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Funded PhD position; in computational methods in discovery-oriented metabolomics; at Helmholtz Zentrum München; in Munich, Germany

The Helmholtz Zentrum München in Munich, Germany, is member of one of the leading research associations in Europe – the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers. The aim of our research is to proactively detect health risks involving humans and the environment, decoding the mechanisms of pathogenesis and developing concepts for prevention and therapy.

At the earliest date possible the Research Unit Analytical BioGeoChemistry (BGC) searches for a highly motivated

PhD student in “computational methods in discovery-oriented metabolomics” (f/m)

Job Description
– Working in a scientific project funded by “Deutsches Zentrum für Diabetesforschung” with focus on genotype-driven deep metabotyping of high risk type 2 diabetes population
– Develop and apply computational methods in discovery-oriented metabolomics (e.g. algorithms for data analysis for high resolution mass spectrometry)
– Support and further development of existing data analysis platforms
– Special focus on computational methods for analysis network-based data
– Presentation of the results on meetings and conferences

Your Qualifications
– Studies (Masters/Diploma) in physics, mathematics, biology, bioinformatics, computer science or related disciplines
– Strong knowledge on common machine learning and statistical methods to analyze the data
– Strong interest to develop advanced computational tools for multivariate data processing
– Strong interest in integrating knowledge from various disciplines (biology/chemistry/bioinformatics)
– Good knowledge of common programming languages for data analysis: MATLAB, R, Python (other languages is a plus, e.g. Java)
– Ability to read and refactor existing code
– Advanced knowledge of computer science paradigms is a plus
– Basic knowledge of mass spectrometry and biochemistry is a strong plus
– Good knowledge in spoken and written English
– Excellent teamwork and communication skills

Our Offer
At the Helmholtz Zentrum München, you can contribute together with leading researchers to the investigation of the development, prevention and treatment of environmental diseases such as diabetes, chronic lung diseases and allergies. In order to further promote your professional development, we offer extensive and targeted research training and career programmes. We support the reconciliation between work and private life with flexible working time models, occupational health management, day care facility for children, a childcare subsidy, Elder Care, as well as other counseling and support services.

Remuneration and benefits are in accordance with the collective agreement for the public service (EG 13 50% TV EntgO Bund). In addition, there is also the possibility of granting an allowance amounting to 15% if the necessary conditions are fulfilled.

The position is (initially) limited to three years.

The activity involves special knowledge and experience specific to own scientific skills.

As a holder of the Total E-Quality Award, we promote equality of opportunity. In order to increase the proportion of women in management positions, we would be pleased to receive corresponding applications. Qualified applicants with physical disabilities will be given preference.

We are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive online application until 31.01.2018.

Send application to

Dr. Sara Forcisi
Telefon: 089 3187-3308

Helmholtz Zentrum München
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Gesundheit und Umwelt (GmbH)
Research Unit Analytical Biogeochemistry
Ingolstädter Landstraße 1

85764 Neuherberg


Deadline: November 30, 2017.

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