POSTDOC POSITION (F/M/D) COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY, BIOINFORMATICS
Institute for Zoology | Cell Biology and Systematics of Eukaryotic Microbes
The University of Cologne is one of the largest and most research-intensive universities in Germany, offering a wide range of subjects. With its six faculties and its interfaculty centres, it offers a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines and internationally outstanding profile areas, supported by the administration with its services.
The Hess Laboratory studies eukaryotic microbes that perforate the cell walls of algae/fungi to feed on the prey cell content. These 'protoplast feeders' are phylogenetically diverse, and the molecular background as well as the evolution of this specialised but widespread feeding strategy is still unresolved. The candidate will process and analyse transcriptome data from various protoplast feeders (e.g. vampyrellid amoebae, Idionectes, Orciraptor, Viridiraptor) and their bacterivorous relatives. The molecular data will be explored for highly expressed/regulated CAZymes, binding proteins, and cytoskeletal proteins which might be involved in the interaction with prey cells. In addition, the candidate will have the opportunity to develop and guide further RNA-seq experiments, and to participate in our biochemical studies on selected proteins.
Assembly of de novo transcriptomes (Illumina)
Differential expression analyses
Prediction of protein structure, function and cellular localisation
Phylogenetics of protein families
Scientific presentations at conferences and preparation of manuscripts
PhD in biology or equivalent
Experience in RNA-seq, bioinformatics, and statistics
Programming skills for data analysis and visualisation
Very good written and spoken English
Experience in phylogenetics is appreciated
WE OFFER YOU
a young and innovative lab connecting explorative microbiology with state-of-the-art experimentation
a diverse and fair working environment
support in reconciling work and family life
flexible working time models
extensive advanced training opportunities
occupational health management offers
local transport ticket at a discount for UoC employees
The position is available from now on a full-time basis (or part-time with at least 65% / 25,89 hours per week). It is limited to 30.04.2022 with the possibility of extension. If the applicant meets the relevant wage requirements and personal qualifications, the salary is based on remuneration group 13 TV-L of the pay scale for the German public sector.
The University of Cologne is committed to equal opportunities and diversity. Women are especially encouraged to apply and will be considered preferentially in accordance with the Equal Opportunities Act of North Rhine-Westphalia (Landesgleichstellungsgesetz – LGG NRW). We also expressly welcome applications from people with disabilities / special needs or of equal status.
Please apply online at: https://jobportal.uni-koeln.de with proof of the sought qualifications (including a motivation letter). The reference number is Wiss2003-20.
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