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PhD position: Data mining for biomedicine, Belgium

For Public Health and Primary Care, Campus Kulak Kortrijk, we are looking for a PhD student in data mining for biomedicine.

PhD position: Data mining for biomedicine

The 'Data mining for biomedicine and epidemiology' research group is specialised in developing algorithms to search for patterns in large (bio)medical datasets, in order to generate or confirm important research hypotheses. This young and dynamic research team is embedded in the Biomedical Sciences group at Kulak, which counts more than 60 staff members and 300 students. Kulak is a bachelor campus of KU Leuven in Kortrijk. It is characterised by its interdisciplinary environment, where innovative research is conducted at an international level.


This PhD project aims at the construction of interpretable models to analyse gene expression data. Gene expression datasets are structured as a matrix of genes and patients and the matrix values represent how much a gene is 'switched on' in a patient sample. Often, background information on the genes and/or patients is available, and in this project we will incorporate this information in order to build accurate prediction or clustering models. The developed models will be as general as possible, so that they can include other dimensions, such as time or tissue, and so that they can be applied to other applications with similar data structures.

Besides doing research, the candidate is expected to participate in educational activities (participate in seminars, be involved in teaching,...).


  • You have a master degree in computer science, informatics, statistics, bioinformatics, computational biology, or equivalent, with excellent ('honors'-level) grades.
  • You have followed courses related to data mining or machine learning, and show a significant enthusiasm for, and knowledge of, this domain.
  • You are an experienced programmer in Java and Perl or Python. Familiarity with other languages, such as R, Matlab or C will be considered an asset.
  • You are interested in bioinformatics or biomedical research; you are motivated, curious and creative.
  • You have excellent oral and written communication skills, and have a good knowledge of English. Knowledge of Dutch will be considered an important asset.
  • You are able to work independently, as well as in team, and don't mind to travel occasionally (international congresses or study visits).


We offer full-time employment for a PhD researcher, starting between 1 September and 1 October 2015 ideally. The appointment will be for 1 year initially and can be extended after evaluation. The candidate will be expected to apply for a PhD grant with an external funder (FWO, IWT,...). While the candidate will be working at the campus in Kortrijk, (s)he will enter the doctoral program of the KU Leuven Doctoral School of Biomedical Sciences.

Further Information

Application Deadline : 12 June 2015

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