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Scientific Head of the Bioinformatics Unit (f/m)
Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) / German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)
The German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) is one of four National
Research Centres funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). It is located in the city
of Leipzig and jointly hosted by the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), the
Friedrich Schiller University Jena (FSU), the University of Leipzig (UL), and the Helmholtz Centre
for Environmental Research (UFZ). It is supported by the Max Planck Society, the Leibniz
Association, and the Free State of Saxony. Its central mission is to promote theory-driven
synthesis and data-driven theory in this emerging field. The concept of iDiv encompasses the
detection of biodiversity, understanding its emergence, exploring its consequences for ecosystem
functions and services, and developing strategies to safeguard biodiversity under global change.
The Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, in cooperation with iDiv, offers the following
position starting as soon as possible, initially limited until September 30th, 2020, and planned
to be extended until September 30th, 2024:
Scientific Head of the Bioinformatics Unit
Fulltime: 100 %, iDiv Leipzig
The salary will be determined up to pay grade 14 TV-L depending on the assigned tasks and
Embedded in this active research environment, the Bioinformatics Unit (BIU) is a central
hub and fundamentally important for research projects at iDiv. Many research groups of iDiv
need bioinformatics expertise for their highly diverse research tasks. The duty of the BIU is to
support iDiv research groups with their computational expertise, for example by developing
new algorithms for genomics, metagenomics, or metabolomics datasets.
One of the main tasks of the head and the two postdocs of the BIU is to consult the family of
diverse researchers at iDiv and to collaborate with them to ensure a professional analysis of their
data so that their scientific questions are addressed in a statistically and algorithmically sound
manner. In addition, the head and the postdocs of the BIU are expected to design and provide
courses and workshops on bioinformatics within yDiv, the graduate program at iDiv, and to coordinate
the computational work of iDiv with the Biodiversity Informatics Unit (BDU) and sDiv, the
synthesis centre for biodiversity sciences at iDiv. Furthermore, they are expected to initiate and
actively participate in joined research projects with iDiv members by acquiring grants from the
European Union, the German Science Foundation, iDiv, or sDiv. Last but not least, the head and
the postdocs of the BIU are expected to perform and publish novel bioinformatics research with
a high impact on iDiv and beyond.
Due to the broad portfolio of activities at iDiv, the head of the BIU is expected to have profound
knowledge of and expertise in the main fields of bioinformatics and NGS data analysis, in
particular computational genomics and transcriptomics, metagenomics and metatranscriptomics,
population genomics, phylogenomics, epigenomics, or metabolomics.
We expect / requirements:
a PhD in Bioinformatics or a related discipline such as Computer Science, Mathematics,
Physics, Chemistry, or Biology
expertise in the statistical analysis of high-throughput data, machine learning,
and high-performance computing
an excellent publication record in one or several of these areas
to be a team player with excellent communication and interpersonal skills
experience with group leading and project management
a high standard of spoken and written English
creativity, enthusiasm, endurance, and an open mind for interdisciplinary science
a modern, international, and interdisciplinary environment of high scientific standard
a responsible, interesting, and versatile position in a vibrant research institute
a creative participation in a "think tank" that will help to shape the future of integrative
The Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg as well as iDiv promote a research environment
free of gender bias and, thus, aim to incorporate gender equality as a horizontal issue following
the gender mainstreaming strategy. The Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg plans to
increase the share of women in leading positions in science and research. We therefore
strongly encourage women to apply. Given equal qualification, applicants with handicaps will
be preferred. Mode and conditions for the employment follow the federal legislation of the
State of Saxony-Anhalt.
All applications are only accepted via our application portal under https://apply.idiv.de mentioning the job reference number. The deadline for application submission is Friday,
March 31st, 2017. Applications must contain to the job reference number 4-1680/17-D and
include (a) a letter of interest, (b) a brief overview of the skills and experiences related to the
job requirements (1 page), (c) a curriculum vitae, (d) a complete publication list, (e) certificates,
and (f) the names and e-mail addresses of two individuals who could provide an evaluation of
the candidate upon request.
The position is offered with reservation of possible budgetary restrictions. Application costs will
not be reimbursed.
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