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We are seeking a highly motivated bioinformatics PhD student to work on computational analysis of omics data, with a particular emphasis on bacteriophage communities. The research focus in our lab is on the interaction of bacteria and viruses (phages). As pioneers in the development of “metaviromics” which involves isolating and sequencing the RNA/DNA from all of the viruses in sample directly, we query 'wild' viral populations to identify important hypotheses that can be evaluated using model-system approaches.

PhD Position in Bioinformatics (f/m/d) 100116

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Your responsibilities

    The successful applicant will be involved in the development and the use of new methods and tools for handling, analyzing and interpreting microbial and viral metagenomic sequencing data, as well as further development and/or application of multiomics (metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, and metabolomics) intergradation.

    Related publication: Dzunkova M, Low SJ, Daly JN, Deng L, RinkeC, Hugenholtz P. Defining the human gut host-phage network through single-cell viral tagging. (2019) Nature Microbiology. Elbehery AHA, Feichtmayer J, Singh D, Griebler C & Deng L. The Human Virome Protein Cluster Database (HVPC): A Human Viral Metagenomic Database for Diversity and Function Annotation. (2018). Frontiers in Microbiology Deng L, Ignacio-Espinoza JS, Gregory A, Poulos PT, Weitz JS, Hugenholtz P, Sullivan MB. (2014) Viral tagging reveals discrete populations in Synechococcus viral genome sequence space, Nature.

Your qualification

  • Recent master in Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, (environmental) genomics, or a related field 
  • Experience in any of the following areas: viral genomics, metagenomics, microbial ecology
  • Strong experience in scripting tools (e.g. Perl or Python) in order to mine data files
  • Good experience with processing and analysis of genomic/metagenomic data using compute clusters / high-performance computing
  • Good experience with using standard bioinformatics tools and databases programming (e.g. SQL)
  • Good experience with using analytic tools (e.g. R or Matlab)
  • Fluency in English both spoken and written
  • Knowledge Biology/Biochemistry and understanding of key and complex biological concepts (genes, pathways, microbial phylogeny and microbial ecology.)
  • Ability to independently carry out creative research with tenacity and of the highest quality standards
  • At least one first author paper in an international peer reviewed journal

What we offer you

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compatibility of private life & work Image
flexible working hours, flexitime, without core times
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Munich, with its numerous lakes and its vicinity to the Alps, is considered to be one of the cities with the best quality of life worldwide. With its first-class universities and research institutes it offers an intellectually stimulating environment.

Remuneration and social benefits are based on the collective wage agreement for public-sector employees at federal level (EG 13 50% TV EntgO Bund). In addition, there is also the possibility of granting an allowance amounting to 15% if the necessary conditions are fulfilled. The position is (initially) limited to three years, but under certain circumstances an extension can be arranged.

To promote diversity, we welcome applications from talented people regardless of cultural background, nationality, ethnicity, gender and sexual identity, physical abilities, religion and age. Qualified applicants with physical disabilities will be given preference.

If you have further questions, simply contact Dr. Li Deng,, who will be happy to be of assistance.
Helmholtz Zentrum München
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Gesundheit und Umwelt (GmbH)
Institut für Virologie
Ingolstädter Landstraße 1

85764 Neuherberg near Munich

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