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Software Engineer (VEIS-RISC3CAT)

Software Engineer (VEIS-RISC3CAT)

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 is composed by an interdisciplinary, motivated and creative scientific team which is supported both by a flexible and efficient administration and by high-end and innovative technologies.

In November 2013, the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) received 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).

Please, check out our Recruitment Policy

The role

Our lab is recruiting a software engineer to work in a RIS3CAT-funded project aiming the valorization of the European Genome-phenome Archive (EGA) for Industry and Society (VEIS). The duties of the engineer will involve taking part in collaborative medical/personal/functional genomics projects for the benefit of public health and society (including benchmarking, processing and analysing omics tools/datasets) as well as disseminating the open ecosystem of computational biomedical technologies through training, courses and dissemination activities. More specifically, we are looking for a software engineer to work at the interface with GA4GH, developing applications that are GA4GH compliant and working in the direct development of RNA and annotation related GA4CH APIs. If possible, we would also like the candidate to be involved in research in data ethics.

About the lab

The overarching theme of the research in our lab is the understanding of the information encoding in genomic sequences, and how this information is processed in the pathway leading from DNA to protein sequences. More specifically, we are interested in the epigenetic regulation of gene expression and RNA processing, the relationship between molecular phenotypes and higher order endophenotypes and organismal phenotypes, and the identification of functional regions on the genome of all living beings. Our group is mostly computational, and we do both large-scale data analysis and development of methods, but it has also an important experimental component. We have participated and participate in many large scale international functional genomics projects, such as ENCODE, GTEx, BluePrint and others.

Whom would we like to hire?

Professional experience

Must Have

  • You have proficiency in Linux
  • You have good ​knowledge of version control systems (Git preferred)
  • You have proven experience in​ one or more programming languages (e.g. Python, Java, Go, C)
  • You have expertise with web servers and databases

Desirable but not required/ Nice to have

  • You have previous experience with web frameworks

Education and training

  • You hold a Phd a BsC/Msc/PhD in computer science, Bioinformatics or related.


  • You are fluent in English

Technical skills

  • You have good understanding of web API and knowledge of related technologies (e.g. OpenAPI, RESTful)
  • You have good knowledge of back end development
  • You have a good knowledge of front end development (e.g. HTML5, CSS, Javascript)
  • You have knowledge of advanced front end libraries and tools (e.g. React, Less, Webpack)


  • You have an open personality and are capable to easily interact with people of different scientific backgrounds
  • You have good learning skills
  • You have a problem-solving attitude
  • You are a reliable, a motivated and curios person

The Offer – Working Conditions

  • Contract duration: Until December 2021 with possibility of extension until December 2022.
  • Estimated annual gross salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and consistent with our pay scales.
  • Target start date: As soon as possible.

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, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity.

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. Roderic Guigó.
  2. A complete CV including contact details.
  3. Contact details of two referees.

All applications must be addressed to Dr. Roderic Guigó 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 March 5th, 2021.

Suggestions: The CRG believes in ongoing improvement and promotes a culture of feedback. This is one of the reasons we have in place, at your disposal as a candidate, a mechanism to gather your suggestions/complaints concerning your candidate experience in our recruitment processes. Your feedback really matters to us in our aim at creating a positive candidate journey. You can make a difference and help us improve by letting us know your suggestions through the following form.

Projecte cofinançat pel FEDER en el marc del Programa Operatiu de Catalunya 2014-2020.

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