Teaching assistant Position in Computational Biochemistry and Bioinformatics - R1

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    Universitat Internacional de Catalunya
    Biological sciencesOther
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    15/06/2020 21:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Spain › Sant Cugat del Vallès

About UIC Barcelona

The Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC Barcelona) founded in 1997, is a private foundation and has its own legal status. As a non-profit institution, our university aims to provide a service to society by undertaking teaching and research activities aimed at professional capacitation and the scientific, cultural and human education of students, as well as undertaking activities to promote culture. 

Today, the university encompasses eight faculties in addition to the Doctorate School. UIC Barcelona is home to over 7,000 students, the academic programs offered include a total of 15 Bachelor´s Degrees, 26 international double degrees and a wide range of official and professional masters and postgraduate courses. The international character of the university is a basic feature and a necessary one for students. In this respect, 25% of our students are from overseas

UIC Barcelona hosts 25 Research Groups within two campuses. The Barcelona Campus houses the Humanities, Communication Sciences, Law, Economics and Social Sciences, and Education faculties, as well as the School of Architecture. This campus is also home to the Research Institute for Evaluation and Public Policies, the Institute for Advanced Family Studies, the Institute for Multilingualism and the Doctorate School.

The Sant Cugat Campus is home to the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and the Faculty of Dentistry. Situated inside the grounds of the Hospital General de Catalunya, practical experience, particularly on this campus, forms the basis of successful learning. This campus is also home to the University Institute for Patient Care and the Bioengineering Institute of Technology.

In October 2016, the UIC Barcelona signed the "European Charter for Researchers" and the "Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers" with the aim of encouraging and improving the recruitment of researchers and demonstrating its commitment to this European Commission initiative. In May 2018, UIC Barcelona was recognised by EURAXESS with the HR Excellence in Research Award.

In addition to the HRS4R, and as part of the Catalan University system, UIC Barcelona follows the recommendations of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) in evaluation of research impact and outcomes.

Click on the following link to find out more about UIC Barcelona: http://www.uic.cat

About the Open position

The Department of Basic Sciences, at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences is offering a teaching assistant position (predoctoral, R1) in order to participate in the practical training on topics related to introduction to bioinformatics and computational biochemistry.

What we are looking for

A recent MSc graduate (or expecting to graduate in Summer 2020) aiming to pursue a PhD in a field such as Quantum (Bio)Chemistry, Molecular Simulations, Structural Bioinformatics or Machine/Deep Learning techniques applied to such topics. The candidate is expected to complete a PhD thesis in three years starting in September 1st 2020.

Key duties

The candidate is expected to integrate in the new Computational Biochemistry and Biophysics Lab led by Dr. Jordi Villà-Freixa at the Department of Basic Sciences and will be appointed to teaching practical sessions mainly in the subject of Introduction to Bioinformatics, aswell as minor contributions to other related subjects in the degrees of Biomedical Sciences and Bioengineering. According to the Spanish regulation for Doctoral students, the teaching duty during the whole PhD training period cannot exceed 18 ECTS.

The candidate will be offered a PhD Student position within the Health Sciences Doctorate Program at the UIC Barcelona. Depending of the profile of the candidate, the PhD Thesis topic can vary but in any case the contract will initially be for one year extendable to up to a total of three years.



This is a 1 year (extendable to a total of 3 years) R1 position that will combine teaching assistanship with research aiming to achieve a PhD.

Enrollment date in the UIC Barcelona will be September 1st.

Selection process

Selection process

In May 2018, the UIC Barcelona received recognition from EURAXESS via an HR Excellence in Research Award that ensures that the selection of candidates is carried out only based on criteria for excellence.

1) In line with the "Selection" principle, a selection committee is established. The process for nominating and appointing the selection committee will be transparent and will be made public. The composition of the committee will be appropriately diverse.

2) All applications will be examined. The process will involve a preselection to verify eligibility and a preselection of candidates for personal interviews. The same selection committee will participate in all the steps. The process will be fully transparent, excepte for the fact that candidates will be externally identified by an anonymous ID.

3) The final selection may include an oral (presential or online) interview.

Additional comments

How to apply

May 15th: Call is issued

June 15th: Deadline for reception of CVs

June 17th: Publication of preliminary short list and ammedments period open

June 19th: Publication of final short list

June 26th: End of oral interviews (presential or online)

June 29th: Final ordered list

July: Selected candidates will need to ensure they fullfill the requirements established by the Doctoral School to enroll in the PhD program in the 20-21 course.

Offer Requirements

Specific Requirements


  • The candidates are required to have a degree (BSc and MSc) at the time of enrolling in the UIC Doctorate School with highly competitive academic records.
  • Profficiency in one or more of these topics will be highly valued: quantum chemistry, QM/MM calculations, molecular simulations, structural bioinformatics, ML/DL/AI, computer science (with emphasis in Python scripting programming).

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Universitat Internacional de Catalunya
Sant Cugat del Vallès
Carrer de Josep Trueta

EURAXESS offer ID: 523896


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