Postdoc – Multi-Omics and Translational Statistics

Predicting genotype-phenotype relationships in health and disease through large-scale phenotyping and multi-omics

Postdoctoral research positions are available in the group of Wolfgang Huber at EMBL Heidelberg for energetic and creative researchers in the areas of biomedical data science and statistical computing. Apply if you are driven by method development for novel technologies in personalized medicine and systems genetics, or by making biological or medical discoveries through novel ways of integrating large multi-omic and phenotypic data. An excellent network of biomedical and technological collaborations, including the EC Project SOUND, offers novel data types and datasets, as well as opportunities for discovery validation and translation by domain experts.


The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is one of the highest ranked scientific research organisations in the world. The Headquarters Laboratory is located in Heidelberg (Germany), with additional sites in Cambridge (UK), Grenoble (France), Hamburg (Germany) and Rome (Italy).

SOUND is an international research project funded by the European Commission (EC) within its Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme “Personalizing Health and Care”. Its objective is to create the bioinformatic tools for statistically informed use of personal genomes and other types of ‘omic data (multi-omics) in medicine, including cancers and rare metabolic diseases. Coordinated at EMBL by W. Huber, it comprises partners from top research institutions including Cambridge, Munich, Zurich, Heidelberg and Lisbon, and is running from September 2015.

Bioconductor is an open source, open development software project to collaboratively develop tools for the analysis and comprehension of high-throughput genomic data. The Bioconductor core team is a partner in SOUND, and many SOUND partners are active contributors.

Qualifications and experience

The position requires outstanding quantitative and analytical skills. We are looking for candidates with PhD-level expertise in genomics, statistics, mathematics, physics, computational biology or related fields, who are looking to make an impact in biomedical research, as well as for candidates with a biomedical background and exceptional quantitative skills. Curiosity to work in interdisciplinary projects and continuously expand your expertise is expected. Experience in large-scale data analysis will be useful, and proficiency in computer programming (e.g. R) is required. An appropriate record of productivity (evidenced e.g. by academic papers or scientific software) is expected. The position requires the ability to independently take responsibility over your project, strong teamwork and communication skills, reliability, attention to detail and effective time management.

Please contact Wolfgang Huber ( for questions.

Additional Information

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation.