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Postdoctoral researcher in Biostatistics – ProtectMove project

A 2-year postdoc position is available at the Eurac Research Institute for Biomedicine in Bolzano/Bozen (Italy), within the ProtectMove project, which was developed in collaboration with the University of Lübeck (Germany) and funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). By investigating causal epidemiological and molecular pathways for Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders, the project aims at advancing clinical understanding as well as exploring the methodological challenges of Mendelian randomization in this field.

The post holder will work within a high profile team of biostatisticians and genetic epidemiologists at the Eurac Research Institute for Biomedicine and at the Institute of Medical Biometry and Statistics of the University of Lübeck. He/she will collaborate with an international network of top-level experts in the field of Mendelian randomization. He/she will be responsible for data quality control, statistical analysis, and manuscript writing. The position requires a highly dynamic, interactive and communicative attitude.

Eurac Research is an applied research center located in Bolzano/Bozen, South Tyrol, Italy. The Eurac Research Institute for Biomedicine is home to an international and interdisciplinary team of scientists, students and support staff, integrated in an excellent network of international and national partners. Eurac Research ranks among the best work places in Italy (Great Place To Work Italia 2019 – 14th in the category 150-499 EMPLOYEES) and offers many opportunities in combining work and social activities. Living and working in Bozen/Bolzano allows experiencing a unique combination of Alpine and Mediterranean culture right at the heart of one of the most exciting mountain regions in Europe.



  • To conduct Mendelian randomization studies, including advanced methods for one- and two-sample analyses
  • To implement standard genetic epidemiology analyses, including regression model fitting and polygenic risk score derivation
  • To collaborate in results interpretation and paper writing
  • To present research findings at seminars and international conferences



  • PhD degree in Statistics/Biostatistics/Bioinformatics or a related quantitative or biological subject with proven competence in Statistics
  • Experience in large-scale data analysis
  • Previous experience with genetic association studies and/or instrumental variable modeling (including Mendelian randomization) is an advantage
  • Strong computer programming skills in R and experience in Linux scripting
  • Ability to work in team and in an interdisciplinary environment
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English
  • Good publication record
  • Knowledge of molecular biology and genomics is not necessary but is a plus


We offer:

  • A two-year full-time position, starting on 2021
  • Working in a stimulating multidisciplinary environment involved statisticians, bioinformaticians, biologists, and clinicians, within a high level international scientific network
  • Access to cutting-edge data and computational resources
  • Attractive living and working conditions


How to apply:

Interested candidates should submit their application (CV, cover letter, summary addressing requirements, and reference contacts) within 02.11.2020 via email to jobs.biomedicine@eurac.edu stating "Postdoctoral Researcher in Biostatistics-Protect Move" as subject. Review of applications will begin immediately.

Eurac Research
Institute for Biomedicine

Via Galvani 31 – 39100 Bolzano, Italy
Email: jobs.biomedicine@eurac.edu- www.eurac.edu
Tel: +39 0471 055 500  / Fax: + 39 0471 055 599

For further information please contact Fabiola Del Greco M: fabiola.delgreco@eurac.edu​​

This position is funded by the DFG - German Research Foundation (Research Unit ProtectMove, FOR 2488/2 – Teilprojekt 08).

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