Tenure track research scientist –Marine genomics and bioinformatics

The Helmholtz-Centre of Ocean Research (GEOMAR) is one of the leading institutes in marine research in Germany. With 750 employees and a yearly budget of 65 Mio € its major goal is fundamental and applied research in all areas of marine sciences. For more information please visit www.geomar.de. The research unit Evolutionary Ecology of Marine Fishes is offering a position for a

Tenure track research scientist –Marine genomics and bioinformatics

We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic candidate who is expected to pursue his / her own research lines within the field of Marine Genomics (eukaryotes). There are also excellent opportunities to collaborate with ongoing and planned experimental projects that broadly address the evolutionary responses of populations to global change. Research projects in our group currently include:

– immune system evolution in invertebrates and teleosts
– adaptation and speciation genetics in sea turtles and teleost fishes
– experimental host-parasite co-evolution with bacteria, fish and viruses
– genomic and transcriptomic adaptation to ocean acidification in fish and phytoplankton

A major goal in our group is to seek the genetic basis of rapid adaptation /coevolutionary processes using a combination of selection experiments and field observations across contrasting habitats. One mid-term goal is to make predictions on the adaptability of species /populations based on their genomic architecture and standing genetic variation.
The GEOMAR has full access to the Center of Molecular Life Sciences Kiel with their state-of-the art next-generation sequencing facilities. Access to appropriate high-performance computing facilities is also available. The GEOMAR has culturing facilities to conduct experiments, as well as well-equipped immunological, cell biological and molecular genetic laboratories. We are also embedded into the Kiel excellence cluster The Future Ocean with the specific research topic The Evolving Ocean. GEOMAR is also member of the Max-Planck Research School (IMPRS) ‘Evolutionary Biology’. Close collaboration with the newly established professorship for theoretical biology/bioinformatics at University of Kiel is expected. Candidates with a different background (for example terrestrial model species) are also encouraged to apply, provided they commit to entering the marine world with their model systems. The post includes some start up funding and a share of the institutional budget. In addition, the acquisition of third-party funding to expand the research line by the successful applicant is expected.

We request a doctorate in natural sciences. Fluency in scripting languages and in analyzing next-generation sequencing data is prerequisite. Experience in the research area is best documented by publications in international scientific journals.

This is a full-time position, the earliest starting data is anticipated 1 April 2013, The position is initially available for 3 years. Upon review, it can be made permanent (“tenure track”). The salary depends on qualification and is up to the class 14 TVÖD of the German salary rate for public employees.
Working language in the group is English. The GEOMAR is an equal opportunity employer and encourages female scientists and scientists with disabilities to apply. Provided equal qualification, they will be preferentially considered.

For further information on this post contact Prof. Thorsten Reusch (treusch@geomar.de).

Please send your applications for this position, including a full cv, a brief description of your research interests and perspective, and two names of possible references, no later than 25 September 2012 by e-mail in a single pdf-file to the personnel office (attn Katharina Mahn, kmahn@geomar.de).

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