2022-05400 - Post-Doctoral Research Visit F/M Subgroup discovery for profiling drug response to chemotherapy combinations

Contract type : Fixed-term contract

Renewable contract : Oui

Level of qualifications required : PhD or equivalent

Fonction : Post-Doctoral Research Visit


We are seeking for a candidate for a 2-year postdoc funded by the CombO research project, in collaboration with the Health Data Hub and Centre Léon Bérard (CLB) in Lyon. 


The postdoc will join the HeKA team (Inria, Inserm, Univ. Paris Cité, https://team.inria.fr/heka/), located in Paris (PariSanté Campus, https://goo.gl/maps/eW55zuHd2ggt2Q4Z9).


The postdoc will be hired by Inria Paris and will be paid following Inria salary policy. 


Keywords :

*representation learning with knowledge graphs

*unsupervised learning for subgroup discovery

*applications to biomedicine


The associated research project concerns knowledge discovery from healthcare data, in particular discovery of subgroups of patients answering homogeneously to chemotherapy combinations.

It includes :

a-the representation of clinical and omics data in a knowledge graph [1,2];

b-the linkage of these data to ontologies and other knowledge graphs relevant to oncology;

c-propose unsupervised methods for the discovery of subgroups whose treatment effect is distinct [3].

d-implement these methods on real-world data.

Regarding the methods, we would like to deepen the learning of representation from knowledge graphs and ontologies, for example with GCNs, which allow to learn graph embeddings. These representations can be used to define a clustering task in the representation space of embeddings [4]. From these representations we aim to identify groups in which the level of response to treatment is homogeneous within a group, but possibly heterogeneous between groups [5].


References : 

[1] Xiao, G., Pfaff, E., Prud'hommeaux, E., Booth, D., Sharma, D.K., Huo, N., Yu, Y., Zong, N., Ruddy, K.J., Chute, C.G. and Jiang, G., 2022. FHIR-Ontop-OMOP: Building clinical knowledge graphs in FHIR RDF with the OMOP Common data Model. Journal of Biomedical Informatics, 134, p.104201.


[2] Jacobsen, J.O., Baudis, M., Baynam, G.S., Beckmann, J.S., Beltran, S., Buske, O.J., Callahan, T.J., Chute, C.G., Courtot, M., Danis, D. and Elemento, O., 2022. The GA4GH Phenopacket schema defines a computable representation of clinical data. Nature biotechnology, 40(6), pp.817-820. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41587-022-01357-4

[3] Vernerey, C., Loudni, S., Aribi, N. and Lebbah, Y., 2022, July. Threshold-free Pattern Mining Meets Multi-Objective Optimization: Application to Association Rules. In IJCAI-ECAI 2022. https://www.ijcai.org/proceedings/2022/0261

[4] Monnin, P., Raïssi, C., Napoli, A. and Coulet, A., 2022. Discovering alignment relations with Graph Convolutional Networks: A biomedical case study. Semantic Web, 13(3): 379-398. https://content.iospress.com/articles/semantic-web/sw210452

[5] Gong, X., Hu, M., Basu, M. and Zhao, L., 2021. Heterogeneous treatment effect analysis based on machine‐learning methodology. CPT: pharmacometrics & systems pharmacology, 10(11), pp.1433-1443. https://ascpt.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/psp4.12715

Main activities


The postdoc will be in charge first of data preparation, including clinic and genetic data linking with knowledge graphs and domain ontologies; 

and of proposing and exploring subgroup discovery approaches to highlight sets of patients responding differently to various combinations of chemotherapeutic molecules.



Appreciated skills: 

Knowledge discovery, knowledge graph, representation learning, unsupervised learning, subgroup discovery, healthcare data, causality. 

Python, RDF, Spraql

Communication, scientific writing



Enthusiastic about Computer Science research

Deep interest in medical applications of Computer Science

Benefits package

  • Subsidized meals
  • Partial reimbursement of public transport costs
  • Leave: 7 weeks of annual leave + 10 extra days off due to RTT (statutory reduction in working hours) + possibility of exceptional leave (sick children, moving home, etc.)
  • Possibility of teleworking and flexible organization of working hours
  • Professional equipment available (videoconferencing, loan of computer equipment, etc.)
  • Social, cultural and sports events and activities
  • Access to vocational training