Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, Cologne
Type of Job: Scientist
Postdoctoral Position – Bioinformatics
The Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing in Cologne invites applications for a Postdoctoral Position in Bioinformatics.
The Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing was founded in 2008 for the purpose of understanding fundamental mechanisms of healthy ageing. It is part of a broad network of research institutions in the Cologne-Bonn area dedicated to research on ageing and age-related disease, including the CECAD Cluster of Excellent in the University of Cologne, constituting a vibrant and collaborative environment for research.
Equipped with state-of-the-art technology and excellent core facilities, to which the successful candidate would have access, the institute provides outstanding research opportunities for its scientists. At the moment, we host employees from 34 different nations.
We seek a talented, dynamic, highly motivated young scientist to join our research group ‘Chromatin and Ageing’ headed by Dr. Peter Tessarz. We are interested in applicants with a strong background in the analysis of Next Generation Sequencing data. This position will allow for the development of own research directions and thus, would be most suitable for candidates interested in pursuing a scientific career.
The person appointed will have a Ph.D. or equivalent in a biological, computational or mathematical subject. Applicants with a background in biology are expected to demonstrate a solid understanding of molecular biology and experience of computational techniques used in the analysis of biological data. Applicants from computational or mathematical backgrounds are expected to demonstrate applied computational experience along with demonstrable knowledge and experience of biological research. Applicants from both backgrounds should have a good understanding of statistical methods and their application to large datasets.
Expertise in the analysis of NGS using available R-packages (e.g. Bioconductor) is essential, knowledge of programming languages such as Python is a bonus as is previous experience in analyzing Hi-C/4C data. The working language is English.
The successful candidate will join an enthusiastic, international and collaborative team in an excellent scientific environment. The group uses molecular biology, biochemistry and a variety of high throughput technologies (e.g. proteomics, metabolomics, RNA-seq, ChIP-seq, NET-seq) in S. cerevisiae, murine embryonic and somatic stem cells to investigate links between chromatin plasticity and transcriptional regulation in the context of ageing.
The employment contract will be based on contracts for the civil service (TVöD-Bund, Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst) and will initially be time limited until 31st August 2019.
Applications should include a cover letter describing your interest in this position, a short research statement and plans for your future career. Please attach your Curriculum Vitae including publications, scientific achievements, certificates and contact information for 2-3 references. This document should be uploaded as one single pdf-file using our application website until 19th November 2017.
The Max Planck Society is committed to employ more disabled individuals and especially encourages them to apply. We also seek to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and particularly encourage them to apply.
Informal enquiries are welcome and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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