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PhD position in Bioinformatics

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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.


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.


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

Start date

as soon as possible


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

Application Period

Friday, 30. November 2018

Further Information


For further information, contact Irmtraud Meyer ( and see

Postal address

How to apply:
(1) Please submit your complete application as a single pdf-file by email to <> 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
<> by the application deadline indicating the job registration number in the subject line.