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BIOINFORMATICS AND EVOLUTIONARY GENOMICS

 

The Chan Lab at the Friedrich Miescher Laboratory located on the Max Planck Campus, Tübingen, Germany, is looking for up to three talented bioinformaticians/computer scientists/evolutionary genomicists to work on cutting edge genomics projects. The positions are available for an initial 2 years (Postdocs) or the duration of the PhD projects.

We work at the cross-section between functional and evolutionary genomics with the aim of understanding the molecular basis of phenotypic variation, adaptation and speciation in mice and other vertebrate systems. The Chan Lab is funded by the Max Planck Society and holds a prestigious European Research Council Starting Grant.

We are looking to recruit talented and motivated team members to analyse existing datasets (including DNA-, RNA-, ChIP-Seq, 4C). You will work closely with other wet-lab members with a focus on development of pipelines and analysis of exciting genomic datasets for the projects outlined below. Where applicable you may also participate actively in wet-lab data generation using our established high-throughput robotics platforms.

Our partner the Jones Lab is also currently Opens internal link in current windowoffering 3 Postdoc/PhD positions.

ERC Starting Grant

1.     Systems biology of evolution in mice Opens internal link in current window[more information]

We have a number of mapping panels and resources, ranging from large Faroese wild mice, including whole-body morphometrics measurements, to innovative “in vitro” crosses derived from mouse interspecific hybrid stem cells. Using these resources we aim to understand the genetic architecture for adaptive traits and the evolution of gene regulatory networks.

 

ERC Starting Grant

2.     Genomics of selection response in Longshanks miceOpens internal link in current window [more information]

Opens external link in new windowDr. Campbell ROLIAN at the Univ. of Calgary has performed 21 generations of artificial selection for increased tibia length in mice (2 “Longshanks” selection lines & 1 control line, >6000 individuals). We will study the selection response from multiple angles, ranging from trait mapping, population genomics, theory (in collaboration with Opens external link in new windowNick BARTON, IST Austria) to developmental genetics. With this dataset we aim to establish the dynamics of the genotype-phenotype map under strong selection.

 

Requirements: We invite applications for the above positions at postdoctoral or PhD levels (MSc or 4-year BSc required). You will have training in genomics, bioinformatics or statistical genetics and in-depth research experience in these fields. You should demonstrate expertise and proficiency in one or more of the following areas:

 

  • handling and analysis of NGS datasets (whole genome, single-cell/molecule sequencing, RNASeq, ChIP-seq, 3C/4C)
  • advanced skills in statistical analysis (e.g. QTL or GWAS approaches, genotype imputation, Hidden Markov Models, and haplotype phasing of whole genome data
  • de novo genome assemblies and comparative genomics
  • empirical and theoretical population genetics
  • familiarity with parallel computing, visualisation of genomic datasets and associated toolkits (e.g. UCSC/Ensembl genome browsers, proficiency with web-based programming and SQL relational databases desirable)

Experience with UNIX and fluency in statistical and/or programming languages (R, Python or Perl, C++, SQL, java knowledge desirable) is essential. Wetlab skills and experience in other types of data analysis (e.g., image processing) will be an advantage.

We are interested in candidates who are keen to apply new and innovative statistical approaches. Passion for research, team spirit and enthusiasm are essential. 

Our Team: You will work in a multidisciplinary team that focuses on applying genomics approaches to understand the functional basis of adaptation and speciation in mice and fish. Our research groups are funded by the Max Planck Society as well as the European Research Council (ERC). The Max Planck Campus in Tübingen, Germany is one of the leading campuses in evolutionary genomics research. Our campus hosts world-class research groups, including a Nobel laureate and >10 ERC-funded teams. We operate state-of-the-art sequencing and other core facilities. English is the working language. All seminars and communications are in English.

Our Offer: Positions at the Postdoc level will be initially offered for 2 years, with the possibility of extension. Funding for PhD studentship is available for the entire duration. Positions will be supported by contracts with salary and benefits based on the German public service pay scale (TVöD) and are commensurate with training and experience. The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in areas where they are underrepresented, and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. The Max Planck Society is committed to employing individuals with disabilities and especially encourages them to apply.

To Apply: Consideration of applications will begin on 1st May, 2016, and will remain open until filled. Please send your application with 1. a cover letter outlining your background, achievements and motivations; 2. your CV, and 3. two reference contacts to Dr. Frank Chan (Opens window for sending emailfrank.chan[at]tue.mpg.de) or the postal address below. Incomplete applications will not be considered.  

Dr. Frank Chan

Friedrich Miescher Laboratory of the Max Planck Society

Spemannstrasse 39

72076 Tübingen

Germany

 

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