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The successful candidate will join a young and dynamic scientific community and be supervised by two labs: the Gerard Muntané Lab, at the Institut d’Investigació Sanitària Pere Virgili (IISPV), Tarragona, and Gabriel Santpere lab, at the Research Programme on Biomedical Informatics (GRIB-IMIM/UPF), located at the Biomedical Research Park of Barcelona. Gerard Muntané is a researcher in the Genetics and Environment in Psychiatry (GAP) group, which is part of the Strategic Area of Neurosciences and Mental Health of the IISPV. Gabriel Santpere is the head of the recently formed Neurogenomics group at the GRIB-IMIM. His group is interested in the mechanisms that lead to brain specializations, including the human manifestations of multiple neuropsychiatric disorders.

We are looking for highly motivated and qualified candidates for a 2,5-year contract to join a project funded by La Marató de TV3 entitled: “INSCRIPTION: An integrative approach to schizophrenia risk prediction leveraging genetics, brain imaging and neuroepithelium’s transcriptome”. The project will focus on the genetic bases of mental health disorders, with special focus on schizophrenia, and how we can combine multimodal data extracted from patients recruited for this project, to improve our prediction of schizophrenia. The candidate will also co-lead the dissemination of results in papers and meetings.


Job offer linked to the project with identification code 202230 30 31 32, which has the support of the Fundació La Marató de TV3 as a financing entity.


Researcher career profile (R2)


Number of available positions:1


The selected candidate will perform the following tasks:

  • Conduct original research using techniques such as genome-wide association studies, gene expression analysis, Polygenic Risk Scores and functional genomics.
  • Conduct data analysis and prepare data for presentation in peer-reviewed journals and at professional meetings under the supervision of the project coordinators.
  • Liaise with and coordinate experimental duties with medical Doctors.
  • Attend and present at conferences and workshops.
  • Participate in relevant coursework and seminars.



  • A PhD in Psychiatric/Behavioral genetics, Genomics, Bioinformatics, or similar fields is required.
  • Knowledge of complex trait genomics
  • Experience in the computational analysis of “-omics” datasets and in statistical genetics using Python and R.
  • Good organitzational skills.
  • Good writing and oral communication skills.



  • Experience with high-performance computing or use of clusters.
  • Have a broad theoretical knowledge of psychiatric/behavioral phenotypes.
  • Previous experience with RNA-seq data.
  • Teamworking and ability to work independently.



  • Selection of CV’s. Suitable CV’s will be identified according to the requirements. Applicants who do not meet the requirements will not pass to the next phase.
  • Evaluation of the CV. Evaluation of the CVs up to a maximum score of 30 points.
  • Cover Letter. Attach to the resume a cover letter with a maximum length of 2500 characters with spaces. With a maximum score of 20 points.


To access the interview phase it is necessary to have obtained a minimum score of 40 points in the sum of scores of the evaluation of the curriculum and cover letter

  • Personal interview. With a maximum score of 50 points.


Items 50
Attitude 10
Fit in the work place 15
Experience, developed functions/skills 10
Teamwork 15



  • President: Gerard Muntané (Principal Investigator)
  • Chair 1: Gabriel Santpere (Principal Investigator)
  • Chair 2: Lourdes Martorell (Principal Investigator)


  • President: Elisabet Vilella (Group Leader, GAP)
  • Chair 1: Carles Falcón (Principal Investigator)
  • Chair 2: Selena Aranda (Predoctoral Researcher)




For any questions or queries: recruitment@iispv.cat





The IISPV will inform the candidates if they have been admitted or excluded to access the interview.


Condicions laborals

  • Full-time position (40h/week)
  • Workplace: Facultat de Medicina de Reus
  • Contract:Indefinite of scientific-technical activities (Approximate duration of 2 and a half years, linked to the financing of the project)
  • Gross annual salary: 24.400€ approximately
  • Approximate starting date: September 2023