Postdoctoral Fellow
Location:EMBL-EBI Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category:Postdoctoral Fellow
Contract Duration:2 years
Grading:Year 1 stipend (monthly salary starting at £2,562.14 after tax)
Closing Date:16 April 2017
Reference Number:EBI_00911

Job Description

The Gerstung group is looking for a highly talented postdoctoral researcher to contribute to their research in computational cancer biology.

Research in the group includes large-scale international projects such as the ICGC PanProstate consortium utilising cloud computing to enhance our understanding of prostate cancer. Other streams of research cover the genomic, epigenomic and transcriptomic analysis of precancerous lesions in different tumour types, which are conducted in collaboration with the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the University of Cambridge.

EMBL-EBI is part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and it is a world-leading bioinformatics centre providing biological data to the scientific community with expertise in data storage, analysis and representation. EMBL-EBI provides freely available data from life science experiments, performs basic research in computational biology and offers an extensive user training programme, supporting researchers in academic and industry. We have close ties with both the University of Cambridge and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.

Qualifications and Experience

You hold a PhD and have a proven track record in quantitative science, combined with a desire to work on biomedical research questions. Specific experience with genomic and transcriptomic data analysis would be a plus. A key ability is to work with large volumes of biological data using scientific programming languages. This ability would ideally be building on coursework in mathematics, statistics, physics, computer science or related fields.

The ideal candidate has an open mindset, desire to break new grounds with their research and is keen to work in a collaborative environment. Familiarity with experimental protocols of genome sequencing or laser capture micro dissection could also be beneficial.


EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation.

We have an informal culture, international working environment and excellent professional development opportunities but one of the really amazing things about us is the concentration of technical and scientific expertise – something you probably won’t find anywhere else.

If you’ve ever visited the campus you’ll have experienced first-hand our friendly, collegial and supportive atmosphere, set in the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside. Our staff also enjoy excellent sports facilities including a gym, a free shuttle bus, an on-site nursery, cafés and restaurant and a library.

Application Instructions

To apply please submit a covering letter and CV, with two referees, through our online system.

Additional Information

Applications are welcome from all nationalities - visa information will be discussed in more depth with applicants selected for interview.

EMBL-EBI is committed to achieving gender balance and strongly encourages applications from women, who are currently under-represented at all levels. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

The initial contract is for a period of two years with the possibility of a fixed-term extension.

Applications will close at 23:00 GMT on the date listed above.