European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Scientific Programmer / Bioinformatician

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Heidelberg, Germany


About the team/job


We are seeking a highly motivated scientific programmer and data manager to join the new Zimmermann research group in the Structural and Computational Biology unit. The Zimmermann group combines high-throughput mass spectrometry, bacterial genetics, multi-omics analyses and computational models to investigate the interactions within microbial communities and between microbes and their environment.


Your role


Your role would be to develop analysis pipelines, infrastructure and data management systems within the group and externally. It includes the development and maintenance of bioinformatics software for different research projects, adaptation of existing code and pipelines, and providing programming and statistics support to the group. The position involves large scale data handling from mass-spectrometry and sequencing experiments (metabolomics, NGS). The duties range from generic bioinformatics and IT support to development of own independent research projects.


You have



  • a Ph.D. degree in bioinformatics, computational biology, statistics, or related subjects

  • substantial experience in software development and/or scientific computing

  • experience with large-scale data analysis and management

  • experience with the Linux/Unix shell

  • advanced skills in a high level programming language (>2 years of experience)

  • ability to work independently and in a team, and at the interface between life sciences and informatics

  • willingness to learn new skills and programming languages as projects require

  • good communication, interpersonal and English language skills

You might also have



  • Experience in data analysis, statistics and visualisation, e.g. in Python, R or MatLab

  • Experience with compute clusters (e.g. SGE, slurm) and pipelines of batch jobs (e.g. Snakemake, Luigi)

  • Familiarity with mass-spectrometry data acquisition and analysis

  • Experience in mathematical modeling of dynamic systems (e.g. MatLab SimBiology, Python ModSimPy)




Why join us


EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation with a very collegial and family friendly working environment. The remuneration package comprises from a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme, medical, educational and other social benefits, as well as financial support for relocation and installation, including your family and the availability of an excellent child care facility on campus. EMBL has a large thriving community of bioinformaticians, working in close collaboration with experimental scientists and with strong links to other local scientists and institutions.


What else you need to know


We are Europe’s flagship research laboratory for the life sciences – an intergovernmental organisation performing scientific research in disciplines including molecular biology, physics, chemistry and computer science. We are an international, innovative and interdisciplinary laboratory with more than 1600 employees from many nations, operating across six sites, in Heidelberg (HQ), Barcelona, Hinxton near Cambridge, Hamburg, Grenoble and Rome.

Our mission is to offer vital services in training scientists, students and visitors at all levels; to develop new instruments and methods in the life sciences and actively engage in technology transfer activities, and to integrate European life science research.

Please note that appointments on fixed term contracts can be renewed, depending on circumstances at the time of the review.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: embl-HD01541

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