PhD Position in Bioinformatics and Genomics

A predoctoral contract to carry out a PhD in Bioinformatics and Genomics is available at the Comparative and Functional Genomics group, located at the Institut de Biotecnologia i de Biomedicina (IBB) of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). The successful candidate will join a dynamic and interdisciplinary team and will collaborate in the research project “On the role of human recurrent mutations in genome function, evolution and diseases”, funded by the Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación.

The PhD project will be focused in the functional consequences of human inversions, a little studied type of genomic variant with potential important effects, and will include the evaluation of novel methods to impute inversions and estimate their association with phenotypic traits and complex diseases taking advantage of available large datasets. The selected candidate is expected to join the new Interuniversity PhD Program in Bioinformatics or the UAB PhD Program in Genetics, which has been awarded with the Mention to Excellence.


We are looking for highly-motivated and talented individuals with interest in science and a Master degree in an area related to Bioinformatics, Genomics or Genetics. Those candidates that are planning to complete their master before or around July 2021 are also encouraged to apply. 


Total duration of contract will be of 4 years with an annual salary of ~18.000 € and the possibility to enjoy a 4th year as postdoctoral researcher with an annual salary of ~19.000 €. Also, there are additional funds to support the student from as early as October 1st 2020 until the start of the contract.

More information of the same contracts from 2019:



To express interest in the position, send an e-mail with a copy of your CV and contact information to Mario Cáceres (mcaceres@icrea.cat).

Application deadline:

Please send expression of interest as soon as possible and before August 31st 2020.

Additional information:

The InvFEST project: https://invfest.uab.cat/

Comparative and Functional Genomics group: http://grupsderecerca.uab.cat/cacereslab/

Recent publications:

  1. Puig et al. Determining the impact of uncharacterized inversions in the human genome by droplet digital PCR. Genome Research 30: 724-735 (2020).
  1. Giner-Delgado, S. Villatoro, J. Lerga-Jaso et al. Evolutionary and functional impact of common polymorphic inversions in the human genome. Nature Communications 10: 4222 (2019).