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We are looking for a highly skilled and motivated Postdoctoral Researcher (m/f/d) to join our cutting-edge genomics research team. This position offers an exciting opportunity to engage in groundbreaking research within a state-of-the-art wet lab environment located at the Leibniz Institute on Aging – Fritz Lipmann Institute (FLI). The FLI houses numerous core facilities for genomics, proteomics, imaging and various other applications. As a key member of our interdisciplinary team, you will design and execute advanced genomic experiments, develop innovative methodologies, and contribute to high-impact scientific discoveries. If you are passionate about genomics and have a strong background in molecular biology techniques, we invite you to apply and be part of our mission to advance the understanding of genetic mechanisms and their applications in science and medicine. This role promises a dynamic and collaborative research environment where your expertise will make a significant impact.

Your responsibilities:

    • Design and conduct experiments in genomics using advanced wet-lab techniques.
    • Develop and optimize protocols for DNA/RNA extraction, sequencing, and other genomic assays.
    • Collect and analyze high-throughput sequencing data.
    • Integrate genomic data with other omics datasets (e.g., transcriptomics, proteomics).
    • Collaborate with interdisciplinary teams including bioinformaticians, statisticians, and molecular biologists.
    • Oversee daily lab operations, ensuring compliance with safety and regulatory standards.
    • Teach undergraduate and graduate courses.
    • Mentor and supervise junior researchers, technicians, and students, guiding them in their research projects and helping them acquire the necessary skills.

Your profile:

    • Ph.D. in genomics, molecular biology, genetics, or a closely related field. Candidates in the final stages of obtaining their degree are eligible to apply.
    • Extensive experience with wet-lab techniques such as DNA/RNA extraction, PCR, qPCR, and next-generation sequencing (NGS).
    • Proficiency in handling and preparing samples for genomic analysis.
    • Strong ability to analyze and interpret genomic data.
    • Familiarity with bioinformatics tools and software for data analysis is a plus.
    • Experience in designing and executing complex genomic experiments.
    • Excellent communication skills (both written and spoken) in English; German a plus.
    • Experience in interdisciplinary team cooperation or a demonstrated willingness and ability to work in such a setting.
    • Enthusiasm for advancing knowledge and contributing to cutting-edge research.
    • Prior teaching or mentoring experience is a plus.

We offer:

  • Remuneration based on the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Public Sector of the Federal States (TV-L) at salary scale E13 — depending on the candidate’s personal qualifications —, including a special annual payment in accordance with the collective agreement.
  • Independent work with one of the largest employers in Thuringia/exciting and varied fields of activity with creative freedom.
  • You work in national and international network structures with renowned universities and research institutions.
  • Flexible working hours (flexitime and, if applicable, home office).
  • A family-friendly working environment with a variety of offers for families: University Family Office ‘JUniFamilie’ and flexible childcare (‘JUniKinder).
  • University health promotion and a wide range of university sports activities.
  • Attractive fringe benefits, e.g. capital formation benefits (VL), Job Ticket (benefits for public transport), and an occupational pension (VBL).

The position is limited to three years (full-time position, 40 hours per week). If the funding is extended, continued employment is possible.

Candidates with severe disabilities will be given preference in the case of equal qualifications and suitability.

Are you eager to work for us? Then submit your detailed written application, preferably by email (one PDF file), stating the vacancy ID 2024/bio01 to:

Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Prof. Manja Marz
Bioinformatik für Hochdurchsatzverfahren
Fakultät für Mathematik und Infomatik
Leutragraben 1
07743 Jena


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