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PhD position in Bioinformatics

Job Code

11002

Department

RNA Structure and Transcriptome Regulation

The Bioinformatics Group of Prof. I. Meyer at the BIMSB and MDC in Berlin is seeking to recruit a PhD student in Bioinformatics. Our goal is to discover new mechanisms of transcriptome regulation in diverse biological settings with a particular emphasis on mechanisms involving RNA-structures or trans RNA-RNA interactions. To this end, we develop new computational methods and algorithms to analyze large-scale transcriptome data (e.g. RNA-seq). Our methods employ a variety of machine learning techniques and new probabilistic models. We work in close collaboration with several experimental research groups to investigate a diverse range of exciting biological systems.

The applicant: We are looking for an enthusiastic and ambitious new team member with proven skills in computational method development and machine learning and a keen interest in analyzing mechanisms of transcriptome regulation involving RNA structures or trans RNA-RNA interactions.
The key attributes sought are: ability to work alone and as part of a team, excellent attention to detail, excellent problem solving skills, and the desire to learn and improve. Furthermore: excellent communication skills in English (orally and in writing), time management to deadlines, and ability to work in an international and multi-disciplinary, scientific environment.

Requirements

Essential requirements:
–-MSc or equivalent in Computer Science, Bioinformatics or a related, quantitative field (Mathematics, Physics, Statistics, Bioengineering)
-- excellent skills in object-oriented programming (C++, Java) and R
-- strong background in machine learning and computational method development
– experience working in a Unix-based environment and with high-performance compute clusters
-- ability to write, modify and document complex source code
-- excellent communication skills in English (oral and written)
– proven ability to communicate scientific ideas and research results
-- keen interest in understanding transcriptome regulation

Desired requirements:

  • prior experience analysing RNA-seq transcriptome data
  • expertise in virology or microbiology

The MDC is an equal opportunity employer and supports gender equality.


Salary

Remuneration according to German TVöD/Bund E13 (50% in first year, 65% in subsequent years).


Start date

as soon as possible


Limitation

The position is initially offered for 3 years, with the possibility for a further extension.


Application Period

Friday, 30. November 2018


Further Information


Contact

For further information, contact Irmtraud Meyer ( irmtraud.meyer@mdc-berlin.de) and see www.mdc-berlin.de/meyer


Postal address

How to apply:
(1) Please submit your complete application as a single pdf-file by email to <jobs@mdc-berlin.de> with the job registration number in the subject line including
• a cover letter including a summary of your present and future research interests
• CV
• complete set of all university certificates and transcripts (including grades)
• recent certificate of English language proficiency (IELTS or TOEFL) for non-English native speakers
• names and contact details of 2 or more referees
(2) Please get 2 or more letters of recommendation to be sent directly to
<jobs@mdc-berlin.de> by the application deadline indicating the job registration number in the subject line.