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Announcement of Open Positions


The application deadline was 8 May. In about two weeks, all applicants will be informed whether or not they are invited to an application workshop, taking place at Bielefeld University on June 6th.

For the description of the projects, see this PDF. If you have questions, contact: didy@uni-bielefeld.de

The German-Canadian international research training group

Computational Methods for the Analysis of the Diversity and Dynamics of Genomes

at Bielefeld University, Germany, offers 6 PhD positions starting October 2016.

This international graduate program is a close cooperation with our partner program “MADD-Gen” at Simon Fraser University (SFU), Vancouver, Canada.

Research will focus on the development of methods of high importance for the practical comparative analysis of genomes, in particular in view of both the variation between individuals (diversity) and the change in populations over time (dynamics). Our program aims at training specialists in handling big data related to genomics and molecular biology.

PhD students will hold 3-year positions, payed according to German TV-L 13 table, i.e., a monthly gross salary of approximately 3200 Euros. The graduate program involves a six-months research stay at Simon Fraser University or one of the other partner institutions in Vancouver, Canada. (Additional funds to support parents and handicapped persons are available.)


Candidates should hold an excellent Master degree (or equivalent) in Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Mathematics, or a related area. They have to demonstrate broad background in the interdisciplinary field of bioinformatics in general, with a focus on computer science and deep knowledge in the area they apply for (see project descriptions for detailed requirements). As students must be able to communicate their work in the research training group, and have to quickly integrate into both the Bielefeld and Vancouver environment, good communication skills are demanded. Knowledge of the English language is required, whereas German is not necessary. Applications from suitably qualified handicapped and severely handicapped persons are explicitly encouraged.

Bielefeld University has received a number of awards for its achievements in the provision of equal opportunity and has been recognized as a family friendly university. The university welcomes applications from women. This is particularly true with regard both to academic and technical posts as well as positions in Information Technology and trades and crafts. Applications are handled according to the provisions of the state equal opportunity statutes.