Postdoc Position in Computational Biology and Genomics

Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics
Job Location
Funding according to the German TVöD scale is available for 3 years and more.

According to German standards

Job Description

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

The computational postdoc will leverage methods developed in the lab to discover genomic differences underlying the evolution of morphological differences in mammals. Promising candidates will be tested experimentally. The Postdoc will work closely with other lab members on all computational aspects and with a group of collaborators on phenotypic and experimental aspects.


Applicants should have a degree in bioinformatics or computational biology and a strong publication record. Excellent programming skills (perl, python, or C/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. Applicants should also have a strong interest in the molecular biology underlying species’ phenotypes.

About Our Organization

The mission of our group is to discover which differences in the genome underlie phenotypic differences between species. Thus, we wish to contribute to our understanding how nature’s incredible diversity evolved. To this end, we are combining computational and experimental approaches. On the computational side, we build high-quality genome alignments, develop and apply comparative methods to discover functional genomic differences, and use statistical approaches to associate genomic to phenotypic differences. On the experimental side, we sequence and assemble genomes of species with interesting phenotypes, we use approaches like RNA-seq and ATAC-seq to annotate genes and regulatory regions, and we experimentally test whether editing a discovered genomic loci in a model organism recapitulates natural phenotypic differences.

Our group is located at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG) and we are jointly affiliated with the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems (MPI-PKS), both in Dresden. 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 and facilities. The MPI-CBG was awarded one of the “Best Places To Work for Postdocs” in 2011.

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