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Bioinformatician in the Functional Cancer Genomics Group (100%)

Institute of Oncology Research

Functional Cancer Genomics Group

The Institute of Oncology Research (IOR) in Bellinzona, Switzerland, is a rapidly evolving, leading center for basic and translational research in oncology in Europe. IOR is affiliated to the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) and its Faculty of Biomedical Sciences, as well as to other leading Swiss Universities and Research Centers.

The IOR is now located in a brand-new, high-tech research building that hosts about 20 different research groups, with state-of-the-art labs and facilities, multicultural environment and daily occasions of interaction with world leaders in the fields of cancer, basic immunology and cancer immunology.

Together with the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB), the IOR is member of Bios+, a recently established non-profit association aiming to promote, support and coordinate scientific research and teaching activities of its members (www.biosplus.ch).

We are now looking for a motivated and enthusiastic


interested in working in a very active environment at competitive projects in the area of Functional Cancer Genomics, directed by Prof. Jean-Philippe Theurillat. The highly collaborative lab has ongoing projects with groups at Harvard, MIT and ETHZ, among others.

Job Description 

The successful candidate will work as part of an international team that is dedicated to understanding how new driver alterations culled from cancer genome characterization studies promote tumorigenesis, and how gathered insights can be exploited to develop precision medicines. The position offers excellent scientific opportunities in a highly stimulating and interdisciplinary environment involving close interactions between medical and basic scientists. Investigations range from projects related to: 

  • Integrated analysis of genomic, transcriptomic, and proteomic expression changes related to prostate cancer progression 
  • Single-cell RNAseq analysis related to drug perturbations 
  • Silent somatic mutations as a surrogate for cancer dependencies 

Candidate’s profile

  • The successful candidate is determined to solve important and challenging questions in biology/medicine 
  • Master or Ph.D. in bioinformatics 
  • Experience in the analysis of DNA, RNA, and ChIP sequencing data 
  • Interested or experience in artificial intelligence/machine learning 


We are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive digital application in English in asingle PDF-File.
Application will include curriculum vitae (with training, working experience and publications), two reference letters, and a statement of research interest (maximum one page).

Please submit your application to: humanresources@ior.usi.ch Reference in the object: JPT_BioInf_2022 
Applications sent to different contacts, in other formats or after the deadline will not be considered. 

More information about the Institute and Prof. Jean-Philippe Theurillat is available at following link: https://www.ior.usi.ch
For inquiry regarding this job or submission of complete application including two references please contact Prof. Jean-Philippe Theurillat via email: jean-philippe.theurillat@ior.usi.ch 

Salary will follow the standard of IOR salary scale that is in line with the rest of Switzerland.
Initial appointment: 1 year - 100% 

December 19, 2021

Starting date 
Early 2022