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Application deadline: 20th of August 2020


GATE institute “Big Data for Smart Society” is a research institute, established in 2019 in Sofia, Bulgaria as a joint initiative between Sofia University Bulgaria, Chalmers University of Technology and Chalmers Industrial Technology, Sweden. Its mission is to accelerate the Big Data and Artificial Intelligence research, innovation and education in collaboration with government, industry and society as a whole.

GATE is focused on developing research capacity in 4 Data Science areas:

  • Big Data Management
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Big Data Insight
  • Software Engineering for Big Data and AI

GATE will provide an attractive and stimulating research environment, an advanced infrastructure, including 3 Open Innovation Labs (Citi Living Lab, Digital Twin Lab, Visualization Lab) and holistic platform, integrating Big Data, IoT and AI emerging technologies. GATE offers diverse opportunities for career growth, fosters research freedom and provides maximum support for personal initiative.

GATE will create value and will accelerate innovation excellence into following strategic application themes:

  • Future Cities
  • Intelligent Government
  • Smart Industry
  • Digital Health

With respect to its planned intensive development in 2020, GATE Institute is looking for talented resеarchers for the following positions:


Common responsibilities:

  • Researches and analyzes the landscape of innovative approaches that could significantly contribute to scientific goals of GATE in the field of Digital Health;
  • Performs individual and collaborative research in the area of Big Data and AI applications to biomedical data;
  • Keeps up-to date with the research environment (for example funding bodies), identifies opportunities and contributes to project proposals preparation for research funding;
  • Leads and/or contributes to high quality publications;
  • Participates in interdisciplinary projects in collaboration between GATE and its partners;
  • Develops strong relationships with external key stakeholders, including project partners, industry, policy and other academic bodies and where appropriate represent the Institute;
  • Manages work package and tasks of GATE projects and contributes to projects coordination and management by providing direction, support and guidance;
  • Mentors less experienced teammates, helping them to be more effective and successful in their research trajectory;
  • Engages in continuous professional development and keeps up-to-date with latest Big Data and AI technology trends and their applications to biomedical data, takes ownership for and manages own career progression, sets realistic and achievable career goals;
  • Undertakes any other duties of equivalent standing as assigned by the Research Group leader.


One or more of the following responsibilities:

  • Takes part in the development of methods for analysing biomedical data by devising and implementing advanced Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Biostatistics, and information extraction and retrieval techniques;
  • Explores, proposes and validates new approaches and methods for engineering of Big Data and AI systems and Data Science projects.


Skills, experience and qualifications


  • A PhD Degree in Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, Statistics, Computer Science, Software Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Information systems, Informatics, Data Science, AI or related field or a Master’s Degree in the same areas plus a minimum of 4 years industry-based relevant research experience;
  • Experience in analyzing data from microarray experiments, Next Generation Sequencing experiments, longitudinal studies or health records;
  • Advanced programming skills in Python, R, Java, C++ or other programming languages;
  • Experience in participating in research projects, involving a wide variety of stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated ability to conceive, design, implement and adapt research programs; and to carry out research under minimal supervision;
  • A scientific contribution, through original research that extends the frontier of knowledge by developing a body of work, innovation or application, evidenced by publications, software output, technology transfers, etc.;
  • Proven ability of critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas;
  • Advanced communication, presentation and influencing skills, in order to be able to explain the value of their research to the research community;
  • Fluent English is a must.


Experience with one or more of the following:

  • Experience in utilizing Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning methods;
  • Experience in utilizing HPC resources for performing large-scale computations;



  • Experience in working with large, heterogeneous datasets in building and optimizing data pipelines, data integration and enrichment;


Our offer:

  • You will join and collaborate within a team of researchers, but will have the freedom to conduct research in any area within the scope and priorities of GATE, creating new visions for the future;
  • You will be provided with numerous opportunities for learning, knowledge exchange and career development, locally and internationally;
  • Your research will be supported by an advanced research infrastructure, comprising of the GATE platform and Open Innovation Labs;
  • You will have a flexible work schedule and, upon the move to the new premises of GATE – modern and appealing work environment, stirring up creativity and productivity;
  • You will be provided with competitive working conditions and salary commensurate with your skills and experience.


How to apply:

To apply for these positions, please send to career@gate-coe.eu:

  • A CV detailing previous employments and qualifications
  • A Personal letter of 1-2 pages where you:

- Introduce yourself

- Describe your past participation in research and main research results

- Describe your future goals and future research focus.

  • Copies of diplomas for completed education.
  • Copies of other diplomas and certificates of qualification.
  • Copies of documents certifying past work experience in the relevant field.


By applying for these positions, you voluntarily provide your personal data and consent to be processed for the purpose of recruitment and selection of personnel. The processing of your personal data shall be carried out in accordance with the requirements of Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (General Data Protection Regulation), the Personal Data Protection Law and related legal acts in Bulgaria.


Stages of the contest:

  1. The Selection Committee reviews the documents, submitted by the candidates and selects those meeting the requirements of the job, as described in the job profile.
  2. Till 27.08.2020 online interviews will be held with the selected applicants.
  3. All interviewed candidates will be notified in writing. The successful candidate will be offered a labor contract.


For additional information, please contact:

Prof. Sylvia Ilieva, Director, GATE


e-mail: sylvia@fmi.uni-sofia.bg

tel.: 02/971 04 00