To reinforce our team we are seeking a PhD position.
Doctoral (PhD) Position in Computational Biology


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About the position

The Genomics and Health Informatics group at the Idiap Research Institute in Martigny (Switzerland) is looking for a PhD student to join a project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation on “Investigating the role of cytoplasmic intronic sequences in ALS pathogenesis”.  The student will work together with a postdoc. Additional funding for consumables, computing, and to attend international conferences is available.

About the project

We are seeking a highly motivated, ambitious and talented candidate to join our efforts in identifying early mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative disorders. The doctoral student will develop computational, machine learning and statistical methods to high content transcriptomic data and combine these with large scale microscopy data to investigate the impact of aberrant mRNA metabolism (alternative splicing and polyadenylation) on the developmental trajectories of motor neurons and astrocytes during early ALS pathogenesis. Experimental validation of key findings (protein fluorescent microscopy, smFISH, etc) will be performed in the Human Stem Cells and Neurodegeneration Laboratory (Prof. Rickie Patani) from the Francis Crick Institute (London) through which we have access to high-quality data (iCLIP, transcriptomic, cellular imaging).

About our group

The Genomics and Health Informatics group develops computational models and statistical methods to interpret large-scale longitudinal data (e.g. transcriptomics, clinical, cellular imaging) to address biological questions related to human disorders. We seek to produce top notch science and foster the development of outstanding, independent scientists through nurturing mentorship and interdisciplinary, collaborative efforts. The group is an associated member of the National Center of Competence and Research (NCCR) RNA and Disease. The group is also part of the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, offering various training possibilities as well as networking opportunities within the Swiss bioinformatics community.

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The Idiap Research Institute

The successful candidate will join the vibrant Idiap research community of experts in artificial intelligence (AI).  Idiap is a research institute affiliated with the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and Geneva University that offers an interactive environment in which you can broaden your horizon, develop new ideas and your independence, and grow as a scientist and a professional. The student will be a member of the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics. 

The student will belong to the  Lemanic Doctoral School of Neurosciences and to the PhD training network of the SIB. Idiap is located in Valais in the heart of the Alps ( with nature on its doorstep and urban centers easily accessible thanks to an established transport network, thus offering an ideal environment for pursuing top research while providing a superior quality of life and the perfect work-life balance. From family-run SMEs to large international groups, as well as from start-ups to innovative projects, Valais’s flourishing economy offers stimulating career prospects.

Profile requirements
  • Master’s degree in bioinformatics, computational biology, or a related field
  • Strong mathematical and computational skills
  • Good level in at least one programming languages' 
  • Proactivity and excellent analytical, communication, and organizational skills
  • Ability to work both independently and within collaborative teams productively Candidates do not necessarily have to have a biological background but should have a strong desire to directly work with experimental biologists
  • Good knowledge of English.
Workplace: Idiap Research Institute, Martigny
Employer: Idiap Research Institute

Start date: 01 September 2022 

How to apply
If you are interested in this challenging and highly interesting position, please apply here