Several PhD student positions in Integrative Computational Network Biology

Barcelona Supercomputing Center
Spain Barcelona


Professor Nataša Pržulj is looking for several PhD students to work in network science and machine learning applied to molecular and clinical data. They will be developing new algorithms for computationally hard problems and applying them to analyzing large-scale molecular and patient data to aid drug discovery and personalizing treatment. The successful candidates will work on the prestigious ERC Consolidator grant of Prof. Pržulj.

The successful candidates will complete a PhD in Computer Science, which will address developing and applying sophisticated machine learning and network science models and algorithms. The algorithms will be carefully tuned to extract relevant biological and medical knowledge from systems-level real-world molecular and medical data. The aim is to utilize them to understand the structure of the data that would enable mining the data for new biological and medical insight that would further lead to improving diagnostics, discovering new biomarkers, improving patient stratification and treatment, personalizing treatment and facilitate rational drug development. The successful candidates will join a dynamic research group of Prof. Przulj within BSC. The students will work in a highly sophisticated HPC environment, will have access to systems and computational infrastructures, and will establish collaborations with experts in different areas.

Key Duties

Complete a PhD in computational biology
Collaborate with various research groups across Europe and elsewhere


MSc in Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Bioinformatics, or a related field
BSc in Computer Science is preferred

Essential Knowledge and Professional Experience
Fluency in spoken and written English

Good technical skills including at least some of the following: algorithms, data analysis, graph, network and complexity theory, scientific computing, statistics, machine learning, programming in C, C++, a scripting language and Matlab, using a parallel computing environment, bioinformatics, network biology, network medicine, network analytics, medical informatics

Start date

As soon as possible

How to Apply


The position will be located at BSC within the Life Sciences Department
We offer a full-time contract, a good working environment, a highly stimulating environment with state-of-the-art infrastructure, flexible working hours, extensive training plan, tickets restaurant, private health insurance, fully support to the relocation procedures

Salary: we offer a competitive salary commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the candidate and according to the cost of living in Barcelona

Starting date: ASAP

Applications Procedure -- online at

All applications must include:

1. A full CV including contact details.

2. Academic transcripts from all Undergraduate and MSc degrees.

3. Three letters of recommendation. The references should send their letters to before the deadline.

4. A statement of motivation and research interests.


The vacancy will remain open until suitable candidate has been hired. Applications will be regularly reviewed and potential candidates will be contacted.