- Published: Wednesday, 02 May 2018 11:36
The Department for Applied Bioinformatics in the Institute for Cell Biology and Neuroscience, faculty for biosciences, Goethe-university Frankfurt, is offering a
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in the project: “Evolution and function of species interaction networks on the example of pioneering species”. The position is available from 1st July 2018 for 3 years.
The project is embedded into the newly established LOEWE Centre for Translational Biodiversity Genomics, a joint venture of the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN), Goethe-University Frankfurt, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen and Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME aiming to intensify biodiversity genomics in basic and applied research.
The association of organisms in symbiotic communities is an evolutionarily highly successful concept to optimally exploit available resources in a habitat. However, we are only at the beginning of comprehending nature and extent of the organismic interaction, its molecular basis, as well as its consequences for the evolution of molecular function. In many cases, this is due to the complexity of the ecological niche a symbiotic community is embedded in, which harbors a plethora of species and provides a highly diverse spectrum of resources. A precise delineation of the symbiotic community often hard, preventing a mechanistic understanding of the symbiosis and of the resulting synergies. In this project, we overcome these obstacles by concentrating on pioneering communities, i.e. meta-organisms that are among the first to conquer a new, and often extreme, habitat, such as bare rock or lava fields. On the basis of the newly determined genome sequences of the individual symbionts, we will annotate and analyze the encoded protein interaction networks, and their integration across the symbiotic partners. A comparison to the results obtained from characterizing closely related species without a pioneering status is bound to shed light on the evolutionary trajectory that adapted a species to an extreme environment.
- PhD in Bioinformatics, Evolutionary Biology or related subjects
- experience and solid understanding of comparative genomics or evolutionary biology research
- experience with de novo assembly of eukaryotic genomes and transcriptomes
- programming skills in at least one of the following languages: Python, Perl, Java, C, C++, R.
With its around 46,000 students and 4,600 employees, the Goethe University in Frankfurt is the largest university in the state of Hessen and an internationally renowned, important regional employer. Numerous quality and performance oriented internal reforms have been initiated in the recent years. The reorganized campuses for natural sciences and humanities offer an ideal environment for research and education. Since 2008, the Goethe University is a foundation under public law and enjoys full administrative autonomy.
The fixed-term employment of the academic staff is subject to the provisions of the Temporary Science Employment Law (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz) and the Hessian Higher Education Act (Hessisches Hochschulgesetz).
The University advocates gender equality and therefore strongly encourages women to apply. People with disabilities are given preference if equally qualified.