Postdoctoral Fellow - Computational Analysis of Environmental Microbiome Data
Location: Heidelberg, Germany
Staff Category: Postdoctoral Fellow
Contract Duration: 2 years
Grading: Stipend
Closing Date: 25 October 2021
Reference Number: HD02049
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

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 environmental microbiome projects, e.g. from ocean and soil, but also from human and other host-derived microbiomes. 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, (ii) integration of multi-omics data for functional interpretations, (iii) discovery of novel functional modules using sequence- and network-based approaches. The work aims at biological discoveries and will comprise both methodological and applied aspects.  

You have

  • 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

  • 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
  • Experience in working with the Linux command line and compute clusters
  • Experimental expertise in microbiology or collecting environmental samples

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.