The subinstitute Bioinformatics is offering a

PhD Position - Bioinformatic Analysis of Genomes and Transcriptomes for Lupin Breeds


Would you like to contribute to sustainable plant use through your work? Then the newly founded Department of Bioinformatics (IBG-4) at the Institute of Biosciences and Geosciences is the right place for you. The team of Prof. Usadel works on and develops methods and algorithms to achieve a fundamental understanding of high-dimensional data and processes in the bio-economy, focusing on research data management and data integration, among other things. As part of the BioSC project P3roLucas (, researchers from different disciplines will introduce lupin as superior crop to North-Rhine Westphalia ́s agriculture. Within this project, IBG-4 is responsible for the bioinformatic analysis of genome and transcriptome data.

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Your Job:

  • Further development of MapMan for Fabaceae
  • Establishment of de novo genomes and transcriptome for lupin breeds
  • Comparative RNASeq analysis for the analysis of transcriptional responses towards bio stimuli
  • Correlation of quinolizidine alkaloids biosynthesis genes with alkaloid profiles

Your Profile:

  • Master’s degree in biology or bioinformatic or similar with experience in the relevant field
  • Experience with the processing and analysis of next generation sequencing data (genome, transcriptome)
  • Good experience in Scripting a scientific programming language, e.g. R or Python
  • Experience with Linux operating system
  • Good experience in the handling of plant material and with the isolation of DNA as well as RNA is a plus
  • Experience in data visualization is desirable
  • Good organizational skills and the ability to work independently
  • Very good cooperation and communication skills and ability to work as part of a distributed team in an international and interdisciplinary environment
  • Excellent communication skills in English are mandatory

Our Offer:

We work on the very latest issues that impact our society and are offering you the chance to actively help in shaping the change! We offer ideal conditions for you to complete your doctoral degree:

  • Interdisciplinary Data Science and applied bioinformatics in a highly productive research project
  • Part-time position with 19,5 hours per week and a flexible working time arrangement
  • Flexible work (location) arrangements, e.g. remote work
  • Further development of your personal strengths, e.g. through an extensive range of training courses; a structured program of continuing education and networking opportunities specifically for doctoral researchers via JuDocS, the Jülich Center for Doctoral Researchers and Supervisors:
  • Targeted services for international employees, e.g. through our International Advisory Service

The position is for a fixed term of 3 years. Pay in line with 65% of pay group 13 of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD-Bund) and additionally 60 % of a monthly salary as special payment („Christmas bonus“). Further information on doctoral degrees at Forschungszentrum Jülich including our other locations is available at:

We welcome applications from people with diverse backgrounds, e.g. in terms of age, gender, disability, sexual orientation / identity, and social, ethnic and religious origin. A diverse and inclusive working environment with equal opportunities in which everyone can realize their potential is important to us.

We look forward to receiving your application by 15.8.2022

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Last Modified: 21.07.2022