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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

    BACKGROUND

    A postdoctoral researcher position (up to 3 years) in evolutionary bioinformatics is available at the Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany (research group of M. Vences: www.tu-braunschweig.de/en/z[...]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; www.taxon-omics.com).

    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;
    and
    (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.

    RESPONSIBILITIES

    (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%)

    REQUIREMENTS

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

    PREFERENCES

    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

    LOCALE

    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 (www.gfbio.org) is envisaged.

    COMPENSATION

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

    HOW TO APPLY

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

    DEADLINE

    31st January 2020

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