PhD student in Machine Learning, Computational Biology, Bioinformatics (MCBO-2_8/2024)

ICTER seeks applicants with a MSc degree, and experience in machine and deep learning as well as bioinformatics.

The PhD student will have a direct impact on lab development and its success in publishing in high impact factor journals. The person will be also responsible for performing dynamic research to create a competitive research group. The positions will be assigned to the Computational Genomics Group. The group is led by Dr. Marcin Tabaka (PI) and leverages high-throughput single-cell RNA and ATAC sequencing to address fundamental questions in biomedical research (https://tabaka-lab.org).

Number of job offers: 1

Remuneration: 7 700 PLN gross/month.

Position starts on: to be arranged with a candidate.

Maximum period of contract/stipend agreement: 30.06.2025 (with a possibility of extension not longer than 31.12.2028).

Institution: International Centre for Translational Eye Research (Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences), Warsaw, Poland.

Project leader: Prof. Maciej Wojtkowski.
Group Leader: Dr. Marcin Tabaka.

Project title:
International Centre for Translational Eye Research.

The „International Centre for Translational Eye Research” project is carried out within the MAB FENG action 02.01. of the Foundation for Polish Science co-financed by the European Union under the European Regional Development Fund, European Funds for Smart Economy, agreement no. FENG.02.01-IP.05-T005/23. It is a collaboration between the Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS and University College London, UK.

Project description: The International Centre for Translational Eye Research (ICTER) is a multi-investigator centre for eye research as related to imaging and biochemical techniques to support advances in understanding the etiology and treatment of human blinding diseases. The new research agenda (carried under International Research Agenda project no. FENG.02.01-IP.05-T005/23) aims to develop new tools for safer and more effective surgical interventions, new therapies for eye diseases, and diagnostic methods to improve prognosis and restore vision. The main technology to be developed under this program will be a novel robotic system for delivering drugs to the eye and performing a tissue biopsy, in which a robotic system will assist in the micromanipulation of the injection device with 3-D localized imaging.

Further information on the research priorities and current expertise of our Centre can be found at http://www.icter.pl.

Key responsabilities include:

  1. Participation in research projects and attendance at team meetings to share results
  2. Develop and implement novel machine learning algorithms for analysis of high-dimensional single-cell genomics data
  3. Collaborate with bioinformaticians and experimentalists
  4. Design and lead independent projects
  5. Prepare and write scientific papers
  6. Active participation in conferences and grant applications
  7. Supervision over students

Profile of candidates/requirements:

  1. MSc degree in Math, Statistics, Physics, Computer Science or related quantitative discipline
  2. Background in statistics, machine and/or deep learning
  3. Knowledge of at least one modern programming language.
  4. Experience in analysis of developmental and spatial single-cell multimodal data
  5. Excellent programming skills in python
  6. Familiarity with Unix command-line tools
  7. Excellent communication and organizational skills
  8. Ability to work independently and interact effectively in an interdisciplinary team
  9. Proficiency in English, both spoken and written
  10. Good communication skills
  11. Involvement in student and professional organizations, participation in conferences is a plus.

Required documents:

  1. CV (including a list of projects/publications)
  2. Cover letter
  3. Copy of PhD diploma
  4. Confirmation of attendance at a PhD school or, in other cases, a declaration of commitment to work towards doing external PhD studies

Key evaluation criteria:

  1. Familiarity with statistics, machine and/or deep learning
  2. Competences of the candidate with respect to specific tasks in a research project
  3. Knowledge of at least one modern programming language
  4. Experience with Python
  5. Familiarity with Unix command-line tools
  6. Previous educational/scientific achievements
  7. Awards and distinctions

We offer:

  1. Full-time employment contract
  2. Opportunity to work in an innovative scientific environment
  3. International cooperation with experienced researchers
  4. Competitive salary

How to apply:

Please submit the listed documents to: icter_jobs@ichf.edu.pl.
Kindly specify in the application topic: MCBO-2_8/2024.
Application deadline: 19.05.2024.
For more details about the position please visit: www.icter.pl or contact Dr. Marcin Tabaka (e-mail: mtabaka@ichf.edu.pl).

Successful candidates fulfilling the selection criteria and qualifications will be invited for an interview (which will most likely take place in an online format on 20-31.05.2024). The competition results shall be announced by May 31, 2024.

The competition may be extended until a suitable candidate fulfils all requirements.

The International Centre for Translational Eye Research (Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS) is committed to employment equality (esp. European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers). It welcomes applications from all qualified candidates who fulfil the requirements specified in this announcement.