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Postdoc (Bioinformatics / Microbial genome evolution)

Advertising institute: IBG-1 - Biotechnology
Reference number: 2017-270

The successful candidate will work in an ERC funded project (ERC starting grant “Pro_Phage”) and will be part of a Helmholtz research group located at the Institute of Bio- and Geosciences - Biotechnology (IBG-1) of the Forschungszentrum Jülich. Current projects of the group focus on phage-host regulatory interaction and the integration of prophage elements in host networks. Forschungszentrum Jülich is a member of the Helmholtz association and is one of the largest research centres in Europe. The Institute of Bio- and Geosciences - Biotechnology (IBG-1) performs research in the field of molecular and applied microbiology. Major topic is the development of bacteria as biocatalysts for production of industrially or pharmaceutically relevant products from renewable carbon sources.

We are looking to recruit as soon as possible a

Postdoc (Bioinformatics / Microbial genome evolution)

Your Job:

We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to perform comparative phage and prophage genomics to study genome evolution and (pro-)phage-host interaction. Furthermore, the candidate will be involved in the integrative analysis on large genomic datasets which are generated using state-of-the-art sequencing techniques. The applicant will have ample opportunities to work with experimentalists to validate and address resulting findings.

Your Profile:

  • Master's degree and PhD (or equivalent) in bioinformatics, microbiology, genomics, computer science, Engineering or related fields
  • Good understanding of molecular and microbiology
  • Strong programming skills in at least one scripting language (Python, Perl, etc.) and R
  • Previous experience working with large-scale biological data sets, NGS data, etc. is a strong plus
  • Candidates should have a high motivation to succeed in science but it is also crucial that they are kind, efficient and reliable team players
  • Strong English writing and communication skills

Our Offer:

  • Working in an interdisciplinary environment as well as excellent facilities for biologic and biotechnological research.
  • A comprehensive training and mentoring programme
  • A comprehensive further training programme, including English language courses
  • Flexible working hours and various opportunities to reconcile work and family life
  • Limited for 2,5 years
  • Salary and social benefits in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD).


Forschungszentrum Jülich aims to employ more women in this area and therefore particularly welcomes applications from women.

We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

We look forward to receiving your application, preferably online via our online recruitment system on our career site until 07.12.2017, quoting the above-mentioned reference number.

Contact person IBG-1: Prof. Dr. Julia Frunzke (+49 2461 61 5430)

Contact Human Resource Development and Recruiting
Henning Eggert
Tel.:+49 2461 61 9700


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