Postdoctoral fellowship available in Genomics/Computational Biology at NUI Galway


An SFI-funded postdoctoral fellowship is available in the Seoighe research group. The hosting research group works on several aspects of genomics and molecular evolution, typically developing or applying models or methods to address biological questions of interest. Recent work has included development of methods to detect genetic variants affecting germline mutation rates from haplotype data, algorithms for the analysis of deep sequencing data from the T cell receptors and immunoglobulins and the development and application of methods and computational tools to disentangle the effects of cell type composition and gene expression variation in biological samples consisting of mixtures of different cell types. The group is located in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Applied Mathematics at NUI Galway and is part of the Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Research Cluster (


This project will involve modeling somatic mutation processes, including sources of variation across the genome, between individuals in populations or between species. The successful applicant will be capable of working as part of the project team, which will include four PhD students, and of helping to guide and develop the research programme. The applicant will develop models, write computer code and analyze data and will be expected to produce publication quality scientific outputs.

Essential Requirements:

• PhD in a cognate discipline (bioinformatics, computer science, mathematics, statistics, etc.)
• Good computer programming skills
• Experience and/or qualifications in statistical data analysis
• Strong motivation to carry out research in the project area

Desirable Requirements:

• Background knowledge relevant to the objectives of the research project
• Experience of analysing somatic mutation data
• Ability to work as part of a team and individually
• Ability to motivate and co-direct the research of other team members


This is a full-time position for three years.


This position will be based in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Applied Mathematics, National University of Ireland Galway. Biomedical research is a major strategic focus of the university and of the industries in its hinterland and the university is highly ranked in the mathematical sciences. Galway is welcoming city, located on the west coast of Ireland, with many attractions, particularly for those with interests in cultural or outdoor pursuits.


€38,000 – €44,000, depending on experience.


Applications should include an academic CV and a brief covering letter and can be sent by email to Cathal Seoighe (Cathal.Seoighe *a t*


March 27, 2020

Late applications will be considered if the position has not been filled. Feel free to get in touch for enquiries or to find out more about the position.