Postdoctoral position in Text Mining and Natural Language Processing

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IMDEA Food Institute


Call for Postdoctoral Position at IMDEA-Food Institute (Ref. PD2019/011)

The  IMDEA  Food  Institute  (Madrid  Institute for  Advanced  Studies  in  Food)  is  a  research  institution  created  by  the  Madrid  Regional  Government  in  coordination  with  universities,  research  centers  of  Madrid,  and  enterprises.  Constituted  as  a  non-profit  organization  within  the  framework  of  the  IV  Regional  Plan  for  Scientific  Research  and  Technological  Innovation  (IV  PRICIT),  it  is  conceived  -structurally and legally - with the aim of bringing research into society.

IMDEA  Food  Institute  is  committed  to  excellence  in  research  and  to  foster  technology  transfer  to  the  industrial sector in a truly international environment. More information about the research and scope of the activities of IMDEA Food Institute can be found at the institute webpage

Within  this  context,  the  IMDEA  Food  Foundation  launches  this  Call  for  the  recruitment  of  a research technician who wants  to  develop  their  research  career  at  IMDEA  Food  in  Food  and Health  Area,  covering the following position:

The Computational  Biology Group within  the  IMDEA-Food  Institute  is  seeking  for  a  highly  motivated  Postdoctoral  scientist  with  demonstrated  excellence  expertise  in  Text  Mining  and  Natural  Language  Processing.  The  candidate  will  be  involved  in  the  European  project  “Food  Nutrition  Security  Cloud  (FNS-Cloud)”,  a  large  European  consortium  with  36  partners.  The  candidate  will  work  in  the  tasks  leaded by the group to create a classification system for food-drug interactions using data aggregation and  text  mining  techniques. In  addition,  the  candidate  will  have  the  opportunity  to  develop  her/his  own  research lines in text mining and food field.

The Computational Biology Group is a multidisciplinary community of bioinformaticians, biostatisticians, molecular  biologists  and  microbiologists  focused on  the  study  of  nutritional  behaviours  on  health  and  complex  diseases,  such  as  the  complexity  in  the  relationships  between  food,  genes  and  disease  to  establish  precision  personalized  nutrition  strategies  based  on  individual  molecular  background.  The  group leader provides focused and tailored mentoring to ensure that group members reach the desired career goals. You can find more information about the group at the 2018 annual report:


Education requirements:

  • PhD  in  bioinformatics, computer  sciences,  engineering  or  equivalent  with  at  least  3  years  of  postdoctoral experience.

Experience requirements:

  1. Significant experience & expertise related to Text Mining and Natural Language Processing
    • Experience with structured and unstructured data
    • Experience with NLP frameworks and tools
    • Experience with NoSQL database
    • Demonstrated experience with UNIX environments.
    • Demonstrated experience in the development and integration of software tools.
    • Strong programming skills in at least one of the following languages: Java, Perl, Python or other
    • Demonstrable use of source code repositories (e.g. Github).
    • Experience with Web Services
  2. She/he must be author of at least 2 publications in top journals, at least 1 of them as first author in the Text Mining and Natural Language Processing field.
  3. At least one reference letters from prior laboratory group leaders or people relevant in her/his career are also requested.

The successful candidate needs to show:

  • An excellent oral presentation & writing (in English) skills,
  • Ability to perform collaborative research in a highly multi-disciplinary environment
  • Highly independent, motivated, and collaborative person
  • Good organizational and communication skills
  • Significant research initiative.


Crta. de Canto Blanco nº8, CP- 28049 Madrid

Annual Gross Salary:

23.000 €  –  30.000 € Depending  on  the  candidate  experience, capacity  to  leadher/his own research lines and competitive for grants.


This position is for 3 years, renewed every year depending on productivity and adaptation to the IMDEA-Food instituteDedication: full time (37,5 hours per week).


PD2019/011_ Postdoctoral Position in Computational Biology


Interested  candidates  should  submit  their  applications before Friday, November 8th at 17:00 p.m. (local time). No applications after that date will be accepted.

Candidates must send by e-mail their Curriculum Vitae, preferably in Europass model, and cover letter before the deadline to the following address: wtih the email Subject: Reference PD2019/011

At  any  time  during  the  selection  process,  candidates  may  be  requested  to  present  the  documentation  justifying the requirements and merits alleged in the curriculum.


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