University Hospital of Cologne

Scientific Researcher (f/m/x)

University Hospital of Cologne

Cologne, Germany

As a modern maximum-care hospital with a capacity of approximately 1,540 beds, the University Hospital of Cologne is dedicated to the practice of innovative academic medical excellence. At the Faculty of Medicine 1,800 scientists are engaged in research, ranging from basic sciences to clinical application, as well as teaching and health care. Together with the University Hospital Cologne the faculty maintains 58 clinics, research institutes and centres. 3,400 students study in this dynamic and innovative environment. The Faculty of Medicine and the University Hospital Cologne are embedded in the scientifically highly active Rhine region. They have strong contacts to and alliances with the surrounding universities and non-university research institutions guaranteeing scientific excellence in research and teaching.

The Institute for Virology is seeking applications for a full-time

Scientific Researcher (f/m/x)

to be employed under a limited-time contract for three years according to WissZeitVG.

The Institute for Virology (Director: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Florian Klein) specializes in diagnostics and research pertaining to human pathogenic viruses. We apply a wide spectrum of molecular biological and bioinformatic techniques. Research topics include the identification and assessment of the development of viral resistance as well as research on new vaccination and therapeutic strategies. In collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbrücken we have developed algorithms and implemented software ( that is used internationally and facilitates bioinformatic analyses of viral resistance for HIV as well as the hepatitis C and hepatitis B viruses. Together with Prof. Dr. Thomas Lengauer, who directed the development of the server and who is currently affiliated with our Institute we are continuing our research on the respective methods and applications. Furthermore we are extending our research to bacterial infections and cancer.

Your tasks:

  • Research on bioinformatic methods for processing and analyzing comprehensive genomic and clinical datasets (viral and bacterial infections)
  • Development, implementation and application of corresponding software
  • Support of porting the geno2pheno server from Saarbrücken to the University of Cologne and advancing the respective methods and software

Your Profile:

  • Master oder PhD in bioinformatics/computational biology, biostatistics, computer science or a closely relatedfield
  • Profound knowledge and experience with methods of statistics and statistical learning
  • Profound knowledge and experience with programming languages and environments (e.g. R, Python, C++,Perl, Java, Javascript; Oracle, Webserver)
  • Proactive team player with excellent communication and writing skills

We offer:

  • A research environment that offers exciting and diverse opportunities
  • Flexible working hours
  • Perspectives for further scientific qualification
  • You will work in a highly interdisciplinary environment that is internationally excellently interconnected and provides opportunities for innovative research on patient-related and medically highly relevant topics. Collaboration with research groups in medicine, computational biology and computer science at Cologne University are existing or available. Your research will uniquely combine basic research on computational methods with medical applications. Perspectives for scientific advancement towards PhD or beyond are included in the profile of the position

Your salary will be based on TV-L.

Applications from female candidates are expressly welcome and will be given priority in the event of equal suitability, competence and professional performance.

People with disabilities are welcome to apply and will be treated preferentially in the event of equal suitability and qualification.

The position is suitable for staffing with part-time employees.

Please address telephone enquiries to Prof. Dr. Thomas Lengauer at +49 221 478-85801.

Further information is available on the internet:

Have we awakened your interest? Please submit your application (including a detailed CV, list of publications, two references and a brief statement of research interests) here online:
Alternatively you can end your application material to:

We prefer online applications, but you also have the opportunity to apply via regular mail by 8 March 2020 quoting the Job-ID 00001444 to

Uniklinik Köln
Institute for Virology
Prof. Dr. Thomas Lengauer
Job-ID 00001444
50924 Köln

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Scientific Researcher (f/m/x)