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    Opportunity: Postdoc position in evolutionary bioinformatics (tools for integrative taxonomy) @ Technische Universität Braunschweig -- Braunschweig, Germany
    Submitted by Miguel Vences; posted on Thursday, January 09, 2020


    A postdoctoral researcher position (up to 3 years) in evolutionary bioinformatics is available at the Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany (research group of M. Vences:[...]ology) with collaborations at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany.

    The aim of the postdoctoral project is the development of concepts and bioinformatic tools for taxonomic data, in the framework of the DFG-funded "Taxon-Omics" priority program (SPP 1991;

    This encompasses
    (1) developing and implementing tools for user-friendly archiving and retrieving of specimen-based information from data repositories, for taxonomic use and re-use;
    (2) developing a software pipeline that formalizes an integrative taxonomy workflow: using diverse kinds of data and combining various species delimitation approaches.

    The research will be embedded in the DFG-funded Taxon-Omics priority program (SPP 1991), in which some 27 research projects are producing an array of data, from high-throughput imaging and chemotaxonomy to genomics, from protists, plants, fungi, and animals. The cutting-edge approaches to taxonomy in this program and the diversity of taxa and data, provide an ideal environment for collaborative research, and a unique opportunity to produce high-visibility methods. The research environment in this priority program is international and operates in English; international applicants are encouraged to apply.


    (1) Development of software pipelines and tools (90%)
    • Conceptual development
    • Implementation in a programming language, e.g. in R, C++, Python
    • Simulation studies
    • Collaboration with research groups in the Priority Program
    • Proof-of-principle studies with empirical data sets
    • Writing scientific publications
    (2) Organizational tasks in the priority program (10%)


    • A doctoral degree in a relevant discipline, e.g. biology, mathematics, physics, or informatics


    Ideally, the researcher should combine as many as possible of the following skills:
    • Expertise or interest in biological systematics, taxonomy, or another field of evolutionary biology
    • Familiarity with relevant programming languages
    • Experience with research data management and data repositories
    • Experience with machine learning approaches
    • Experience with analysis of genomic data
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
    • Original research publications in peer-reviewed international journals


    The postdoctoral researcher will be based at TU Braunschweig, but will spend extended periods at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, working with biodiversity-informatics experts there. A close collaboration with the team of GFBio ( is envisaged.


    Salary will be paid according to Remuneration level 13 of the Wage Agreement for Public Service in the Federal States (TV-L).


    Applications should be sent until 31st January 2020 to Miguel Vences (by email: m.vences[at] and include (1) a cover letter explaining your background and motivation, (2) a CV, and (3) email addresses of two references.


    31st January 2020

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