PhD fellowship Position at the Evolutionary Genomics Group

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University Pompeu Fabra (UPF)


The Evolutionary Genomics group of Mar Albà is seeking a candidate to do a PhD in Computational Genomics in our group at the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB). The funding is available from Oct 2019, through a grant from the Spanish Science Ministry which includes an FPI PhD fellowship. The student will be enrolled in the Universitat Pompeu Fabra Doctorate Programme in Biomedicine and is expected to complete the PhD in 4 years.

The PhD project involves using genomic and high throughput RNA sequencing data to investigate the mechanisms of formation of new genes in different groups of organisms. The student is expected to have a degree in Biological Sciences or a related subject. Experience with the statistical package R and a programming language will be an advantage.

We are part of the Research Programme in Biomedical Informatics (GRIB) at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) and Hospital del Mar Reserach Institute (IMIM). The lab is located in the fourth floor of the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB), a vibrant Research Center that includes a large community of researchers working in bioinformatics and genomics.

Project and Institution that finance the contract

This work is supported by grants from the Agencia Estatal de Investigación-FEDER (PGC2018-094091-B-100), M. ALBA/G.DE CONOCIMIENTO-18.

Representative publications:

  • Ruiz-Orera, J., Albà, M.M. (2019) Translation of small ORFs: roles in regulation and evolutionary innovation. Trends in Genetics, Vol. 35, 186-198.
  • Ruiz-Orera, J., Grau-Verdaguer, P., Villanueva-Cañas, J-L., Messeguer, X., Albà, M.M. (2018) Translation of neutrally evolving peptides provides a basis for de novo gene evolution. Nature Ecology and Evolution, vol. 2: 890 - 896.


Information on the application process:  Send CV to with a short motivation letter and academic record. The evaluation of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a suitable candidate has been found.

Deadline to submit applications: June 14th 2019


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