Bioinformatician (m/f/div)

Bioinformatician (m/f/div)

Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing

Cologne, Germany

The Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing in Cologne invites applications for

a Bioinformatician (m/f/div)

(job code 03-2019)

The Bioinformatics Core Facility is looking for a new member with a strong background in Bioinformatics / statistics / data analysis. The group supports all institute members with state-of-the-art computational biology tools and analysis. Our range of services includes: Analytics, SaaS (Software as a Service); PaaS (Platform as a Service); IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service). For the analysis of biological data, the core facility maintains itself up-to-date with continuously developing and emerging tools. Most of the work lays on the piping of data between software or exploring data downstream of well-established pipelines. We do this with a developer’s mind, making sure all our work is readily applied to similar datasets (more information on ).

Your Tasks

  • Standard analysis of biological data – NGS (workflows include RNAseq, variant calling from exome and full genome sequencing, single cell RNAseq, DNA methylation), proteomics, high-throughput screenings.
  • Implement statistical methods in novel workflows
  • Work close with wet bench researchers to support exploration of research data
  • Provide 1 to 2 days workshops on a relevant topic twice a year

Your skills

  • data-scientist / analyst / statistician / bioinformatician with a Ph.D. in related field
  • experience with data analysis and very good level of statistics
  • experienced in bash, R, and Python (Perl and/or C/C++ is a plus)
  • experience with NGS and interest in answering biological questions
  • experience with SLURM, Docker and git is a plus
  • willing to reinvent her/him-self in order to solve new challenges
  • very good interpersonal skills, service / customer oriented

Research environment
The Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing was founded in 2008 for the purpose of understanding fundamental mechanisms of healthy ageing. It is part of a broad network of research institutions in the Cologne-Bonn area dedicated to research on ageing and age-related disease, including the CECAD Cluster of Excellent in the University of Cologne, constituting a vibrant and collaborative environment for research. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology and excellent core facilities, to which the successful candidate would have access, the institute provides outstanding research opportunities for its scientists. At the moment, we host employees from 34 different nations.

Our offer

  • a highly dynamic international research atmosphere in one of Germany’s biggest research societies
  • in-house only HPC cluster and dedicated systems administrator
  • access to the Max Planck Computing & Data Facility
  • dedicated time for own research/development
  • professional development: we highly encourage our members to take time and/or courses for further development
  • all genders are encouraged to take parenting time

The employment contract is based on contracts for the civil service (TVöD-Bund, Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst) and will initially be time limited to 2 years with the possibility to become permanent. The Max Planck Society is committed to employ more disabled individuals and especially encourages them to apply. The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and especially encourages them to apply.

Applications should include:

  • a cover letter and a Curriculum Vitae including your scientific interests, publications and scientific achievements
  • a link to an own project repo or a solution in form of code for the exercise in
  • contact information for 2-3 references
  • certificates and transcripts of the degrees you obtained already

and should be uploaded as one single pdf-file using our application website (quoting job code: 03-2019) until 1st April 2019.

Informal inquiries regarding the offer are welcome and should be sent to
For further information about the Institute see

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: 03-2019