Mitarbeiter IDUN

Join the team!

The Chair for Bioinformatics, Institute of Computer Science at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena offers the following position:

PhD student as research associates (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin)

The position is part of the project Identifying the Unknowns, funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.

Topic of research: Metabolomics complements investigation of the genome, transcriptome, and proteome of an organism. Today, the vast majority of metabolites remain unknown. The structural diversity of metabolites is much larger than for biopolymers such as proteins. Mass spectrometry is one of the two predominant experimental analysis techniques for detecting and identifying metabolites.

In metabolomics, natural products research and related areas, “identifying the unknowns” (small biomolecules for which no reference measurements are available) is of vital importance. Only during the last years, we have observed a proliferation of methods for this task. Our method CSI:FingerID (Dührkop et al., PNAS 2015) is currently the best-performing method for this task (see independent & blind CASMI contests) and is used by thousands of scientists from 34 countries and six continents.

The objective of this project is to advance existing (SIRIUS, CSI:FingerID) and develop novel computational methods for this and related tasks. See here for a beautiful introduction to this field of research, here for some background information on natural products research, and here and here for related research questions (all in German).

We offer: Challenging and interesting questions from different areas of computer science and machine learning, a network of cooperation partners in method development and application of our methods.

We are looking for: Applicants for this project must have or be about to obtain a Master’s degree or a qualification equivalent to the German Diploma in bioinformatics, chemoinformatics, computer science, or mathematics. The project combines algorithmics, combinatorics and machine learning, so proven interest in one or more of these fields is a must. Introductory course level knowledge in biology and molecular biology and good programming skills are required.

Salary is according to Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L (65%). Positions are temporary appointments.

Handicapped applicants will be given preference in case of equal qualifications.

Please send your application with the usual documents (CV, list of publications, copies of certificates) via email and ASAP to:

Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Institut für Informatik
Lehrstuhl für Bioinformatik
Ernst-Abbe-Platz 2
07743 Jena, Germany