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RNA Structure and Transcriptome Regulation

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Our group develops dedicated computational methods for investigating how RNA structural features and RNA-RNA interactions regulate the expression of protein-coding and non-coding genes.

Our primary focus are the transcriptomes of eukaryotic model organisms such as the fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster), the mouse (Mus musculus) and the human (Homo sapiens).

For this, we aim to combine computational analyses developed by us with large scale data sets generated using state-of-the-art high-throughput sequencing and investigation protocols.

Team

Research

We develop dedicated computational methods and algorithms for investigating how RNA structural features and RNA-RNA interactions regulate the expression of protein-coding and non-coding genes.

Our primary focus are the transcriptomes of eukaryotic model organisms such as the fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster), the mouse (Mus musculus) and the human (Homo sapiens). To investigate those, we combine computational analysis pipelines developed by us with large scale data sets generated using state-of-the-art high-throughput sequencing and investigation protocols.

Publications

Recruiting

We are a new Bioinformatics research group at the MDC. We develop our own computational methods and algorithms to tackle biologically interesting question, typically by studying large-scale data set as they emerge using state-of-the-art technologies.

We are now recruiting:

  • new PhD students
  • new postdocs

for start any time now.

PhD students

We are recruiting PhD students

We are currently recruiting for PhD students starting any time now. We do research in Bioinformatics and develop our own computational methods and algorithms to tackle biologically interesting question, typically by studying large-scale data set as they emerge using state-of-the-art technologies. We work on Linux machines and a high-performance computer cluster.

We are keen to hear from you if you have:

  • an M.Sc. in computer science, bioinformatics, statistics, mathematics, biochemistry, chemistry or bioengineering
  • existing research experience (M.Sc. thesis)
  • strong programming skills (C++, Java)
  • experience working under Linux
  • prior training and/or strong interest in machine learning techniques
  • keen interest in investigating biological systems and high-throughput data
  • strong oral and written command of the English language
  • enjoy interacting with scientists from other disciplines

That said, there is no fixed set of requirements, we enjoy working with a mix of students with different scientific backgrounds and every application is considered on a case-by-case basis. To apply, send me an email attaching:

  • CV
  • university transcripts
  • summary information on your MSc thesis
  • names and contact details of 2-3 reference letter writers
  • a brief statement (1 pages is fine) explaining your motivation and mid-term goals

New PhD students:

  • can start at any time during the year,
  • register with a university (typically the Free University of Berlin with me as the primary PhD supervisor, see for details) and
  • become graduate students of the MDC graduate school,
  • are funded directly by the supervisor (me) or other sources and
  • have to complete their PhD in three years (the maximum time is four including extensions).

Once a year, the MDC invites PhD applications to its MDC graduate school via an annual call. This gives you the chance to:

  • apply to one or more prospective MDC supervisors at the same time,
  • secure one of the centrally MDC-funded, 3-year PhD positions and
  • visit the MDC in Berlin during the interview week if you make it to the final round.

Postdocs

We are recruiting postdocs

We are currently recruiting post-docs starting any time now. We do research in Bioinformatics and develop our own computational methods and algorithms to tackle biologically interesting question, typically by studying large-scale data set as they emerge using state-of-the-art technologies. We work on Linux machines and a high-performance computer cluster.

We are particularly keen to hear from you if you have:

  • a PhD in quantitative data analyses, algorithm design, machine learning or software development
  • strong programming skills (C++, Java)
  • experience working under Linux
  • strong analytical skills and sound background in statistics
  • interest or, ideally, prior experience analysing high-throughput data sets (RNA-seq)
  • strong interest in investigating biological systems
  • very good written and oral communication skills in English
  • interest in working with researchers on an international and interdisciplinary research campus
That said, there is no fixed set of requirements, we enjoy working with people from different scientific backgrounds and every application is considered on a case-by-case basis. To apply, send me an email attaching:
  • information on yourself (i.e. CV, publications etc)
  • names and contact details of 3 reference writers
  • a brief statement (1 pages is fine) explaining your motivation and mid-term goals and how they relate to what we do

Interns and guests

If you want to join us as a guest scientist or intern

If you want to join our group as a visiting scientist or intern, whether for a short or a long time, feel free to simply please email me including:

  • information on yourself (e.g. CV)
  • your reason for joining us
  • information on the desired duration of your stay and the start date

A number of arrangements are possible, so please include all relevant information on yourself and your intended stay.