Bioinformatician (m, f, d) at the University of Freiburg, Germany (E13, 100%)

The Faculty of Biology at the University of Freiburg is one of the leading Life Science Departments in the country. The Genetics and Experimental Bioinformatics unit at the University of Freiburg is an interdisciplinary experimental and computational group. This mixture of wet -and dry lab scientists promotes discussions and establishes a very fruitful working environment. The vibrant and liberal Freiburg is a green city with high recreational value, close to the Black forest and in vicinity to France and Switzerland.

Activities and responsibilities

The aim of the project is to develop, improve and apply computational tools for the analysis of regulatory non-coding RNAs (sRNAs) in bacteria. sRNAs are important regulators involved in all aspects of the bacterial lifecycle.

The applied part deals with the investigation of sRNAs in the human pathogen Salmonella. Understanding of so far unknown mechanisms, by which regulation of essential genes through sRNAs results in bacterial growth arrest, may lead to a better understanding of Salmonella virulence and ultimately in new strategies to cope with infectious diseases. The DFG funded project “Toxic small sRNAs that regulate essential genes in Salmonella, a combined experimental and computational approach” is a cooperation with the lab of S. Altuvia at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

The development part mainly aims to improve CopraRNA, the leading tool in sRNA target prediction, and GLASSgo, a tool to identify sRNA homologs (10.1073/pnas.1303248110, 10.3389/fgene.2018.00124).

Qualification profile

We are looking for a highly motivated PhD student or early stage Post-doctoral fellow with a degree in (bio)informatics, biology or a related Live Science. The applicant should have profound experience in Python and/or R. Experience in JavaScript is appreciated.

The position is funded by the DFG for a duration of 3 years. Please hand in a CV in tabular form, a summary of your previous research and your research interests, a record of your programing experience and if applicable a link to your GitHub account, scanned copies of your degree(s) and at least one reference contact by date 31.10.2019 at the latest.

Send application to

Please send your application via E-Mail to
Dr. Jens Georg
Tel.: +49 761 2032708

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