IT and Computational Biology Expert
Location: Heidelberg, Germany
Staff Category: Staff Member
Contract Duration: 3 years
Grading: 7
Closing Date: 31 October 2019
Reference Number: HD01623
EMBL is seeking an expert in Computational Biology and IT to join Dr. Jan Korbel's group in the Genome Biology Unit. The position holder will actively participate in the design, development, and adjustment of interoperable workflows and pipelines to enable the analysis of data from the latest next-generation DNA sequencing platforms, including from single cell technologies. The post holder may get involved in analysing large numbers of human genomes, including from cancer patients and normal individuals of varying age to unravel the relationship of somatic mutations and ageing.

Your role

  • Develop new computational workflows and analytical methods for human genome data analysis
  • Design and implement cloud-based workflows for single-cell sequencing protocols, particularly Strand-Seq
  • Integrate tools in pipelines and workflows and optimize their interoperability, efficiency, usability and portability
  • Participate in cutting-edge research projects of the Korbel group by helping with data analysis and data management tasks
  • Interact with other scientists at EMBL and partner networks (Elixir, de.NBI) in an international, interdisciplinary, and highly collaborative work environment

You have

  • A M.Sc. or PhD in Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, Physics or Computer Science with a background in large-scale genomics data handling
  • Advanced programming skills in at least one high level programming language (Java, C, or C++), R Statistics and one scripting language (Python, Julia)
  • A solid knowledge in database technologies (SQL), cloud computing frameworks (OpenStack, GNOS), containerization technologies (Singularity, Docker), code version control (git) and continuous integration services (CI)
  • A strong interest in computational data analysis and data management
  • Strong communication skills as well as the ability to interact with other scientists and to work in an international and interdisciplinary team
  • A basic understanding of molecular genetics and cancer research

You might also have

  • Prior expertise in the application of cloud computing in genomics
  • Practical knowledge in sequencing data analysis, cloud computing, statistics, advanced computer programming, machine learning, and/or algorithm engineering
  • Basic knowledge of HTML and web service development

Why join us

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation with a very collegial and family friendly working environment. The remuneration package comprises a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme, medical, educational and other social benefits, and the availability of an excellent child care facility on campus. You will be involved in cutting-edge projects and activities and will collaborate with experts from the scientific community and have the possibility to acquire new state-of-the-art skills.

What else you need to know

The Korbel group at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) combines experimental and computational approaches – including single-cell sequencing technology, genome sequencing, big data analytics, and machine learning – to unravel determinants and consequences of germline and somatic genetic variation. Our group is using bulk as well as single cell-based omics approaches for investigating mechanisms behind complex phenotypes in humans, ranging from common diseases including cancer to ageing. An over-arching theme centers on the formation and selection of germline and somatic genetic variation in health and disease states, in particular genomic structural variation (SV).