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Post-doc in Bioinformatics

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Bioinformatics of RNA Structure and Transcriptome Regulation

The Bioinformatics Group of Prof. I. Meyer at the BIMSB and MDC in Berlin is seeking to recruit a post-doctoral researcher 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 and a published track record 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: proven ability to publish research in international, high-ranking research journals, 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:
– PhD 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
– command-line 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
– published track record in computational method development

Desired requirements:

  • prior experience analysing RNA-seq transcriptome data

(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)
  • names and contact details of 3 referees

(2) Please get 3 letters of recommendation to be sent directly to by the application deadline indicating the job registration number in the subject line.

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


Re-numeration according to German TVöD and experience. (Bund) E13, depending on qualification

Start date

as soon as possible


The position is initially offered for 2 years.

Application Period

Friday, 16. August 2019


For further information, contact Irmtraud Meyer ( and see