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PhD position in Molecular Biology - Protein-RNA interactions

In the field of “Genomic views of protein-RNA interactions and splicing regulation” the research group of Dr. Julian König offers the following PhD project:
Computational approaches towards cracking the splicing code
The regulation of splicing is achieved through the coordinated binding of many RNA-binding proteins. It is becoming clear that their recruitment is not solely dependent on the underlying RNA sequence, but is strongly shaped by the interactive environment. Means of interaction include direct competition, cooperative recruitment and the modulation of secondary structure. Knowledge about the acting forces is therefore critical to predict the function of an RNA-binding protein and its impact on the splicing outcome. 
This project aims at a global understanding of RBP interactions in the context of splicing regulation. The PhD student will develop and apply computational tools to investigate first-hand genome-wide datasets that were generated with state-of-the-art techniques such as RNA-seq and iCLIP. The data will be integrated using network analyses and machine learning strategies to obtain systemic views on the combinatorial action of RBPs in splicing regulation. The project will be based on close collaborations with experimental and computational scientists within and outside our group.
We offer
•          The possibility to work on a cutting-edge project using state-of-the-art technology in a highly motivated research team
•          A stimulating, diverse and international research environment
•          Advanced training opportunities
•          A competitive stipend
Required qualifications
•           Master or Diploma
•           Motivation to solve complex biological problems
•           Excellent communication skills
Starting date: 1 September 2016 or later
Duration of stipend: 3 years, with the possibility of extension
Deadline for applications (exclusively online via web form): 1 May 2016

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Working hours
Contract duration
Type of job
PhD Project
Work experience
job experience is not required
Germany (Rheinland-Pfalz)
Working place
55128 Mainz
Area of expertise
Biology & Life Sciences