Computational Research Assistant

Computational Research Assistant

German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ).

Heidelberg, Germany

The German Cancer Research Center is the largest biomedical research institution in Germany. With approximately 3,000 employees, we operate an extensive scientific program in the field of cancer research.

The Division of Regulatory Genomics and Cancer Evolution is seeking a

Computational Research Assistant
(Ref.No. 2018-0222)

A Helmholtz-funded advanced research assistant position in computational biology is available in the laboratory of Duncan Odom at the DKFZ’s research program in Structural and Functional Genomics. Over the next year, the Odom lab will be moving to Heidelberg from the University of Cambridge. We are seeking a computational biologist to assist in transferring our data infrastructure, including analysis pipelines and large-scale sequencing datasets, from Cambridge and to reinstall them operationally in the DKFZ. In collaboration with the service-focused Omics Core Facility and primary research computational collaborators such as the Stegle laboratory, this post-holder will lead our laboratory’s design and construction of new bioinformatics pipelines to manage and analyse cutting-edge single-cell transcriptome and epigenome sequencing. You will also carry out a range of research activities and organisational duties in our dynamic and newly re-formed research group, and closely interact with collaborating bioinformatics groups in Heidelberg and Cambridge.

We are looking for an experienced and highly motivated candidate who is excited about setting up a new laboratory focused on cutting-edge single-cell and functional genomics in the disciplines of organismal and cancer evolution. This post may require visiting or living abroad to work closely with Cambridge, UK-employed Odom laboratory computational staff to facilitate required data transfers. Although requiring computational competence, expertise, and enthusiasm, this position is not a primary research role; instead, this post is an excellent opportunity for a computational research scientist who wants to develop or consolidate a support-focused career in a world-leading genomics research environment.

For example publications from the Odom laboratory, please see:

Your profile:
A strong knowledge of bioinformatics and computational biology is absolutely imperative.

Specific requirements:

  • MSc in computational biology, bioinformatics, or related field is essential
  • PhD highly preferred but not required
  • Fluency in Linux and and Python is essential; additional expertise in PostgreSQL and Django would be highly desireable
  • Prior experience with microarray data or next generation sequencing data would be desireable
  • Requires excellent communication skills in English; operational communication in German is also desireable
  • Ability to keep good up-to-date records, document code well, and write standard operating procedures is essential.

The position is limited to 2 years with the possibility of prolongation.
The position can in principle be part-time.

For further information please contact
Dr. Duncan Odom, phone +49 6221 42-3446.

The German Cancer Research Center is committed to increase the percentage of female scientists and encourages female applicants to apply. Among candidates of equal aptitude and qualifications, a person with disabilities will be given preference.

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We ask for your understanding that we cannot return application documents that are sent to us by post (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, Personalabteilung, Im Neuenheimer Feld 280, 69120 Heidelberg) and that we do not accept applications submitted via email. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Quote Reference: 2018-0222