Building and promoting Excellence in Life Sciences in Europe
Building and promoting Excellence in Life Sciences in Europe

Lead Developer for large-scale cell/tissue image processing pipeline


The laboratory of Prof. Prisca Liberali at the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (FMI) provides a world-leading research environment in applying image-based systems biology to investigate fundamental cell biological and developmental questions in 3D organoid cultures. We are now looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated individual with a strong vision and with leadership capabilities to drive the further development of our computational platform that supports these research activities. The position will initially be for two years, with a firm perspective for long-term employment in case of good fit and productivity.

The candidate will be responsible for the administration and the further development of our software and computational platform that enables high-performance computing and image processing of cell and tissue images on high performance computing. By becoming the effective lead developer of this open-source platform, the candidate should establish him/herself as an internationally recognized developer in the field of large-scale cellular image processing, enabling not only the members in the host laboratory, but researchers around the world to apply image-based systems biology approaches to their projects.

For this position, we are looking for a highly motivated individual with a strong vision on the future of large-scale cellular image processing and image-based systems biology. The candidate has thorough training in the use and development of computational approaches (e.g. through a Bachelors/Masters degree in physics, applied mathematics, computer science, engineering, or signal processing). Furthermore, experience in molecular cell biology, microscopy, and cell and tissue imaging, possibly through a PhD, is highly appreciated.

The ideal candidate is moreover fluent in multiple computer programming languages, in particular in Bash, MATLAB, Python, JavaScript, and C++, and can easily adapt to heterogeneous high-performance computing environments. Having experience with web frameworks (frontend and backend), SQL databases, SPARK/YARN and modern cloud technologies (e.g. OpenStack), and high-performance computing (e.g. SLURM) is a plus. 

Importantly, the candidate should have excellent communication and networking skills, be able to interact with a heterogeneous group of researchers in quantitative cell biology and image-based systems biology, be structured, have a clear vision, and demonstrate leadership capabilities. 

Language requirements:

This position opens:
In 2017, specific date to be discussed

Please submit your application including a cover letter with statement of your professional goals, your CV, and contact details of three referees by the 1st of October 2017, online at

For further information, please contact Prisca Liberali
Basel, Switzerland

Host Institute