Bioinformatician in Immunogenetics: Germany

The Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics is looking for a Bioinformatician in Immunogenetics (m/f/d). The position will be available in the Boehm department at the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics in Freiburg, Germany ( The Boehm group addresses a number of cutting-edge research questions related to the development and evolution of the vertebrate immune system (for recent review see, Annu Rev Immunol 36, 19,2018; Annu Rev Anim Biosci 2, 259,2014; Nat Rev Immunol 13, 831,2013). To support these studies, we seek an experienced bioinformatician with a strong background in data analysis, statistics and, ideally, prior exposure to immunogenetics studies.

This position is open immediately and initially funded for two years.

The Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics (MPI-IE) in Freiburg, Germany is an interdisciplinary research institution that conducts basic research in two key areas of modern biology: Immunobiology and Epigenetics. Central questions address the molecular basis of cell type identities, as they are regulated during immune cell differentiation, metabolic response and epigenetic chromatin adaptation.

Your opportunities:

As an embedded bioinformatician, you will have the opportunity to contribute directly to multiple research projects, from experimental design to data analysis and interpretation, interacting with a strong, interdisciplinary bioinformatics and deep sequencing team that provides access to a large Sequencing Facility (HiSeq3000, HiSeq2500, NextSeq500), as well as a high-performance Data Center with Petabyte-scale storage solutions.

Your tasks:

Responsibilities include design of sequencing experiments, processing and quality control of NGS datasets of whole genome and amplicon bisulfite sequencing with discovery of differentially methylated regions, WGS and variant calling, RNAseq, scRNAseq, analysis of differential gene expression and gene module calling, analyses of sequence homologies and conservation, TCR clonotyping, reference assembly and annotation in non-model organisms, and development and implementation of custom analyses in collaboration with wetlab scientists.

Your qualifications:

We are looking for a dedicated and motivated team player with strong communication skills and good command of the English language, who has a MSc or PhD degree in bioinformatics or biology with a clear computational component. The successful applicant will have a proven record in the analysis of genome-wide datasets and computational skills (Python, R) in a Linux environment.

We offer:

Based within a region that connects Germany, France and Switzerland, our institute hosts a vibrant community of international researchers, state-of-the-art facilities, and modern office spaces. A childcare facility is directly attached to the institute. At the heart of the Black Forest, Freiburg offers a family-friendly atmosphere and excellent recreational possibilities for cultural and outdoor activities. Salaries will be based on previous experience according to the German pay scale for civil service (TVöD) including health insurance and other social benefits.

Handicapped applicants with equal qualifications will be given preferential treatment. The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in areas, where they are underrepresented, and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. The Max Planck Society strives for gender and diversity equality. We welcome applications from all backgrounds.

Application deadline:

Have we sparked your interest? Please submit your complete application, including a 1 page motivation summary, CV and contact details of referees via our online application portal until 01 July 2019.

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