PhD research position in Bioinformatics & Machine Learning
Functional Genomics Unit, IJB & Machine Learning Group, ULB

Brussels, Belgium

*Position description

Applications are invited for a full-time PhD research position at the  Functional Genomics Unit (FGU), Medicine Department, Institut jules  Bordet (IJB), Belgium. The researcher will get his/her PhD in the  Machine Learning Group (MLG), Computer Science Department, Université  Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium.

The vacancy available to be filled in soon offers tenure of four  years. The researcher is expected to carry out fundamental research in  Machine Learning (MLG) and to take an active role in the applied  research projects of the FGU, which is funding the position.

The Functional Genomics Unit is a research group that carries out  applied research on genomics in breast cancer. Cutting-edge bio- technologies are used to bring new insights in breast cancer biology.  These new discoveries are then brought to clinic (translational  research) in order to improve the management of breast cancer patients.

The Machine Learning Group is a research group that carries out  theoretical research on statistical machine learning, predictive  modeling and computational statistics, and takes part in several  applied research projects in domains as diverse as data mining,  bioinformatics to biomedical engineering and wireless sensor networks.

This inter-disciplinary position provides unique opportunities in  bioinformatics. Previous studies involving microarray and survival  data in breast cancer led to high impact publications (see for an overview). The machine learning methods introduced in these  articles deal specifically with the high dimensionality of the  microarray data and the fitting/validation of models for survival  prediction of the patients.


Candidates are expected to attach their transcripts and a letter of  recommendation from their MSc supervisor or any other relevant person.

Applicants are expected to have strong programming skills, the ability  to work independently, strong interpersonal skills, good writing and  oral communication. Any research experience on data mining, machine  learning, and statistical analysis will be an asset as well as an  experience in microarray data analysis.

Upon offer of a position, the candidates who are non-EU citizens are  required to obtain an appropriate long-term Schengen visa; further  information is available from their nearest Belgian embassy.


Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as positions  will remain open until filled in by a suitable candidate.


Candidates are invited to send their CV with the detailed list of  publications and a research statement in .pdf format by email to gbonte [at] ulb [dot] ac [dot] be .

The subject field of your email must include MLG-JOB: research position.

*Equal Opportunity Employer

ULB is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to employing  more handicapped individuals and especially encourages them to apply.  ULB wishes to increase the proportion of women in areas in which they  are underrepresented. Women are strongly encouraged to apply.