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Postdoctoral Fellow

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Location: Rome - Italy
Salary: Competitive salary
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 21st March 2019
Closes: 29th April 2019
Job Ref: RM00077

About the team/job

The Boulard and Gross Groups are seeking to recruit a Postdoctoral Fellow in bioinformatics with a strong interest in epigenomics and transcriptomics to lead the analysis of large-scale “omic” datasets generated in the frame of a project at the interface of epigenetics and neuroscience.

This project combines the expertise of the Boulard and Gross groups in chromatin biology and neural circuits, respectively, to explore the cell-type specific interplay between transcription factors and the brain epigenome. The successful applicant will be embedded in a collaborative team of molecular biologists, biochemists, and neuroscientists.

Your role

The person appointed will be responsible for the computational analyses of large-scale epigenomic and transcriptomic datasets, including:

1) developing methods and pipelines to analyze CutnRun and DAP-seq data sets, and

2) integrating, comparing, mining, and visualizing “omic” data sets.

The position involves the development and the implementation of custom analyses in collaboration with wet-lab scientists.

You have

  • PhD degree in Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Mathematics, or related fields.
  • Solid skillset and experience in bioinformatics:
    • Excellent knowledge of R and biostatistics
    • Experience and proven track record in handling NGS datasets and developing analysis pipelines
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills are essential

You might also have

  • Experience with Unix-based environment and high-performance computing cluster environment is not required, but would be considered an advantage.
  • Experience in motif discovery is not required, but would be considered an advantage. 

Why join us

The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organization. The remuneration package comprises a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme, medical, educational and other social benefits. Please note that appointments on fixed term contracts can be renewed, depending on circumstances at the time of the review.

What else do I need to know

EMBL is one of the highest ranked scientific research organizations in the world. We are an international, innovative and interdisciplinary laboratory with more than 1600 employees from many nations, operating across six sites, in Heidelberg (HQ), Barcelona, Hinxton, Hamburg, Grenoble and Rome. The Neurobiology and Epigenetics Unit at EMBL Rome studies mammalian physiology from the molecular to the systems level using the laboratory mouse as a model system. We take advantage of a full range of core facilities, including bioinformatics services and a high-performance computing cluster.

For more information, please see our website at

To apply please submit a cover letter clearly stating your motivation and future research interests/plans and a CV with at least two referees through our online system at

Applications are welcome from all nationalities, appointment will be based on merit alone.

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