RWTH Aachen University (RWTH Aachen)

Research Assistant/Associate Institute of Biologie 1, Chair of Botany and Molecular Genetics

RWTH Aachen University (RWTH Aachen)

Aachen, Germany

Our Profile
The Chair of Botany and Molecular Genetics at RWTH Aachen University, headed by Prof. Björn Usadel, is one of the leading groups in plant omics data integration ( Our research focuses on genetic and genomic analysis, and regulation of plant metabolism, using bioinformatics, systems biology and data integration approaches. In the field of omics research, we are leading in the development and evaluation of plant genome data by nanopore sequencing – a unique and revolutionary technology that allows real-time data acquisition and data analysis of nucleic acids while interacting directly with a protein-based nanopore.

For more information see:
Schmidt et al. (2017) De novo assembly of a new Solanum pennellii accession using Nanopore sequencing. Plant Cell Oct; 29(10):2336-2348.
Schwacke et al. (2019) MapMan4: a refined protein classification and annotation framework applicable to multi-omics data analysis. Molecular Plant (in press)

We offer

  • an outstanding scientific and technical infrastructure
  • exciting and stimulating tasks in an international and interdisciplinary academic environment
  • an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues
  • international collaborations in an EU project
  • regular travel to project meetings and international conferences

Qualified candidates start in pay grade 13 TV-L (100%) of the German public service pay-scale but a higher salary can be negotiable depending on qualification. Further development of your personal strengths can be provided, e.g. via a comprehensive further training programme by RWTH Aachen University (Center for Professional Leadership).

Your Profile
Applicants must have a doctorate/Ph.D. or equivalent.
You have completed your PhD in natural sciences and have a strong interest in systems biology approaches and ""omics"" technologies. Very good knowledge of Next Generation Sequencing and/or metabolomics technologies is necessary. You have experience in analysis of ""omics"" data and a great deal of self-initiative. Bioinformatic skills or familiarity with R is a plus. Very good communication skills in English are mandatory. You have good organizational skills and are able to work independently as well as part of a team. Ideally, you have an outgoing personality with a proactive and positive attitude.

Your Duties and Responsibilities
You will be part of the ERA-NET funded project "" ROOT "" Resilience to salinity in tomato – together with European partners. The aim of this project is to provide fundamental knowledge on how to improve the resilience of crop root systems towards salinity.
You will use ""omics"" methods (transcriptomics, metabolomics) to characterize the salt stress response of tomato lines. Your task will be to profile tomato lines and to integrate the obtained data in a systems biology approach, with the final aim to construct a better mechanistic understanding of the salt tolerance mechanism in tomato.

Please send your comprehensive application, including a letter of motivation and previous research experience, your CV and certificates as well as the contact details of 2 references, by Email (PDF file) to The destruction of the documents according to data protection law after completion of the procedure is guaranteed.

Our Offer
The position is for 32 Month and is to be filled as soon as possible.
This is a full-time position. It is also available as part-time employment per request..
The salary corresponds to level EG 13 TV-L of the German public service salary scale (TV-L).

Contact Person
For further details, please contact
Dr. Alexandra Wormit
Tel.: +49 (0) 241 – 8026766


Please send your application by August 31, 2019 to
Frau Corina Barth
RWTH Aachen University
Chair of Botany and Molecular Genetics
Worringerweg 3
52074 Aachen, Germany

You can also send your application via email to Please note, however, that communication via unencrypted e-mail poses a threat to confidentiality as it is potentially vulnerable to unauthorized access by third parties.

RWTH Aachen University is certified as a ""Family-Friendly University"". We welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates regardless of gender. We particularly welcome and encourage applications from women, disabled persons and ethnic minority groups, recognizing they are underrepresented across RWTH Aachen University. The principles of fair and open competition apply and appointments will be made on merit. RWTH Aachen is an equal opportunities employer. We therefore ask you not to include a photo in your application. For information on the collection of personal data pursuant to Articles 13 and 14 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), please visit:


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Research Assistant/Associate Institute of Biologie 1, Chair of Botany and Molecular Genetics