Bioinformatician on high-throughput sequence analysis: Germany

The Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens (MPUSP) led by its director Prof. Emmanuelle Charpentier, is looking for a highly motivated and talented bioinformatician (Master or Postdoc level) with excellent skills and knowledge in the analysis of large datasets, in particular high-throughput sequence analysis (e.g. NGS, RNA-seq), to support its Bioinformatics Research Platform. The successful candidate will work within the Bioinformatics Research Platform (focusing on Next-Generation Sequencing and proteomics datasets) while interacting closely with the experimental biologists.

MPUSP is an international research institute of the Max Planck Society located in Berlin. The institute (#40 employees) was founded in 2018 with the mission to strengthen basic research on pathogens (bacteria and viruses) causing diseases in humans. At MPUSP, researchers aim to achieve a better understanding of the complexities of pathogens and their interactions with their natural environment by developing innovative approaches. We are particularly interested in the molecular and cellular mechanisms of regulation by RNAs and proteins in bacterial pathogens. As a member of the Max Planck Society, MPUSP offers an interactive and dynamic environment where our team of international and creative scientists receives continuous support to conduct original research projects and has the freedom to work on fundamental biological questions. Our scientists benefit from state-of-the-art infrastructure, integrated and customized research platforms, and a wide range of scientific activities.

Main Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Support in the analysis of large bioinformatics data sets generated by the biologists of the institute (e.g. RNA-seq, ChipSeq, or Methylseq, and proteomics data).
  • Develop and apply computational tools already used in the platform for the analysis of the data.
  • Design and develop novel analytical software.
  • Support in the operations and management of the Bioinformatics Research Platform as required.


  • M.Sc. in biology or bioinformatics (for applicants at the Master level)
  • Ph.D. in biology or bioinformatics (for applicants at the postdoctoral level)
  • Proven track record in the analysis of next generation sequencing data and proteomics data is desired
  • Proven track record of publications in highly respected international scientific journals is desired for candidates at postdoctoral level
  • Experience in the configuration and maintenance of large bioinformatics datasets
  • Proficient in Python, C++ or similar programming languages
  • Culture of delivering clear, maintainable, and well-tested software
  • Working in a Linux environment, including basic shell scripting
  • Familiarity with data processing pipelines (eg. Snakemake, Nextflow)
  • Documented code in a Github portfolio (or similar)
  • Proficient in English language (presentation and writing skills)
  • Experience working abroad is considered as an advantage
  • Friendly disposition, confident and responsible work ethics
  • Working independently and as part of an international team
  • Self-motivated and enthusiastic to work in a competitive, dynamic, stimulating and interacting international scientific environment focusing on basic biological research

More information

The position is initially for two years, with the possibility of an extension. The salary level is based on the German Civil Service salary scale (TVöD-Bund) according to education, qualifications and work experience of the candidate. Benefits are in accordance with the regulations of the civil service. The position is available as soon as possible.

For more information, please send an email to Dr. Knut Finstermeier, Head of the Research Bioinformatics Platform (


The Max-Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those 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.

Applications will be accepted exclusively through our online application portal. Please upload your full application in English by March 6, 2022.

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