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Staff Scientist in the Comparative Bioinformatics Lab

Staff Scientist in the Comparative Bioinformatics 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 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).

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The role 

The group is seeking for a highly motivated candidate to join as a staff scientist. Integrated in a senior research group, Staff Scientists support the research of the group, while having a degree of scientific independence to lead their own research line (i.e. co‐mentoring of PhD students, being senior authors in publications and applying for grants). As Faculty Members, Staff Scientists are evaluated every 4 years by an external committee composed of SAB and ad‐hoc members in the framework of the Programme’s evaluation.

The candidate should have a very strong interest in the development of phylogenetic methods, she/he should also be willing to develop novel areas of research within the lab, especially with respect to viral evolution and evolutionary based analysis of cancer data. The work associated with the position is expected to be purely in-silico.

About the lab

The lab is a relatively small – about ten members – interdisciplinary and highly collaborative structure. We specialize in the development of comparative methods for genomics data but also have a strong interest in the development of behavioural data comparisons and analysis. Two of our most visible output have been the T-Coffee multiple aligners and the Nextflow pipeline language. 

Whom would we like to hire? 

Professional experience

Must Have

  • You have over 20 years of experience in the development of method
  • You have a strong background in algorithmic developments
  • You have a strong background in mathematics
  • You have proven experience in successfully managing scientific projects

Desirable but not required/ Nice to have

  • You have track record at organizing scientific events

Education and training

  • You hold a PhD in science


  • You are fluent in English

Technical skills

  • You have a state of the art understanding of phylogenetic tree algorithms


  • You have highly developed organization skills
  • You are autonomous
  • You work in a cooperative way

The Offer – Working Conditions

  • Contract duration: 5 years
  • Estimated annual gross salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and consistent with our pay scales.
  • Target start date: January, 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. Cedric Notredame.
  2. A complete CV including contact details.
  3. Contact details of two referees.

All applications must be addressed to Dr. Cedric Notredame 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 August 3rd, 2020.