PhD student Bioinformatics

PhD student Bioinformatics (50%; TV-L EG 13)

Job offer from December 19, 2017

The institute of Quantitative Genetics and Genomics of Plants in the faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf invites applications for the post of

PhD student Bioinformatics
(50%; TV-L EG 13)

available from now on. The position is initially limited until 31.12.2018 with the possibility of extension. The position is located at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne and after the construction of the Centre for Synthetic Life Sciences, the campus of the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf.

The work of the newly founded institute for Quantitative Genetics and Genomics of Plants aims to identify the causes of natural phenotypic variation of crop plants on a molecular level, in order to attain the ultimate goal of our work – the prediction of phenotypic performance under various environmental conditions. This requires combined efforts on creating novel plant material, exploiting the possibilities of *omics technologies, and developing innovative biostatistical procedures.

Your tasks

  • Bioinformatic analyses of DNA sequences created with the help of different high throughput sequencing technologies; in particular, the de novo assembly of plant genome sequences as well as their characterization and comparison
  • Prepare scientific publications
  • Prepare a dissertation

Our requirements:

  • M.Sc. in bioinformatics, biology, informatics or related disciplines
  • Proficiency in programming (e.g. Python, R, C/C++)
  • Working experience in an Unix (Linux) environment and with high performance computing are a plus
  • Experience in analyzing high throughput sequencing data sets is advantageous
  • Knowledge in genetics and biostatics is a plus
  • Excellent communication skills in English (spoken and written)
  • Interest in applied science
  • High motivation, ability to work independently, team spirit

The salary will be, depending on the personal qualification of the applicant, up to pay grade TV-L EG 13.

Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf aims at increasing the percentage of employed women. Applications from women will therefore be given preference in cases of equal aptitude, ability and professional achievements unless there are exceptional reasons for choosing another applicant.

Applications from suitably qualified severely disabled persons or disabled persons regarded as being of equal status according to Book IX of the German social Code (SGB – Soziales Gesetzbuch) are encouraged.
Your contact person in case of questions is Benjamin Stich; email:

Please submit your written application with the usual documents by 31.01.18 preferentially as a single PDF file to

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