Location: Heidelberg, Germany
Staff Category: Staff Member
Contract Duration: 3 years (renewable)
Grading: 4, 5 or 6, depending on experience and qualifications
Closing Date: 15 April 2018
Reference Number: HD_01272
The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is one of the highest ranked scientific research
organisations worldwide. The Headquarters Laboratory is located in Heidelberg (Germany), with
additional sites in Barcelona (Spain), Grenoble (France), Hamburg (Germany), Hinxton near
Cambridge (UK) and Rome (Italy).
EMBL is seeking a highly motivated bioinformatics engineer to work in the group of Prof. Matthias
Hentze. Research in the Hentze group primary focuses on novel RNA-binding proteins and the
identification of their role¬ in health and disease. The group uses new next-generation sequencing
and mass-spectrometry-based technologies to identify and functionally characterize RNA-binding
proteins and their targets. The successful applicant will be involved in the computational analysis
and interpretation of these data. (S)he will create workflows based on existing tools and further
develop analysis methodologies in order to translate novel data types into biological discoveries.
The successful applicant will be part of the bioinformatics core of a research team, collaborating
closely with experimentalists that produce large amounts of data. This position is tightly embedded
in the overall research of the lab and will make crucial contributions to the scientific outcomes. The
position provides a unique opportunity to acquire practical data science skills that are in high
demand and to develop a career in cutting edge bioinformatics services and infrastructures. The
position will work closely with a bioinformatics engineer, be supported by a senior bioinformatics
postdoc in the lab and will be complemented by an excellent network of bioinformaticians as well as
computational and scientific facilities at EMBL.
Qualifications and Experience
Applicants should have a university degree in bioinformatics, biostatistics, biophysics, computer
science or related fields (MSc or PhD). An educational background or practical knowledge in the
analysis of large datasets and working in Linux environments are required. Prior experience with
next-generation sequencing (NGS) analyses and NGS datasets is a must. Knowledge of Python (or
another scripting language) and/or the statistical programming language R/Bioconductor is an
advantage. A general understanding of biological questions will help to communicate with other
We are looking for enthusiastic candidates who are keen to contribute novel ideas, are proactive and
have good problem-solving skills. Furthermore, the applicant should be able to work independently
and integrate well in an international and interdisciplinary team environment. Strong interpersonal
and communication skills as well as the ability to convey concepts to other scientists in different
fields of research are essential.
Please apply online through www.embl.org/jobs
EMBL offers an international and interdisciplinary environment and many opportunities for career
development. Heidelberg has an active international social community and is regarded as one of the
most beautiful cities of Germany.
EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits
appropriate to an international research organisation. Please note that appointments on fixed term
contracts can be renewed, depending on circumstances at the time of the review.