PhD Student Bioinformatics Method Development Ghent University, Department of Plant Biotechnology and Bioinformatics Belgium

PhD student bioinformatics method development

Last application date Aug 31, 2017 21:30

Department WE09 - Department of Plant Biotechnology and Bioinformatics

Contract Limited duration

DegreeYou hold a Master degree in Sciences; in Bioinformatics, in Applied Biological Sciences; in Engineering, in Health Sciences or an equivalent degree. Last year students can also apply.

Occupancy rate 100%

Vacancy Type Research staff

Job description


The research group DBN (dataintegration & biological networks) has an open PhD position in the domain of method development for precision oncology. The goal of the PhD research is to develop and apply systems genetics approaches to identify driver pathways and prognostic biomarkers underlying clinical phenotypes relevant to cancer. Hereto innovative methods need to be developed that integrate genomic information derived from cohorts of tumor samples with clinical information (e.g., therapy outcome). The focus will be on studying the importance of network rewiring during cancer development and on assessing the added value of whole genome sequencing for optimal patient stratification. The research will be performed in close collaboration with clinicians, experts in molecular diagnosis and software engineers to facilitate the transfer of the developed methods to a clinical setting. The DBN group has expertise in method development for systems biology and systems genetics and is specialized in combining advanced datamining techniques with biological principles. In the context of cancer research the group is part of the ICGC consortium ( The DBN group is physically located at the Department of Information Technology.

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Profile of the candidate

  • You will perform research in the domain of bioinformatics method development. This requires
  • a strong interest in interdisciplinary research
  • a strong interest in fundamental and/or applied research Minimal background in biology or molecular biology
  • strong background in computer hard- and software systems
  • proficiency in programming languages such as Java, Perl or Python, as well as Linux systems

Fluency in spoken and written English is a strong requirement.

How to apply


To apply, forward a copy of your C.V. a motivation letter and contact information for two references to the following email addresses:;

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