Bioinformatician (m/f/d)

Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, Cologne

Type of Job


Developmental and Evolutionary Biology & Genetics Structural and Cell Biology

Job Code: 09-2024

Job offer from May 24, 2024

The Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing was founded in 2008 with the mission to unravel fundamental mechanisms of healthy ageing. It is part of a broad network of institutions in the Cologne-Bonn area dedicated to research on ageing and age-related disease, constituting a vibrant and collaborative environment.

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 involves the channeling of data between known 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 The Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing in Cologne invites applications for a Bioinformatician (m/f/d).

Your tasks

  • Use established methods for the analysis of biological data - NGS (eg. RNAseq, variant calling from exome and full genome sequencing, single cell RNAseq, DNA methylation), proteomics, high-throughput screenings
  • Implement statistical methods in novel workflows
  • Develop Flask and Dash based Apps for internal and external use (eg.
  • Work close with wet bench researchers to support exploration of research data
  • Provide 1 to 2 days workshops on a relevant topic once a year

Your skills

  • bioinformatician / data-scientist / statistician 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 other Omics technologies while being focused on biological questions
  • experience with Nextflow, SLURM, Docker, Docker Swarm, Kubernetes, and git is a plus
  • willing to reinvent her/him-self in order to solve new challenges
  • very good interpersonal skills, service / customer oriented

Our offer

  • a highly dynamic international research atmosphere in one of Germany's biggest research societies
  • dedicated cloud infrastructure
  • dedicated cloud dev. ops. engineer
  • access to the Max Planck Computing & Data Facility
  • 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 will be based on contracts for the civil service (TVöD-Bund, Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst, up to TVöD E13 salary group, depending on qualification and experience) and will initially be time limited. The Max Planck Society endeavours to achieve gender equality and diversity, and therefore seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and explicitly encourages women to apply. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of employees with severe disabilities in its workforce. Applications from persons with severe disabilities are expressly desired.

Applications should include

  • a cover letter and a Curriculum Vitae including your scientific interests, publications and scientific achievements
  • 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 latest by 5th of July, 2024 (quoting job code: 09-2024).

Informal inquiries regarding the offer are welcome and should be sent to .

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