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Database expert Position at the PhI Group

Development and maintenance of scientific databases

Job description:

A position is available for the development and maintenance of scientific databases, at the PharmacoInformatics (PhI) group led by Manuel Pastor at GRIB (IMIM-UPF) in Barcelona. The candidate will be in charge of developing and maintaining scientific databases, integrated in a team of scientist and international experts from industrial and academic institutions, in the context of European projects in the areas of in silico toxicology.

General description:

She/he will participate in the development (design, implementation) and maintenance (data update) of databases hosting chemical and biomedical data. The work will be carried out tightly integrated in a team of young scientist, in research projects funded by the European Union and private companies, leaders in their industrial sectors.  

Desired skills and expertise:

  • University degree in Informatics or related areas.
  • Good English level (B1 minimum).
  • Experience in Linux and Windows computing environment.
  • Experience in the development, administration and maintenance of databases (PostgreSQL and MySQL).
  • Good programming skills in Python.

We will valuate:

  • Experience in programming using chemoinformatic libraries like RDKit or CDK, and prototyping tools like Jupyter.
  • Experience in Oracle.
  • Knowledge on the use of web-based applications for accessing databases.
  • Professional experience in any of the mentioned skills.

The PhI group lead by Manuel Pastor is a multidisciplinary team with strong experience in the development of novel computational methods and their application in the drug safety areas. Some relevant achievements in these areas include: i) the development of methods for robust applicability domain and reliability indexes in the prediction of toxicological endpoints, ii) development of eTOXlab, a flexible framework for the implementation of prediction systems, iii) development of multiscale prediction systems for drug-induced QT elongation, iv) participation in the European projects eTOX, Open PHACTS, iPiE, EU-ToxRisk, TransQST and eTRANSAFE. A description of the group and the most recent publications can be accessed at

Benefits of the opening:

Gross annual salary around 31.000 eur, part-time position (38hrs/week) for 12 months with the possibility of extension. This contract is funded by the Enhancing TRANslational SAFEty Assessment through Integrative Knowledge Management (eTRANSAFE) project, from the European Commission.

To apply: here

Deadline: March 4th  2020.

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