Netherlands: PhD position Computational systems genetics of complex phenotypes in human cells at UMCG

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Job description

The candidate will explore the complex causes underlying phenotypic variation at both molecular and phenotypic levels (human disease) using systems genetics approaches. Network analysis will be used to prioritize candidate regulators of disease. Additionally, the candidate will develop methods for integrating diverse high-throughput data and various independent sources of information into probabilistic causal network models, aiming at elucidating the network underlying complex phenotypes.


– You are a university graduate at MSc level in one of the following disciplines: computer science, bioinformatics, statistics, and mathematics.
– A proven ability to perform creative interdisciplinary research is required for this position.
– Skills in computer programming (e.g. JAVA, R, Perl), experience with different operating systems (Linux, Windows) will be important.
– A pro-active attitude and the ability to initiate and execute research lines independently.
– Excellent communication and reporting skills are necessary. You should be able to write scientific articles and reports (to be proven by your graduation thesis or another comparable report) and be fluent in English language (written and verbal).
– Only applications with a clear, concrete and personal ‘statement of interest’ for this project will be considered.

The UMCG has a preventive Hepatitis B policy. You may be required to build up sufficient protection against Hepatitis B before you can be appointed. Vaccination is provided by the UMCG if necessary.

Conditions of employment

Your salary is € 2.178,- gross per month in the first year up to a maximum of € 2.790,- gross per month in the last fourth year (scale PhD).
The conditions of employment comply with the Collective Labour Agreement for Medical Centers (CAO-UMC).


University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG)


Department of Genetics

The Department of Genetics at the University Medical Center Groningen, the Netherlands, is an ambitious, dynamic, and international environment, with state-of-the-art facilities. The research section is located in the European Research Institute for the Biology of Aging (ERIBA) together with other departments that all share a common interest in applying systems biological approaches to the study of the genetic factors involved in human disease and aging, in human cells and in model organisms. The Department of Genetics collaborates widely with other groups in Groningen and at a national and international level.
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