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Graduate Research Assistant - Human Nutrition and Microbiome

Christian Albrechts Unversity of Kiel
Job Location
Christian-Albrechts-Platz 4
24118 Kiel
Job Description

The Department „Nutriinformatics“ at the Institute for Human Nutrition and Food Science is seeking a

Graduate Research Assistant (doctoral candidate, m/f/d)

starting at the earliest possible date.

The candidate will apply bioinformatic and systems biology approaches in the fields of nutritional medicine and microbiology. The PhD-Project will be carried out in close collaboration with experimental research labs in Kiel and the University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein. The candidate will have access to large data sets and state-of-the-art experimental and computational facilities to investigate the interplay between human and microbial metabolism and the impact of nutrition.

The position is initially available as a 36-month appointment with a salary corresponding to E13 (50% position) on the TV-L government scale and a regular weekly work load of currently 19.35 hours.


A Masters-degree (or equivalent degree) in one of the fields bioinformatics, systems biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, mathematics or a comparable study program is expected latest at the date of entry. Excellent experience in statistical data analysis, very good skills in programming (ideally R, Python, Julia, and/or Matlab), fundamental knowledge of molecular- and microbiology, as well as very good communication skills in written and spoken English are required.

How to Apply

Interested candidates are asked to send their applications including cover letter, CV, copy/copies of graduate certificate(s) in electronic form as a single PDF-document by January 1 st , 2020 to:

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Silvio Waschina

Please refrain from submitting application photos.

Please contact Jun.-Prof. Silvio Waschina (, if you need further information.

About Our Organization

Together with other world-renowned research institutes in Kiel (e.g. Max-Plank-Institute for Evolutionary Biology and the GEOMAR - Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research), Kiel University has become a hot-spot for Microbiome Research. Therefore, Kiel is an ideal location for scientific communication and to further develop essential skill for a career in science and information technology.

Kiel University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the proportion of female scientists in research and teaching, and strongly encourages female applicants. Women will be given preference in case of equal suitability, competence, and professional performance.

The University is also committed to the employment of disabled person, and such individuals will be accorded preference if suitable.

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