Ph.D. position

Ph.D. position

Max-Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC).

Berlin, Germany

The MAX DELBRÜCK CENTER FOR MOLECULAR MEDICINE (MDC) is a member of the Helmholtz Association of National Research Centers, supported by the Federal Government of Germany and the Land Berlin. For our RNA Structure and Transcriptome Regulation, starting as soon as possible, we are seeking for one

PhD position in Bioinformatics

The Bioinformatics Group of Prof. I. Meyer at the BIMSB and MDC in Berlin is seeking to recruit a PhD student in Bioinformatics. Our goal is to discover new mechanisms of transcriptome regulation in diverse biological settings with a particular emphasis on mechanisms involving RNA-structures or trans RNA-RNA interactions. To this end, we develop new computational methods and algorithms to analyze large-scale transcriptome data (e.g. RNA-seq). Our methods employ a variety of machine learning techniques and new probabilistic models. We work in close collaboration with several experimental research groups to investigate a diverse range of exciting biological systems.

The applicant: We are looking for an enthusiastic and ambitious new team member with proven skills in computational method development and machine learning and a keen interest in analyzing mechanisms of transcriptome regulation involving RNA structures or trans RNA-RNA interactions.
The key attributes sought are: ability to work alone and as part of a team, excellent attention to detail, excellent problem solving skills, and the desire to learn and improve. Furthermore: excellent communication skills in English (orally and in writing), time management to deadlines, and ability to work in an international and multi-disciplinary, scientific environment.

Essential requirements:

  • MSc or equivalent in Computer Science, Bioinformatics or a related, quantitative field (Mathematics, Physics, Statistics, Bioengineering)
  • excellent skills in object-oriented programming (C++, Java) and R
  • strong background in machine learning and computational method development
  • experience working in a Unix-based environment and with high-performance compute clusters
  • ability to write, modify and document complex source code
  • excellent communication skills in English (oral and written)
  • proven ability to communicate scientific ideas and research results
  • keen interest in understanding transcriptome regulation

Desired requirements:

  • prior experience analysing RNA-seq transcriptome data
  • expertise in virology or microbiology

The position is initially offered for 3 years, with the possibility for a further extension. Re-numeration according to German TVöD/Bund E13 (50% in first year, 65% in subsequent years).

The MDC is an equal opportunity employer and supports gender equality.

For further information please contact:
For further information, contact Irmtraud Meyer ( and see

Postal Address:
How to apply:
(1) Please submit your complete application until November 30, 2018 as a single pdf-file by email to with the job registration number 11002/2018 in the subject line including

  • a cover letter including a summary of your present and future research interests
  • CV
  • complete set of all university certificates and transcripts (including grades)
  • recent certificate of English language proficiency (IELTS or TOEFL) for non-English native speakers
  • names and contact details of 2 or more referees

(2) Please get 2 or more letters of recommendation to be sent directly to by the application deadline indicating the job registration number 11002/2018 in the subject line.

Personnel Department • POB 74 02 38 • 13092 Berlin


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Ph.D. position