Postdoctoral Fellow in Cancer Bioinformatics

Postdoctoral Fellow in Cancer Bioinformatics

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)

Dublin, Ireland

  • Title: Postdoctoral Fellow in Cancer Bioinformatics

    Department: Physiology and Medical Physics

    Tenure: Specified purpose contract for 1 year

    Location: York House, Dublin 2

    Reporting to: Dr. Simon Furney

    Salary: Post Doctorate scale (Level 2) point 4-8 (€40,661 – €45,540) depending on experience

    Proposed Start Date: February 2019

    This is an exciting opportunity to join the Genomic Oncology research group of Dr. Simon Furney ( We are seeking an ambitious, motivated and meticulous Postdoctoral Fellow in Cancer Bioinformatics. The successful candidate will be involved in the analysis of whole genome sequences of patient tumours and the development of a novel bioinformatic method for the clinical interpretation of tumour genomes using cancer genomic data. The current research strategy of the group is to use next generation sequencing technologies to identify mechanisms of tumour development and evolution, and to develop novel approaches for the interpretation of cancer genomes. The group is involved in multiple national and international research collaborations. Dr. Furney has been funded by the European Commission, the SFI-HRB-Wellcome Trust Biomedical Research Partnership, and the Irish Cancer Society, and has published his research in journals including Nature, Cancer Discovery, Nature Methods, Annals of Oncology and Genome Research.

    Specifically, the duties of the post are:

    - Bioinformatic analysis of cancer whole genome / exome sequencing data

    - Bioinformatic analysis of tumour RNA-seq data

    - Participation in the development of a novel bioinformatic method for the clinical interpretation of tumour genomes

    - Analysis of tumour heterogeneity and mutational signatures using cancer next generation sequencing data

    - Preparation of research manuscripts


    - Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in relevant science discipline

    - Ph.D. degree in bioinformatics / computational biology / genomics or a related discipline

    Knowledge & Experience – (Essential):

    - Expertise in large-scale Next Generation Sequencing data analysis

    - Expertise in analysis of publically available -omics data sets

    - Excellent programming and scripting skills (in R and in any high-level programming language e.g. C/C++, Perl or Python)

    - Expertise in using *NIX systems and compute clusters

    - Experience in research manuscript drafting

    Knowledge & Experience – (Desirable):

    - Expertise in the bioinformatic analysis of cancer whole genome, whole exome and RNA sequencing data

    - Knowledge of cancer genomics

    - Track record of publication

    Application Process

    Please apply online no later than 5pm on the closing date with your CV and Covering Letter.

    Informal Enquiries can be directed to Dr. Simon Furney:

Please apply via recruiter’s website.