact details.
3. Contact details of two referees.

All applications must be addressed to Dr. Luis Serrano 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 July 11th, 2021.

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