Population genetics / Genetic epidemiology / Bioinformatics PhD

Centre / Institution:
Center for Genomic Regulation
Bioinformatics expertise:
Biomedical Informatics, Biostatistics, Population Genetics

Job description

The CNAG-CRG is one of the major Genome Sequencing Centers in Europe. It is integrated in the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), an international biomedical research institute of excellence classified in the 9th position (Q1 indicator, Health sector) by the SCImago Institution Rankings (SIR) World Report 2014.

The CNAG-CRG is actively involved in collaborative research projects on a number of specific topics: Disease Gene Identification, Cancer Genomics, Genomics of Infectious Diseases, Model Organism Genomics and Synthetic Biology Genomics of Model Organisms. The 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.

We offer a PhD position to work at the CNAG-CRG on the analysis of whole-exome sequencing and GWAS data to evaluate the role of common and rare genetic variants as possible contributors to dimensional scores of ADHD, led by the team leader of Population Genomics Dr Oscar Lao.

The position requires a candidate with high knowledge in bioinformatics, with strong focus on next generation sequencing/exome sequencing. Advance knowledge on population genetics and genetic epidemiology is also desirable. 

Desired skills and expertise


  1. A BSc or MSc degree in Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Bioinformatics or a related field.
  2. An advanced knowledge of at least a high-performance language for numerical computation (C, C++, JAVA, Phyton or Perl), as well as a good working knowledge of statistical packages such as R.
  3. A good working knowledge of Unix systems, in particular large Unix clusters.
  4. Good spoken and written English.
  5. May not have resided or carried out her/his main activity (work, study, etc) for more than 12 months in the last 3 years in Spain at the moment the candidate signs her/his contract.
  6. The candidate should be within the first four years (full-time equivalent) after obtaining her/his BSc or MSc degree.
  7. The candidate must be eligible for a national PhD fellowship.

Contract duration and other benefits

The duration of the contract is for three years

Required information and contact

Application procedure

Interested candidates should submit a CV and a brief statement of experience and interests before the 30th of June to the recruitment portal through the link below: https://recruitment.crg.eu/content/jobs/position/population-geneticsgenetic-epidemiologybioinformatics-phd/apply