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The department of Molecular and Medical Virology (working group Computational Virology) of the Faculty of Medicine is looking for a

Postdoctoral Fellow (f/m/d)

temporary in full-time (39,83 hrs./week = 100,00 %, 30.04.2027, E 14), starting as soon as possible.


The group of Dr. Daniel Todt in the Department of Molecular and Medical Virology at the Ruhr University Bochum is seeking a highly motivated and talented postdoctoral fellow (w/m/d) for our new BMBF-funded (German Federal Ministry of Education and Research) research group in Computational Virology.

Our group combines strong expertise in RNA virus biology and bioinformatics. We study virus-host interactions of hepatotrophic viruses, mainly hepatitis E virus (HEV), using -omics data sets. We aim to identify viral mutations associated with treatment failure and understand differential immune responses in patients suffering from chronic or acute HEV infections. Furthermore, we apply machine learning algorithms to identify viral signatures in large transcriptomic datasets. Besides well established Illumina-based protocols, we are currently establishing Oxford Nanopore Sequencing and plan to set-up single cell RNA sequencing in our faculty.
Information about our research can be found at: www.virologie-bochum.de/computational-virology/

To complement our research team, we are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral candidate. The candidate will be involved in all aspects of the new group, including own projects, supervision of Ph.D. and Masterstudents and administration. Ideas for own projects are highly welcome and will be supported.

extent: full-time, E14
duration: temporary
beginning: as soon as possible
time limit: 16.10.2022

Your tasks:

  • analysis and interpretation of -omics data sets (RNAseq, scRNAseq, ampliconSeq, etc.),
  • establishment of high performance cluster and NAS server structure,
  • supervision and guidance of PhD students and MSc. students,
  • third party funding acquisition,
  • close collaboration with international partners,
  • presentation of data and projects on international conferences and publication of scientific articles.

Your profile:

  • A Ph.D. (or equivalent degree) in bioinformatics, biology or related field with an excellent publication record, appropriate for the career stage;
  • profound knowledge and understanding of virology and cell biology;
  • solid experience in state-of-the-art sequencing techniques;
  • experienced handling of bioinformatic pipelines and basics of script languages;
  • ideally, previous application of machine learning algorithms;
  • high capacity for teamwork;
  • interest in working in an international and interdisciplinary environment;
  • fluency in written and spoken English language is mandatory.

Our offerings:

  • challenging and varied tasks with a high level of personal responsibility;
  • team-oriented cooperation in a committed, international and appreciative team;
  • an agile way of working;
  • employment at one of the largest universities in Germany in the University Alliance Ruhr network;
  • fair working hours and family-friendly working conditions.

Additional information:

The employment relationship is based on the collective agreement of the Länder (TV-L). Depending on the fulfilment of the personal and collective agreement requirements, the position is classified in pay group 14 of the TV-L. You can find more information on this under: https://oeffentlicher-dienst.info/

If the position is funded by third-party funds the employee has no teaching obligation.

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum is one of Germany’s leading research universities, addressing the whole range of academic disciplines. A highly dynamic setting enables researchers and students to work across the traditional boundaries of academic subjects and faculties. To create knowledge networks within and beyond the university is RUB’s declared aim.


The Ruhr-Universität Bochum stands for diversity and equal opportunities. For this reason, we favour a working environment composed of heterogeneous teams, and seek to promote the careers of individuals who are underrepresented in our respective professional areas. The Ruhr-Universität Bochum expressly requests job applications from women. In areas in which they are underrepresented they will be given preference in the case of equivalent qualifications with male candidates. Applications from individuals with disabilities are most welcome.

Contact details for your application:

Herr Dr. Daniel Todt, Tel.: +49234 32 22463

Travel expenses for interviews cannot be refunded.

For information on the collection of personal data in the application process see: https://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/en/information-collection-personal-data-application-process.

Candidates interested in this position should send their application (cover letter including motivation and an short outline of potential research projects/interests, CV, publication list, list of at least two academic references) as single PDF.
We are looking forward to receiving your application with the specification ANR: 1057 until 16/10/2022, send by e-mail to the following address: computational-virology@ruhr-uni-bochum.de

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