Computational Biology Postdoc

Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics
Job Location: 
Dresden, Germany
full contract

full health care, pension

Job Description: 

Postdoc Position in Computational Biology

The Research Group “Computational Biology and Evolutionary Genomics” in Dresden, Germany has an opening for a Computational Biology Postdoc.

We are hiring for a specific project, where we aim at understanding the evolutionary mechanisms behind morphological phenotypic changes in vertebrates by combining de novo genome sequencing and assembly with experimental explorations of the regulatory landscape and computational data analysis. The computational Postdoc will work closely with an experimental Postdoc and will analyze the generated genomic and regulatory data to study how such phenotypic changes arose in evolution.


Applicants should have a degree in bioinformatics or computational biology and a strong publication record. Excellent programming skills (perl, python, C or C++) in a linux environment as well as experience with shell scripting and Unix tools are required. Previous experience in large-scale genomic data analysis is an advantage.

Contact Information: 

Applicants should email by March 31, 2013
• CV including publication list and contact information for two or more references
• summary of previous research experience (max 1 page)
to Michael Hiller (, preferably as single pdf file.

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About Our Organization: 

Our group
The group combines computational and experimental approaches to link phenotypic differences between species to differences in their genomes (Hiller et al. Cell Reports, 2012, Hiller et al. Nucleic Acids Res, 2012). Our work involves aspects of computational biology, genomics, evolution, computer science as well as molecular and developmental biology.

Our group is jointly affiliated with the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (CBG) and the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems (PKS) as part of the new Center for Systems Biology in Dresden, Germany. Both institutes are highly interactive and interdisciplinary workplaces, provide an international atmosphere with English as working language and access to cutting-edge computational and experimental infrastructure. The MPI-CBG was awarded one of the “Best Places To Work for Postdocs” in 2011.