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PhD Student (bioinformatics, computational biology, physics, computer science or mathematics)

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IPK Gatersleben is a large, internationally recognized centre of plant research that addresses problems of modern biology with an emphasis on crop plants. Our scientific expertise integrates a broad diversity of disciplines to elucidate the mechanisms underlying processes of plant development, metabolism, and interactions with the environment. Our research aims at the generation of fundamental knowledge and the development of genetic and biotechnological tools to spur the knowledge-based use of plant-genetic resources to optimize a variety of crop traits. Frequently, this involves co-operation with various national and international universities as well as public-private partnerships.
For the research group Domestication Genomics we are looking for a PhD student.
Employment could start from November 1st, 2016 for a period of 3 years (in compliance with the law “WissZeitVG”), provided the final approval of the project by the funding agency.

Who we are:
The research group Domestication Genomics studies domestication and adaptation processes and their interaction with genetic diversity in the cereal crops barley, wheat and rye and their wild progenitors by analyzing comprehensive sequence datasets in the context of newly developed genomic sequence and mapping resources.

Your tasks:
The successful candidate will be part of an interdisciplinary team comprising researchers at IPK and partners in science and industry working on the analysis of genomic variation in barley and wheat. You will develop and apply custom computational pipelines for mining population genomic datasets comprising short-read and long-read sequences, dense genetic marker data and physical maps constructed from chromosome conformation capture (HiC) data. You will present your research at conferences and in scientific journals.

Your qualification:
You hold a Master degree in bioinformatics, computational biology or related disciplines such as physics, computer science or mathematics. You are highly proficient in one programming or scripting language and have experience with data analysis and visualization in R or similar statistical environments (e.g. Matlab). You are open to expand your knowledge in molecular biology and plant genetics. Strong communication skills in English are required.
If you need further information, feel free to contact Dr. Martin Mascher. You reach him via email mascher@ipk-gatersleben.de or phone +49 (0) 39482 5243.
The IPK is striving to increase the proportion of women in sectors where they are underrepresented, and therefore explicitly encourages applications from qualified women. The IPK was awarded the Hertie Foundation's work and balance certificate ("berufundfamilie") for its family-friendly working conditions. The IPK campus is located in the immediate vicinity of a local day care center and primary school (Grundschule). Gross salary will be up to 65 % E13 TV-L.

Contact detail

How to apply:
via Mail
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Your application:
Please send your application (incl. letter of motivation and future research interests, CV, list of publications, degree certificates and at least three addresses of reference) until 15.09.2016 to Ms. Gläser citing the reference number 41/08/16. Please contact her also for questions regarding the application and selection procedure.
Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK)
Ms. Gläser
Corrensstraße 3, OT Gatersleben
06466 Stadt Seeland
email: jobs@ipk-gatersleben.de
phone: +49 (0) 39482 5101

Job profile

Working hours
Contract duration
Type of job
PhD Project
Work experience
job experience is not required
Germany (Sachsen-Anhalt)
Working place
06466 Gatersleben
Area of expertise
Biology & Life Sciences