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PhD position within H2020 MSCA-ITN-ETN project PARENT: (ESR7) Machine Learning to identify significant biomarkers for early diagnose of NDD in premature infants

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    University of Cadiz
    Computer scienceProgramming
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    06/07/2021 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Spain › Algeciras
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions



PARENT is an EU-funded project aiming for early diagnosis of newborn motor/cognitive impairments. PARENT combines the efforts of a multidisciplinary network of leading European research groups, industry partners, pediatric hospitals and parents’ associations to develop a technological infrastructure that will train Early Stage Researchers (ESR) to conduct top-notch research in leading academic institutions, hospitals and industry R&D divisions. During the research there will be strong emphasis on career development and on achieving impact. PARENT multidisciplinary approach and technologies will make a critical contribution towards an open neurodevelopmental disease diagnostic software infrastructure by interlinking disciplines from clinical data, neuroimaging collection and processing, biomarkers, data fusion, machine learning applied to clinical data, novel prediction algorithms. PARENT approach can be included in the more general paradigm of evidence-based medicine, precision medicine and patient center-care, as well as decision support systems in clinical field.

PARENT offers in total 15 ESR/PhD research positions for 3 years (36 months), during which it is intended that a PhD project is started, provided positive evaluation. 


About the Organization Recruiting the ESR7

The University of Cádiz (UCA) is a young university with an European Seal of Excellence. UCA is a public institution committed with its environment, dedicated to generate, spread and transfer knowledge and culture, such as integral training of people and professionals. It distributes its academic and scientific work along its 4 campuses (Cádiz, Puerto Real, Jerez and Algeciras) with 15 centres (11 faculties and 4 colleges), 47 departments, more than 190 research groups and 6 research institutes develop here their activity. We will welcome 3 ESRs, in a lively team of driven researchers (informatics, data scientists, IoT and electronics engineers) and dedicated clinicians (child neurology, neuropsychological).


Position PARENT-ESR7: Machine Learning to identify significant biomarkers for early diagnose of NDD in premature infants

ESR7 position within PARENT project aims at developing AI/ML models to identify significant biomarkers for early diagnosis of NDD in premature infants. Specifically, the project will focus on the following objectives:

  1. Familiarization with the most common and cutting-edge statistical and ML techniques for health data analysis in this specific context.
  2. Developing and applying AI/ML methods based on heterogeneous data sources (features derived from images, clinical data, well-known genetics and molecular fingerprints related to NDD) in order to make more accurate predictions.
  3. Extending the developed approaches considering further information of related traits like congenital heart disease (CHD) to improve early diagnosis of NDD.
  4. International mobility of researchers is a key concept within the MSCA ETN framework. As such you participate in international meetings, workshops and a secondment programme.
  5. You want to tell the world about your novel findings with attractive posters, sparkling presentations and high quality papers.

More Information


  • Exciting multidisciplinary research in a collaborative network of top academic and industrial partners.
  • State-of-the-art computing infrastructure to support your research.
  • You will work in an industrial environment and gain industrial experience.
  • You will be enrolled in a PhD training programme at the University of Cádiz.
  • You will benefit from further continuing education through a dedicated training programme in the various fields of expertise of the consortium partners through secondments, trainings, and workshops.
  • Special focus on career development by offering training in transferable skills such as project management, communication skills, grant writing, exploitation of results, etc.
  • The fellowship is awarded for a period of 3 years.
  • You will benefit of a regular employment contract. The candidate will have to live in Cádiz (Spain) for the 3 years of employment.
  • Competitive salary (39.240 EUR/year with a 95.4% correction factor for Spain), plus mobility allowance (7.200 EUR/year) and family allowance (if applicable, 6.000 EUR/year). This gross salary is subject to local tax, social benefit and other deductions following applicable national regulations of the country in which the researcher is recruited.

Selection process

The following documents must be sent as pdf files IN A SINGLE EMAIL to these email addresses ignacio.turias@uca.es and durda@ubu.es:

  1. Motivation Letter (max 2 pages).
  2. Declaration to fulfill ESR Eligibility criteria of the Marie-Sklodowska Curie programme (fill and sign attached PDF file).
  3. Two reference contacts (Name, Surname, Role, Organization, Email). Reference contacts might be contacted to by the Organization/Company to provide a reference letter.
  4. A CV in European format (Europass).
  5. A copy of a valid ID document (passport or other).
  6. Copies of educational certificates and transcript of records (course transcripts). Add any other document which supports your CV. The originals might be asked during the selection process.

The selection procedure will be based on four steps:

The selection procedure will be based on the following steps:

  1. preliminary compliance check with the MSCA eligibility criteria and the specific requirements of the ESR project (degree, specific mandatory skills, specific requirements). Incorrect or lacking documentation may invalidate the recruitment procedure.
  2. screening of all the applications received and candidate shortlisting based on CV, academic transcripts, reference letters, cover letter and relevance for the research project.
  3. interview (Skype or other) of shortlisted candidates. In any case you receive a feedback of your application.
  4. final selection and ranking of suitable candidates and identification of the successful candidate.

UCA wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and we welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background. The selection will be exclusively based on qualification without regard to gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, or age.

Additional comments

Statement Regarding Data Protection

You share your information with us for the sole purpose of assessing the requirements for the selection process regarding the present ESR position. We respect that information, and we are careful to comply with our obligations under data protection laws while processing your application, in particular the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2016/679. Your data will not be disclosed to any third party, other than the ESR selection committee defined by the organization/company you are applying to. You have the right to obtain without undue delay: the rectification of inaccurate personal data concerning you (art. 16 of the GDPR); the erasure of personal data concerning you (art. 16 of the GDPR); right to obtain restriction of processing (art. 18 of the GDPR). By submitting your application, you agree to these terms.

Offer Requirements

    Computer science: Master Degree or equivalent
    ENGLISH: Excellent


  • Academic Degree [1]:
    • Bachelor’s or Engineering Degrees in Computer Engineering, Telecommunication Engineering, Electronics, Bioinformatics, Computational Biology or related fields.
    • Master’s Degree in Computer Engineering, Information and Telecommunications Technology (ICT), Information Technologies, Data Science, Telecommunications or related fields.
  • Proven skills (courses, work experience, research projects) with data science related tools like:
    • Machine learning: supervised, unsupervised and reinforcement learning.
    • Computer vision: image processing, segmentation, etc.
    • Data science: full pipeline (data collection, pre-processing, model training and evaluation).
    • Precision or personalized medicine: clinical information and any -omic data.
    • Computational biology: gene interaction networks, protein-protein interaction networks, etc.
  • Additional qualifications:
    • Data science tools: MATLAB, R, Python.
    • Statistical modelling.
  • In view of the international context, proficiency in the English language is mandatory (B1 or higher).

[1] To be included in the doctorate program (University of Cadiz), candidates must fulfil the criteria established in the doctorate program in their current institution. Usually, a completed course requires at least 300 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits are second-cycle (Master Degree).

Specific Requirements

ESR Eligibility Criteria of the Marie-Sklodowska Curie Programme

The applicants can be of any nationality. There are specific criteria the applicant must fulfill to be eligible, as follows:

  • At the time of recruitment, the researcher must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account.
  • ESR Candidates must be, at the time of recruitment by the host organization, in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers and have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree. This is measured from the date when they obtained the Master’s degree that would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate.
  • Applicants are not eligible if they have already been awarded a PhD.


Basic Duties and Responsabilities of the ESR

The ESR will be required to work exclusively on the MSCA ITN programme (PARENT-ETN). In all cases, all duties and responsibilities will be clearly outlined in the researchers Personal Career Development Plan, as determined in the early stages of the project between the ESR and supervisors.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Polytechnic School of Engineering
Av. Ramón Puyol, s/n

EURAXESS offer ID: 651376


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