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The Institute for Virology (Director: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Florian Klein) specializes in diagnostics and research pertaining to human pathogenic viruses. We apply a wide spectrum of molecular biological and bioinformatic techniques. Research topics include the identification and assessment of the development of viral resistance as well as research on new vaccination and therapeutic strategies. In collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbrücken we have developed algorithms and implemented software (geno2pheno) that is used internationally and facilitates bioinformatic analyses of viral resistance for HIV as well as the hepatitis C and hepatitis B viruses. Together with Prof. Dr. Thomas Lengauer, who directed the development of the server and who is currently affiliated with our Institute we are continuing our research on the respective methods and applications. Furthermore we are extending our research to bacterial infections and cancer.
Your tasks:

  • Research on bioinformatic methods for processing and analyzing comprehensive genomic and clinical datasets (viral and bacterial infections)
  • Development, implementation and application of corresponding software
  • Support of porting the geno2pheno server from Saarbrücken to the University of Cologne and advancing the respective methods and software

Your Profile:

  • Master oder PhD in bioinformatics/computational biology, biostatistics, computer science or a closely relatedfield
  • Profound knowledge and experience with methods of statistics and statistical learning
  • Profound knowledge and experience with programming languages and environments (e.g. R, Python, C++,Perl, Java, Javascript; Oracle, Webserver), to be documented via central contributions to larger programming projects (programming experience within curricular courses or practicals is not sufficient)  
  • Proactive team player with excellent communication and writing skills

We offer:

  • A research environment that offers exciting and diverse opportunities
  • Flexible working hours
  • Perspectives for further scientific qualification
  • You will work in a highly interdisciplinary environment that is internationally excellently interconnected and provides opportunities for innovative research on patient-related and medically highly relevant topics. Collaboration with research groups in medicine, computational biology and computer science at Cologne University are existing or available. Your research will uniquely combine basic research on computational methods with medical applications. Perspectives for scientific advancement towards PhD or beyond are included in the profile of the position

Your salary will be based on TV-L, the position is time-limited (3 years).
Please supply the usual application materials incl. CV, documents and transcripts, publication list, research statement (detailed description of previous experiences in research and programming as well as sketch of research perspectives) and names of two references, here online. Applicatons should preferably be made online via (click on the blue button at the bottom of the page). You can also apply via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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