Helmholtz Zentrum München is a research center with the mission to discover personalized medical solutions for the prevention and therapy of environmentally triggered diseases and promote a healthier society in a rapidly changing world.

At our institute you will find a scientifically stimulating international environment. Together with renowned scientists and supported by an excellent infrastructure you will have the opportunity to make an important contribution for a healthier society.

We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral scientist to join the Helmholtz Young Investigator Group “Immunogenomics“ led by Dr. Sarah Kim-Hellmuth. The group integrates state-of-the-art genomic and functional genetic approaches to characterize the genetic basis of human immune response variation to advance our understanding of disease-associated variants and answer questions of genome function plasticity that is shaped by gene-by-environment interactions. You will work on a recently funded project aimed at uncovering genetic variants that regulate the in vivo immune response to yellow fever vaccination using multi-omics readouts (in particular long-read sequencing technology) to study their role in complex disease associations. You will be part of a growing, interdisciplinary team of postdocs and students from the medical and the data science field. With a dual affiliation at the Institute of Translational Genomics (ITG) of the Helmholtz Zentrum München as well at the Department of Pediatrics at the Dr. von Hauner Children’s Hospital, LMU Munich you will be embedded and collaborate in a wide scientific network of data scientists, immunologists and clinicians to advance our understanding of the human immune system and its genetic regulation.

The Helmholtz Young Investigator Group led by Dr. Sarah Kim-Hellmuth offers a

Postdoc - Statistical Geneticist (f/m/x) 100869

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Your responsibilities

  • Analyzing large genomic datasets including multi-omics (e.g. genome, transcriptome, proteome), GWAS (e.g. GWAS Catalog, UK Biobank) and reference datasets (e.g. ENCODE, Ensembl)
  • Taking the lead in data processing, statistical analysis, interpretation and development of the project
  • Contribute and create a healthy and inclusive group atmosphere by working collaboratively with all team members
  • Assisting in the training and supervision of students
  • Scientific writing (co-develop applications for fellowships and grants) and presenting results at internal meetings and international conferences
  • Developing your own ideas and projects to apply for independent research funding over time is highly encouraged

Your qualifications

  • PhD in statistical genetics/bioinformatics/computational biology or related field
  • Enthusiasm for human genetics and immunology
  • Excellence in working with large genomic and transcriptomic data sets (diverse technologies) and corresponding statistical genetics analyses (QTL mapping, fine-mapping, meta-analysis, GWAS, MR, colocalization)
  • Sound working knowledge in the use of programming languages (e.g. R, Python), Unix, HPC environments (SLURM, LSF) and container software (Docker, Singularity)
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to work with colleagues from different disciplines
  • Proficient English language skills (both written and spoken)

What we offer you

continuous education and training
work-life balance
flexible working hours & time off in lieu
30 days annual leave
on-site health management service
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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 world-leading research institutions it offers an intellectually stimulating environment.

Remuneration and social benefits are based on the collective wage agreement for public-sector employees at federal level (TV EntgO Bund). The position is (initially) limited to 2-year contract with possibility of extension up to 4 years.

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.
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If you have further questions, simply contact Dr. Iris Fischer,, +49-89-3187-3822, who will be happy to be of assistance.
Helmholtz Zentrum München
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Gesundheit und Umwelt (GmbH)
Institute of Translational Genomics
Ingolstädter Landstraße 1

85764 Oberschleißheim

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