Bioinformaticians EGA

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 April 2021, the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) received the renewal of the 'HR Excellence in Research' logo 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

We are seeking talented bioinformaticians with experience in handling large scale genomics-based projects, genome-wide association studies as well as handling associated metadata to work in European Commission funded projects. The primary goal of the job would be to participate in projects ongoing at EGA (European Genome-Phenome Archive, ( related to datasets analyses, data quality checks, data harmonization and Elixir Beacon implementation on genomics datasets.

About the EGA

The EGA (European Genome-Phenome Archive, is a resource for permanent secure archiving and sharing of all types of potentially identifiable bio-molecular, phenotypic, and clinical data resulting from biomedical research projects. We host more than 16 petabytes of data, that includes more than 3700 studies and 8600 datasets. The EGA, co-managed by the CRG ( and the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI,, is an active partner in numerous international and national projects and contributes to establishing international standards in genomics and health research. Currently, the EGA is involved in many precision medicine initiatives and projects and looks forward to providing advanced services for that research community. The EGA team at CRG is a diverse group (currently 20 people and steadily growing) composed of bioinformaticians, developers and scientists from various backgrounds. The EGA is a Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH, driver project, an ELIXIR ( Core Data Resource and Recommended Deposition Repository, as well as an ELIXIR Spain ( service. In Barcelona, the EGA is based at the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB, and receives support from the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC, and the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF,

Whom would we like to hire?

Professional experience

Must Have

- You have a strong background in Bioinformatics applied to human data
- You have experience with large-scale data analysis (e.g. genome-wide association studies or population genomics) using genetic and phenotypic datasets (preferably hands-on experience working with large datasets such as UK Biobank)
- You have experience in managing, processing, performing quality control and analysis of large amounts of Next Generation Sequencing
- You have experience in pipeline development using bioinformatic tools

Desirable but not required/ Nice to have

- You have knowledge of querying databases: SQL, ElasticSearch, MongoDB, Neo4J, etc. Having database management experience is a major plus
- You have experience in Data Curation (genomics, experimental or clinical metadata), Quality checks, Data mining and harmonization
- You have experience in supervised & unsupervised machine-learning algorithms, Data analytics
- You have experience in working with REST API’s for application and services integration
- Understanding of the FAIR principles
- Experience in health data standards (OMOP, FHIR, …)

Education and training

- You hold a Master’s in Bioinformatics (or similar discipline), or a strong equivalent working experience


- You are fluent in English
- Spanish and/or Catalan would be considered a plus


- You are an independent thinker
- You are accurate and detail-oriented
- You have effective written and oral communication skills
- You are a team player

The Offer – Working Conditions

- Contract duration: open-ended contract for scientific-technical activities linked to project duration
- Weekly schedule: full-time or part-time position, to be agreed with the candidate
- 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.

Application Procedure

All applications must include:

1. A motivation letter addressed to Mr. Jordi Rambla.
2. A complete CV including contact details.
3. Contact details of two referees.

All applications must be addressed to Mr. Jordi Rambla and be submitted online on the CRG Career site -

Selection Process

- Pre-selection: 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 People 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, 2023.

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