PhD Student at the Social and Host-Microbiome Systems Lab

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 18 Oct 2022

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 ' Award 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 looking for a PhD student to join our team and investigate how traits of one individual can be influenced by the genes of their social partners (so-called “indirect genetic effects” or “social genetic effects”, recently discovered in laboratory rodents and humans). Such indirect genetic effects can be mediated by behavioural interactions between individuals or by the exchange of commensal microbes between social partners. The exact project will be chosen together with the selected candidate based on their background and interests, but will be in the broad field of quantitative/statistical/population genetics, be computational in nature and involve advanced statistics and programming.

About the team

Our team is a multidisciplinary team with a love of science. We are pioneering research in the fields of quantitative/statistical/population genetics and in the field of the microbiome. Our research questions are described on our group page:

Our team is currently composed of two PhD students, a lab manager, an intern and the group leader; it will grow a little over the next year. The team is highly inclusive; we value diversity because it makes research and life richer.

Whom would we like to hire?

Professional experience

Must Have

• We have training in both [biology or agronomy] and [mathematics, physics or computer science], or with training in one discipline and a demonstrated interest in the other

Desirable but not required/ Nice to have

• You have relevant research experience (e.g. internship)

Education and training

• You hold a Master’s Degree


• You are proficient in English, French or Spanish


• You are a team player
• You have initiative
• You are able to work independently

The Offer – Working Conditions

• Contract duration: 4-year FPI fellowship linked to the duration of the project, with the possibility of an early start.
• Estimated annual gross salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and consistent with our pay scales.
• Target start date: Within 3 months of FPI fellowship approval.

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 Dr Amelie Baud.
2. A complete CV including contact details.
3. Contact details of two referees.

All applications must be addressed to Dr. Amelie Baud and be submitted online on the "Apply" button below.

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 asked to pass a written test. Those passing the thresholds will be interviewed by Amelie Baud and the CRG Graduate Committee in September.

₋ Offer Letter: Once the successful candidate is identified the Human Resources department will send a Job Offer, specifying the start day, salary, working conditions, among other important details.

Deadline: Please submit your application by October 18th 2022.

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