Scientist (Postdoc) (f/m) (with focus on transcriptomics/genomics /bioinformatics)

Reference number: 80/G/Bio             Deadline: 14.Sep.2012

Fachbereich: Biowissenschaften

The Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), division of „Biosciences“, sections “Integrative Ecophysiology” & “Functional Ecology“, is seeking to appoint within the framework of the BMBF funded ‘Verbundprojekt’ BIOACID phase II, consortium 4

a Scientist (Postdoc) (f/m)
(with focus on transcriptomics/genomics /bioinformatics)

Description: Embedded within the framework of BIOACID II (Biological Impacts of Ocean ACIDification,, consortium 4 (‘Effects of ocean acidification in a warming climate on species interactions at distribution boundaries: mechanisms and consequences at ecosystem level’) will investigate how the combined effects of ocean acidification and warming will affect interaction of different life stages of the competing fish species Gadus morhua and Boreogadus saida and their prey. Several intertwined work packages that rely on joint acclimation experiments will allow a thorough analysis of shifting species interactions and their implications at ecosystem and socioeconomic levels by an integrative approach across levels of biological organisation, from the genome to the ecosystem.
We seek a candidate for work package 4.3 ‘Comparative genomics: Linking population structure, transcriptomic responsiveness and species vulnerability to abiotic factors’. The work will include:

–     Development of a gene model for Boreogadus saida based on next-generation sequencing and the published genome from Gadus morhua
–     In-depth expression analyses (transcriptomics) in both species (and different life stages) under defined experimental conditions
–     Characterisation of the population structure and its adaptive significance in both species in relation to functional adaptive traits
–     Advanced bioinformatics and further development of data processing and analyses

Requirements: PhD degree with focus on molecular biology/genetics/bioinformatics. The candidate should have proven experience in working with transcriptomic and genomic data and in-depth expression analyses (RNA-Seq; micro arrays, high-productive Real-time PCR) including database management, annotation tools and advanced statistics using `R´. Experience in population genetics and a substantial education in genetics, respectively, would be highly advantageous. Knowledge in assembly of genomic /transcriptomic data is desirable.
Questions regarding the project should be directed to Dr. Magnus Lucassen (Magnus.Lucassen(at), Dr. Stephan Frickenhaus (Stephan.Frickenhaus(at) or Dr. Christoph Held (Christoph.Held(at)

The position is limited to 2 years, the salary will be in accordance with the German Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst (TVöD Bund): salary group E13. The successful candidate will be encouraged to develop his/her own scientific career based on the project by acquiring further funding., The position will be filled after September 1st, 2012 and as soon as a suitable candidate has been found.

The AWI aims to increase the number of female employees within the scientific staff and especially invites female scientists to apply for the position. Handicapped applicants with comparable qualifications receive preferential status. Please see the notification on our homepage under job_offers/jobs.
AWI supports balanced work-life career development via a variety of schemes.

To apply for the position, please cite the code 80/G/Bio and send your application by September 14th, 2012, to: Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar- and Marine Research, Personnel Department, P.O. Box 12 01 61, 27515 Bremerhaven, Germany

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