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Ph.D. position in the Junker lab

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Quantitative Developmental Biology

We are seeking candidates for a Ph.D. student position in the Quantitative Developmental Biology group headed by Dr. Jan Philipp Junker at the Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology.
As a Ph.D. student in the Junker lab, you will work on quantitative problems in developmental biology that are driven by technological advances in single cell genomics and genome editing. Computational analysis of single cell genomics data poses many statistical and computational challenges such as high dimensionality and sparse coverage of gene expression in single cells. You will apply and develop computational tools that are needed to analyze high-dimensional gene expression data. You will address the question of how to extract information about cell fate decisions from single cell genomics data, using methods such as pseudo-temporal ordering of single cell expression profiles. Furthermore, you will integrate analysis of single cell transcriptomics data with other experimental parameters such as lineage information and genotype.


Requirements and Background

You should apply if you have a strong academic background and a Master’s degree in bioinformatics, computer science, statistics, physics, or a related quantitative discipline. You should be interested in gene expression analysis, single cell genomics, and machine learning approaches for large data sets in the life sciences. The Junker lab combines experimental and theoretical methods. While the open position is focused on computational approaches, you should be interested in collaborating closely with experimental colleagues. As we communicate and perform research in English, no prior knowledge of German is needed.

You can expect

  • to collaborate with talented and enthusiastic experimental and computational colleagues
  • to perform research at a welcoming and internationally renowned institute that is embedded in Berlin’s thriving academic environment
  • to participate in a wide array of seminars, conferences, retreats, workshops, career- development courses, and social activities
  • to live in a cosmopolitan city with rich cultural offerings

How to apply

Please send the following information combined into a single file to

  • a statement of interest
  • curriculum vitae with names and contact information of two academic referees
  • copy of your Master’s degree certificate and transcript

As we seek to increase the number of women in computational disciplines, we explicitly encourage women to apply. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our institution.

THE DEADLINE FOR COMPLETE APPLICATIONS IS AUGUST 31, 2018. Interviews are expected to take place in September and October 2018.

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Start date

earliest start date: October 2018


initially for 3 years

Application Period


Interviews are expected to take place in September and October 2018.

Further Information


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