Postdoctoral Fellow position in Computational Biology/Cancer Genomics -pediatric brain tumors

 CDD · Postdoc  · 18 mois    Bac+8 / Doctorat, Grandes Écoles   Computational Biology and Integrative Genomics of Cancer, U900 Institut Curie · St-Cloud (France)

 Date de prise de poste : 3 octobre 2022


Intra-tumoral heterogeneity, spatial transcriptomics, single-cell, multiomics, pediatric brain tumors


The Cavalli Lab is seeking a highly motivated scientist interested in deciphering pediatric brain tumor heterogeneity to join as Postdoctoral Fellow.

Institut Curie is one of the biggest European institutions for cancer research with strong interdisciplinary traditions. It also comprises a hospital specialized in cancer treatment, and therefore covers a continuum of expertise from fundamental research to patient care ( The Cavalli Lab is part of the "Bioinformatics and Computational Systems Biology of Cancer" Unit (U900 INSERM, Mines ParisTech, Institut Curie) at Institut Curie, which consists of ~90 researchers and students. It is a very active and growing interdisciplinary team of bioinformaticians, biologists, physicians, mathematicians, statisticians, physicists, and computer scientists (U900 Unit page).

The Cavalli Lab (located at Institut Curie St-Cloud, west of Paris), investigates tumor heterogeneity, targeting clinically relevant questions. The goal of our genomic approaches is to explore clinically relevant aspects of brain tumor biology. We pursue this goal using patient samples profiling, investigating temporal and intra-tumoral/spatial heterogeneity as well as tumor/tumor microenvironment interactions in gliomas and pediatric embryonal brain tumors. Projects in the Cavalli lab are developed within a dynamic and collaborative environment with other researchers and clinicians at Institut Curie and from the POLA network (National POLA Network for the Treatment of High-Grade Oligodendroglial Tumours).

The successful candidate will have the ambition to tackle the complexity of tumor biology and intra-tumoral heterogeneity using computational analysis of cutting-edge sequencing datasets. S/He will be in charge of the full analysis of a new unique cohort of matched single nucleus RNA-seq/ATAC-seq and Visium spatial transcriptomics data of primary and recurrent embryonal brain tumors with BCOR tandem duplication. This rare brain tumor is histologically heterogeneous but little is known regarding its cell type composition and organization.


The successful candidate should hold a recent PhD, have a track record of creativity in developing analytic strategies, and a strong foundation of knowledge in one or more of the following: genomics, cancer biology, statistics. Excellent computational skills as well as experience with high-throughput data analysis in biology and/or single-cell data analysis is highly desirable. Must be self-motivated, capable to work in autonomy and have evidence of scientific accomplishment via peer-reviewed publications. Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and a team spirit are essential.


  • Drive and develop scientific projects focused on tumor heterogeneity
  • Perform end-to-end data analysis (QC, processing, normalization, visualization, interpretation, etc)
  • Analyse single-cell and spatial transcriptomics datasets
  • Use and develop methods and strategies to assess spatial heterogeneity from brain tumor samples
  • Characterise tumor–tumor microenvironment (TME) interactions
  • Perform high dimensional data analysis and integrative ‘omic’ data analysis

Experience / Skills

  • PhD in bioinformatics, statistics, or computer science with knowledge and interest in biology
  • Experience working in a Unix environment and statistical analysis using R
  • Experience with single-cell RNA-seq analysis is desirable
  • Understanding of cancer cell biology is an asset as well as experience of collaboration with biologists for solving concrete biological problems


Procédure : Applicants should send (1) a cover letter describing previous work, interests, and career goals, (2) CV, and (3) Contact information of three referees to Dr. Cavalli at

Date limite : 30 septembre 2022


Florence Cavalli

Offre publiée le 29 juillet 2022, affichage jusqu'au 30 septembre 2022