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Head of Genomics Facility at CRG

The Institute

The CRG, the Centre for Genomic Regulation, is an international biomedical research institute of excellence, based in Barcelona, Spain, whose mission is to discover and advance knowledge for the benefit of society, public health and economic prosperity.

The breadth of topics, approaches and technologies at the CRG permits a broad range of fundamental issues in life sciences and biomedicine to be addressed. Research at the CRG falls into four main areas: gene regulation, stem cells and cancer; cell and developmental biology; bioinformatics and genomics; and systems biology.

With more than 350 scientists from 41 countries, the CRG excellence is based on an interdisciplinary, motivated and creative scientific team that is supported by high-end and innovative technologies.

The SCImago Institution Rankings (SIR) World Report 2013, covering the years 2007-2011, classifies the CRG in 9th position (according to the Q1 indicator, health sector) out of over 2,740 research institutions around the world. In Europe only three other research centres in the health sector have a higher Q1 indicator.

The centre's other main strategic goals are: to translate basic scientific findings into benefits for health and economic value for society; to provide advanced and excellent training to our scientists; and to communicate and establish a bilateral dialogue with society.

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Mission of the role

The Unit

The scope of the Genomics Unit is to provide excellent, cutting-edge services in the fields of microarray technology and next-generation sequencing (NGS). The Unit is also dedicated to test, implement, and to develop new genomics applications that are of relevance to the CRG and its lines of research. The services of the Unit are contracted by CRG users, as well as by external academic and private customers. The Unit is equipped with Illumina HiSeq sequencers, and instrumentation for sequencing library production (Tecan liquid handling platform, covaris, bioanalyser, qubit, real-time PCR).

The role of Head of Genomics Unit

The mission of the Head of the Genomics Unit will be to scientifically and administratively manage the core facility. Responsibilities of the position include communication with users, drafting project cost estimates, coordinating the work of staff conducting service projects and technology development, and reviewing the quality of results before making them available to users. It is the Unit Head’s responsibility to ensure that the services offered by the Unit are kept state-of-the-art, to ensure efficient use of resources, and to define a strategy for new application developments based on the scientific orientation and future requirements of the CRG/PRBB. Additionally, the Unit Head is expected to offer tutorials and courses to the scientific community.




·         PhD in Biology or similar



·         Experience in team management of min. 3 years


Technical skills required:

·         Experience with Illumina Platforms

·         Knowledge of common NGS protocols (RNA-Seq, ChIP-Seq, amplicon-, exome-, and genomic sequencing) and QC pipelines



·       Mandatory fluent level of English

Soft skills:

·         Service-orientation and keen interest into further developing NGS protocols and applications is essential

·         Ability to provide service to a large, international scientific community

·         An open personality, and the capability to easily interact with people of different scientific backgrounds, nationalities and personalities

·         Ability to influence, develop and communicate effectively with the team


The Offer

·         Duration:Open-ended contract with a probation period and subject to periodical external evaluations

·         Estimated annual gross salary: A competitive salary will be provided, which will be well matched relative to the cost of living in Barcelona, and adjusted according to experience

·         Starting date: March, 2015


We offer work in a highly stimulating environment with state-of-the-art infrastructure, providing the successful applicant with unique opportunities to develop a strong technical portfolio.


Application Procedure

All applications must include: 

1.     A presentation letter addressed to Dr. Mònica Morales.

2.     A full CV including contact details.

3.     Three contacts for further references.


All applications must be addressed to Dr. Mònica Morales and be submitted to the following email address: Please include as email subject the reference Head of Genomics Facility at CRG”.


Deadline:Please submit your application by January the 9th of 2015.