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Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Computational Genomics

Max Planck Society - Institute for Developmental Biology

Tübingen, Germany

The research

A postdoctoral position is available for a computational biologist to undertake research in the area of comparative genome annotation. The research will involve the automation of several hundred genome (re-)annotations using a comparative approach. A particular focus will be on the integration of large-scale transcriptomic datasets to annotate complex gene families such as NLR resistance genes across a variety of different plant species. Candidates with a background in phylogenomics/computational biology/mathematics/statistics and experience in genome annotation and advanced high-throughput genomics are particularly encouraged to apply.

Our team includes a wide range of expertise from molecular genetics and applied genomics to computational biology. The long-term goal of our research is to understand the molecular mechanisms and the evolution of adaptive traits. Many of our projects take advantage of the advanced in-house sequencing center, which provides direct and early-stage access to the latest long read technologies (Pacific Biosciences, Oxford Nanopore) as well as more established Illumina short read platforms. We use these for a range of applications, especially the assembly of hundreds of genomes and of complex genome mixtures from the environment. Read more on our website weigelworld.

Your qualifications

Candidates should have a PhD in a relevant discipline (Computer Science, Bioinformatics, Evolutionary Biology etc). Good programming skills in at least one language (e.g. Bash, R, Perl, C, C++) is essential. Previous experience in analysis of next generation sequencing data, genome annotation, whole genome alignments, transcriptomics and phylogenomics is highly desirable. An interest in genome-scale integration of expression and epigenomics datasets is highly desirable.

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