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Research in the Meyer group is focused on discovering new mechanisms of
transcriptome regulation in diverse biological settings. We have a particular interest in regulatory mechanisms mediated by RNA-structures and trans RNA-RNA interactions. To this end, we develop and apply new computational methods, algorithms and analysis pipelines to analyse large-scale data sets (e.g. RNA-seq). We develop machine learning techniques, phylogenetic models and a range of probabilistic methods to tackle exciting, fundamental questions in biology. We work in close collaboration with several experimental research groups to investigate biological systems ranging from differentiating stem cells to cells during virus-infection and expect to engage in single-cell studies in the near future.

Our group is part of the Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology (BIMSB) of the the Max-Delbruck Centre for Molecular Medicine in Berlin, Germany, which combines state-of-the-art high-throughput technologies with Bioinformatics, molecular biology, biochemistry and engineering to gain acomprehensive and fundamental understanding of different biological systems.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and ambitious new team member who combinesstrong skills in computational method development with a keen desire to investigate exciting biological systems. Key attributes sought are the ability to work alone and as part of a team, excellent attention to detail, solid problem solving skills, and the desire to learn and improve. Furthermore, you should demonstrate your ability to communicate both biological and computational ideas (orally and in writing) and time management to deadlines. The successful applicants will join us in the new BIMSB building in the centre of Berlin, Germany.


- proficiency in object-oriented programming (C++, Java) and developing software in a
  Unix-based environment
- solid background in and high enthusiasm for computational method development
- solid background in machine learning, statistics and programming in R
- ability to write, understand and maintain complex code
- keen interest in investigating biological systems
- excellent communication skills (oral and written) in English

- previous experience of processing and analysing NGS data sets
- prior expertise with investigated biological systems (e.g. stem cells, virus infections)
- familiarity with compute clusters and software development tools

- MSc in Computer Science, Bioinformatics, Genetics or related fields
  (including Statistics, Bioengineering, Physics, Mathematics, Biochemistry)

Re-numeration according to German TVoeD (Bund/Ost) E13 (50% in first year, 65% in subsequent years).

Application Deadline
Sunday, 25. February 2018

Start Date
as soon as possible

The position is initially offered for 3 years, with the possibility for a further extension.

For further information, contact Irmtraud Meyer (Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!).

How to apply:
(1) Please submit your complete application as a single pdf-file by email to Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein! using subject line “Reg.-Nr. 10920/2018” including
•    cover letter
•    CV
•    complete set of university certificates and transcripts
•    names and contact details of 3 referees
(2) Please get 3 letters of recommendation to be sent directly using subject line “Reg.-Nr. 10920/2018” to Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein! by the application deadline.

The MDC is an equal opportunity employer and supports gender equality.


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