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The Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) has an opening for a
Postdoctoral position - Bioinformatics for Next Generation Sequence Analysis
The Computational Biology for Infection Research (BIFO) Department of the HZI is offering a bioinformatics position at the advanced postdoctoral level.
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with Next Generation Sequence (NGS) experts and infection biologists.

Area of research
The BIFO lab is based at the Braunschweig Centre for Systems Biology (BRICS) on the campus of Technical University of Braunschweig.
Key aspect of the applicant’s work will be the evaluation and analysis of next-generation sequencing data in various research projects conducted with partners from HZI,
the Medical School Hannover (MHH) and within the German Centre for Infection Research (DZIF), ranging from RNA sequencing, epigenomics and metagenomics to
de novo sequencing and comparative resequencing of bacterial, viral and human genomes. A server based computational infrastructure is established.
Applicants are expected to continuously improve and newly establish pipelines for processing primary sequence reads,
generated for example by the lllumina Genome Analyzer or the Pacific Biosciences technology, to obtain user-friendly data output for the researchers.

We offer a challenging work environment in a multidisciplinary team, composed of bioinformaticians, molecular biologists, computer scientists, biochemists, biologists and medical scientists.


· PhD in bioinformatics, with proven publication record
· Familiarity with NGS analysis; experience with a scripting language like Perl/Python or Java/C
· Proficiency in major programming languages and in handling large datasets
· Ability to work independently and as part of a team, lead bioinformatics projects and supervise
  junior scientists
· High self-motivation and enthusiasm
· Excellent English communication skills (written and spoken)

Equal opportunities are part of our personnel policy – qualified women are especially invited to apply. Qualified applicants with a disability will be given preference.

Location                                Braunschweig (Germany)

Starting date                         As soon as possible.
Initial contract for 2 years.

Probation period                  6 months

Salary                                    TVöD E14

Published on                         13.02.2017

Closing date                          26.03.2017

Please send your application with a cover letter outlining briefly your research experience, motivation for applying for the position,
your scientific interests and a complete curriculum vitae, including a list of publications and academic references, referring to code 16/2017 to

Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research
Department of Human Resources
Inhoffenstrasse 7
38124 Braunschweig

or by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All documents and information should be provided in English.

For questions regarding the bioinformatics projects, please contact Prof. Alice McHardy  (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
Entitle your email with the subject line ‘DZIF postdoc application’.

The Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) is a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres,
the largest scientific organization in Germany. The HZI offers a unique research environment in the field of infection biology,
excellent state-of-the-art equipment, a stimulating scientific community and intensive training of scientific and personal skills.



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