Vacancy PhD fellowship network-analysis for precision oncology


IDLab/IMEC (Dataintegration & Biological networks subgroup, UGent) has an open position for a PhD fellowship (4 years) in the domain of precision oncology. The goal of the PhD research is to develop and apply data analytics to study the evolution of metastatic cancer in order to identify prognostic biomarkers. Hereto innovative methods need to be developed that integrate genomic information derived from cohorts of tumor samples with clinical information (e.g., therapy outcome). The focus will be on studying the added value of graph based-analysis for feature extraction and patient stratification. The research will be performed in close collaboration with clinicians, experts in molecular diagnosis and software engineers to facilitate the transfer of the developed methods to a clinical setting.


  • You hold a Master degree in Bioinformatics, Engineering, Bioscience engineering, or an equivalent degree. Last year students can also apply
  • A strong interest in interdisciplinary research
  • Interest/knowledge of computer science and/or machine learning
  • Interest in biology or molecular biology
  • Proficiency in programming languages such as Python, R and/or C++ as well as Linux systems.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English

More information

The ‘Dataintegration & Biological networks’ group headed by K. Marchal is located at the engineering faculty of Ghent University (IDLab/IMEC). The group’s research focus is on bioinformatics method development. The group is specialized in combining advanced datamining techniques with biological principles.


To apply, forward a copy of your CV, a motivation letter and contact information for two references, to the following email address

Application deadline: July 31, 2020

Tentative start date: October 2020

Duration: 4 years