Software Engineer PRECISIONTOX

Centre / Institution:
Center for Genomic Regulation
Bioinformatics expertise:
Biomedical Informatics

Job description

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).

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The role

Our group is involved in the PrecisionTox aiming to establish a new, cost-effective testing paradigm for chemical safety assessment - Precision Toxicology. Among other tasks within this project, our group at the CRG is involved in the Data Management Plan. The DMP will develop the data infrastructure that will incorporate the outputs from the different PrecisionTox workpackages and establish systematic links to critical outside resources such as model organism databases and external pathway and toxicology sources.

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 participate and participate in many large scale international functional genomics projects, such as ENCODE, GTEx, BluePrint and others.

Desired skills and expertise

Professional experience

Must Have

  • You have broad experience working on Linux/Unix

  • You have broad experience in writing, testing and deploying computational pipelines

  • You have good experience working with Next Generation Sequencing data

  • You have good experience working in HPC Cluster or Cloud Computing environments

  • You have a strong background in statistical and Machine Learning methods

Education and training

  • You hold a MSc (and extensive experience)/PhD in computer science, bioinformatics or related fields


  • You are fluent in English

Technical skills

  • You have excellent knowledge of Linux systems

  • You have deep knowledge of scripting languages, e.g. Bash, Awk, Python, Perl

  • You have deep knowledge of one or more programming languages, e.g. C, Java, Groovy, Go, D

  • You have good knowledge of distributed computing

  • You have good knowledge of data management and databases

  • You have knowledge of DSL systems

  • You have experience in front end development


  • You have organizational skills

  • You have both the capacity to work independently and in a team

  • You are a reliable, motivated and curios person

Contract duration and other benefits

  • Contract duration: One-year contact with the possibillity of extension until the end of the project (December 2025)

  • 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.

Required information and contact

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 on the CRG Career site -

Selection Process

  • Pre-selecion: 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 31st, 2021.

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