PhD student in bioinformatics (f/m/d)

Helmholtz Zentrum München - German Research Center for Environmental Health (HMGU)

Neuherberg (bei München), Germany

Work group:

Institute of Virology



Area of research:

PHD Thesis



Starting date:

01.02.2020



Contract time limit:

31.01.2023



Job description:

As German Research Center for Environmental Health, Helmholtz Zentrum München pursues the goal of developing personalized medical approaches for the prevention and therapy of major common diseases such as diabetes mellitus, allergies and lung diseases. To achieve this, it investigates the interaction of genetics, environmental factors and lifestyle.


At our institute you will find a scientifically stimulating international environment. Together with renowned scientists and supported by an excellent infrastructure you make an important contribution to the improvement of people’s quality of life.


The research group “Human Endogenous Retroviruses” together with the Department of Bioinformatics (TUM) investigates the influence of HERV sequences on neural and brain development. HERVs are remnants of ancient germ line infections with exogenous retroviruses that have been genetically fixed and vertically transmitted millions of years ago. Activation of HERV sequences can contribute to diseases by expression of pathogenic viral proteins or dysregulation of cellular genes. We want to understand the role of HERV sequences in neural and brain development.


We are now looking for a motivated


PhD student in bioinformatics (f/m/d)
2019/0453

Your responsibilities


Analysis of multi-omics datasets (mainly RNAseq and CHIPseq)In depth analysis of HERV sequences

Your qualification


A master degree in computational biology, bioinformatics, systems biology, computer science, or biology Good knowledge of bioinformatics and biologyStrong programming skills (Java, perl, python, R) Comfortable with the Linux/Unix environment, databases (MySQL)

What we offer you


A challenging and versatile field of work providing you with the freedom to follow your instinct and be creative. With the help of extensive and goal-orientated professional development measures and career-building programmes we encourage you to grow as a person. To ensure a good work/life balance we assist you with flexible working hours, in-house health management, a nursery, and an “Elder Care” concept as well as other consultation and support options.


Munich, with its numerous lakes and its vicinity to the Alps, is considered to be one of the cities with the best quality of life worldwide. With its first-class universities and research institutes it offers an intellectually stimulating environment.


Remuneration and benefits are in accordance with the collective agreement for the public service (EG 13 50% TV EntgO Bund). In addition, there is also the possibility of granting an allowance amounting to 15% if the necessary conditions are fulfilled.


The position is (initially) limited to three years.


The activity involves special knowledge and experience specific to own scientific skills.


Having been awarded the "Total E-Quality" seal we endorse a system of equal opportunities. Applications from women are especially welcome. Severely disabled candidates are given preference if they are of equal merit concerning the position in question.


Curious? If you have further questions, simply contact Dr. Michelle Vincendeau on +49 89 3187 3644, who will be happy to be of assistance.

We are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive online application until 31st of December, 2019.



Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: 2019/0453

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