PhD Position on The Genomics of Vertebrate Evolution at Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre, Germany

The Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F) has been founded by the Senckenberg Gesellschaft fuer Naturforschung, the Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, and additional partners. It is funded by the Federal State of Hesse through its Initiative for the Development of Scientific and Economic Excellence (LOEWE). The mission of the Centre is to carry out internationally outstanding research on the interactions of biodiversity and climate change at the organism level. The Project Area D Laboratory centre invites applications for the position of a

PhD position “The Genomics of Vertebrate Evolution”
Project D1.2 [Ref. #D15]
TV-H E 13 (50%)

The successful applicant will use bioinformatical methods for data mining of genome and transcriptome sequences for studying vertebrate evolution. The aim is to identify candidate genes that have been under selection during major past environmental changes. The candidate must hold a master or equivalent in bioinformatics, biology, genetics or a similar field of study.

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The applicant should have some background and strong interest in bioinformatics, population genetics and/or molecular phylogenetics. Programming (PERL, PYTHON or related) and some molecular biology skills are essential assets for the position. Good written and oral communication skills in English and the willingness to learn some German are required.

Salary and benefits are according to a public service position in Germany (TV-H E 13, 50%). The Research Centre BiK-F advocates gender equality. Women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply. Equally qualified severely handicapped applicants will be given preference. The contract shall start as soon as possible and will be restricted to three years. The duty station will be Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The employer is the Senckenberg Gesellschaft fuer Naturforschung.

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Please send your application by e-mail attachment, mentioning the reference of this position (#D15) and including a letter outlining your suitability for the post, a detailed CV, contact details of 2 referees and an electronic copy of your diploma-thesis and/or other exams before
September 14th to:

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. V. Mosbrugger, Scientific Coordinator Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre, Senckenberganlage 25, D-60325 Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

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For scientific enquiries contact Prof. Dr. Axel Janke (

Application Deadline : 14 September 2010

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