Postdoctoral Fellow - Computational Analysis of Microbiome Data
- Location: EMBL Heidelberg
- Staff category: Postdoctoral Fellow
- Job type: Postdoctoral Fellowships
- Contract duration: 2 years
- Grading: Stipend
- Closing date: 4 April 2021
- Reference number: HD01937
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About this position
We are seeking highly motivated computational biologists to join the research group of Peer Bork within the Structural and Computational Biology Unit as a postdoctoral fellow. This bioinformatics group works on a wide range of topics with a current focus on microbiome analysis in ecosystems like the human gut and the ocean.
Your role would be to analyse large-scale microbiomics data (metagenomes, metatranscriptomes, metabolomes etc.) for biological discoveries by data integration. Data will mostly come from various internal and external human microbiome projects, but also from ocean and soil. Different project areas are available, for example, (i) analysis of the diversity of the global microbiome both in terms of structure (species and strains) and function (e.g. detection of novel functional modules), (ii) dissection of the impact of therapeutics, other environmental factors, and the gut microbiome on human health and (iii) integration of multi-omics data for functional interpretations. The work aims at biological discoveries and will comprise both methodological and applied aspects.
- A PhD degree in Biology, Bioinformatics, Computer Science, or a related field
- Proven biological background knowledge and bioinformatics skills related to the group’s research
- Experience in data integration, statistical analysis and visualisation, e.g. in Python or R
- Ability to work both independently and in a team
- Willingness to learn new skills as projects require
- Good communication, interpersonal and English language skills
You might also have
- Experience in working with the Linux command line and compute clusters
- Experimental expertise in microbiology or collecting environmental samples
- Familiarity with processing next-generation sequencing data and performing sequence analysis (such as multiple sequence alignment, phylogenetic analysis, or Hidden Markov Models)
- Competence in processing large microbiomics datasets
Why join us
EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation with a very collegial and family friendly working environment. The remuneration package comprises a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme, medical, educational and other social benefits, and the availability of an excellent child care facility on campus.
What else you need to know
We are Europe’s flagship research laboratory for the life sciences – an intergovernmental organisation performing scientific research in disciplines including molecular biology, physics, chemistry and computer science. We are an international, innovative and interdisciplinary laboratory with more than 1600 employees from many nations, operating across six sites, in Heidelberg (HQ), Barcelona, Hinxton near Cambridge, Hamburg, Grenoble and Rome. Our mission is to offer vital services in training scientists, students and visitors at all levels; to develop new instruments and methods in the life sciences and actively engage in technology transfer activities, and to integrate European life science research. Please note that appointments on fixed term contracts can be renewed, depending on circumstances at the time of the review.