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The Methods and Algorithms for Bioinformatics (MAB) team at the computer science department of the University of Montpellier, France (the LIRMM) is looking for talented individuals to fill an 18-months postdoctoral position. The successful candidate will work on a novel and promising approach for the identification of the species behind the DNA found in an environmental sample. The originality of the approach lies in the application within evolutionary analyses of ideas from string algorithmics that avoid the computationally-intensive task of sequence alignment. A detailed description of the research project can be found here: https://sites.google.com/site/fabiopardi/postdocs.
 
The applicant should have a background in bioinformatics with an emphasis on algorithmic and software developments for biological sequence analysis and computational genomics. Previous research experience in one of the following topics in bioinformatics will be considered as an advantage: genome assembly, metagenomics, alignment-free sequence analysis, algorithms and data structures for biological strings, molecular evolution, computational phylogenetics. Regardless of her/his background, the applicant’s past research should show a strong motivation towards solving biologically-relevant problems in a rigorous way, using state-of-the-art techniques and/or developing novel methodologies. Good programming skills, as well as an ability for autonomous work, are essential.
 
Interested applicants should send a CV, and a brief description of research accomplishments and goals to F. Pardi (Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!) and E. Rivals (Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!). Applicants should have been awarded a Ph.D. within the last 4 years or should be graduating imminently. Successful candidates are required to start by 1 October 2018 at the latest. The salary for the position is about 2,200 euros net per month plus benefits.
 
A one-thousand-year-old city, Montpellier is a thriving research community with a multitude of research centers in life sciences. It is the fastest growing city in France where approximately one third of the population are students, and a great location for outdoor activities. The LIRMM is one of the most visible computer science laboratories in France.