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Leibniz-Institut für Pflanzengenetik und Kulturpflanzenforschung (IPK)

IPK Gatersleben is a large, internationally recognized centre of plant research that addresses problems of modern biology with an emphasis on crop plants. Our scientific expertise integrates a broad diversity of disciplines to elucidate the mechanisms underlying processes of plant development, metabolism, and interactions with the environment. Our research aims at the generation of fundamental knowledge and the development of genetic and biotechnological tools to spur the knowledge-based use of plant-genetic resources to optimize a variety of crop traits. Frequently, this involves co-operation with various national and international universities as well as public-private partnerships.

Research Group Leader (f/m) Computational Biology - network analysis and modelling -


This tenure track position is available from 01.10.2017 onwards. The position will become permanent upon positive evaluation after a period of up to five years.

Within the research focus areas of the Molecular Genetics Department, mechanisms of plant productivity, the leader of the interdisciplinary research group Network Analysis and Modelling is expected to devise and carry out an internationally competitive research program on integrative analyses of systems biology data. This may involve the derivation of networks, the analysis of network structures and dynamics, and/or the modelling and visualisation of developmental and metabolic processes. In close collaboration with experimental research groups extensive *omics data sets are analysed and made accessible in conjunction with spatially and temporally resolved phenotypic trait data. The group develops, implements and uses suitable algorithms, software-systems, and mathematical models. In addition to the group leader position, a research scientist position is allocated to the group.

Your tasks:

As research group leader you carry out independent and internationally visible research within the mission of the IPK and the Department of Molecular Genetics. You instruct and guide the members of your group and you raise third party research funding. In addition, you are involved in and support institute- and department-wide research initiatives and you co-ordinate the bioinformatics research activities of IPK in the areas of systems biology, network analyses, and modelling.

Your qualification:

You hold a PhD in computational biology, bioinformatics, or related areas of informatics or plant biology and demonstrated your reputation in this field of research by publications and conference contributions. You have strong expertise in plant bioinformatics, in database management, and in programming. You have basic knowledge in molecular physiology and developmental biology of plants and in statistics. Competence in co-worker supervision, in interdisciplinary interaction and co-operation as well as fund-raising ability will be expected.

Further information on the position is available through Prof. Dr. Thomas Altmann accessible under or phone +49 (0)39482 5 214.

IPK is striving to increase the proportion of women in sectors where they are underrepresented, and therefore explicitly encourages applications from qualified women. IPK has been awarded the Hertie Foundation?s work and life balance certificate (“berufundfamilie”) for its family-friendly working conditions. The IPK campus is located in the immediate vicinity of a local day care center and primary school (Grundschule). Gross salary will be up to E14 TV-L.

Your application:

Please send your application (incl. CV, a statement on research experience and intended future work and at least two references) to Mr. Danielowski ( citing the reference number 43/07/17. Please contact Mr. Danielowski also for questions regarding the application and selection procedure (phone: +49 (0)39482 5 741).

The position is open immediately and will stay open until it is filled.

Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK)
Mr. Danielowski
Corrensstraße 3, OT Gatersleben
06466 Seeland

Closing date: 30 September 2017 Published on on date 25 July 2017
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