PhD Position in a joint project with Uni Marburg (f/m)
In 2010, the Philipps-Universität Marburg and the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology joined forces to
bring synthetic microbiology to Marburg. They established SYNMIKRO, the Center for Synthetic Microbiology, with-
in the LOEWE excellence program of the state of Hessen. Research at the center follows the two-pronged ap-
proach – building to understand and understanding to build – to gain insights into the basic principles of microbial
life and to provide the fundamental knowledge and tools needed to tap in novel ways the potential of microorgan-
isms as cell factories or sensor/reporter systems. Since its foundation, the center has grown to become a major,
internationally visible research institution that today represents one of the hot spots of research in quantitative
and synthetic microbiology in Europe.
The Project Group of Dr. Sobetzko, which is part of the Department of Chromosome Biology, Prof. Dr. Torsten
Waldminghaus, is seeking for a
The full time position, limited to 2 years, is operated by the DFG-funded project „DNA from the coding perspec-
tive“. Salary and benefits are according to a public service position in Germany (TV-H E13).
Gene regulation is the central element to concert complex cellular mechanisms of a living cell. In this project, we
want to apply RNA-seq and DNA-seq data to investigate the role of DNA sequence composition in organizing regu-
latory networks and physical information transfer by gene neighborhood relations. We will develop comparative
genomics approaches to tackle these questions. Furthermore, we will monitor the evolution of the regulatory sys-
tem in strains with network defects for about 20,000 generations using DNA- and RNA-seq. At our graduate school
the candidate will be trained to professionally present results and hypotheses within SYNMIKRO and on interna-
tional conferences and workshops.
In the frame of this third party founded project the opportunity for scientific work is given. The results are avail-
able outside for further application. The limitation of the contract complies to § 2 Abs. 2 WissZeitVG.The success-
ful candidate must hold a MSc, Diploma, PhD or a related qualification in Bioinformatics. Further, the candidate
should demonstrate an outstanding scientific record and should be trained in at least one computer language (e.g.
Java or Python). Theoretical knowledge in analyzing transcriptomics data and practical experience in statistical
analysis using R or MatLab are essential. Theoretical knowledge in the disciplines of microbiology and genetics are
For informal project enquiries don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Sobetzko via email@example.com-
We support women and strongly encourage them to apply. In areas where women are underrepresented, female
applicants will be preferred in case of equal qualifications. Applicants with children are welcome – Philipps-
University is certified as a family-friendly university. Sharing a full-time position (§ 8 Abs. 2 S. 1 HGlG) as well as a
reduction of working time is possible. Applicants with a disability as described in SGB IX (§ 2 Abs. 2, 3) will be pre-
ferred in case of equal qualifications. Application and interview costs cannot be refunded.
Please send your application mentioning registration number ZE-111-synmikro-wmz-2017 and including a let-
ter of motivation, CV, copies of relevant certificates and names and affiliation of two academic referees elec-
tronically as a single pdf to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline: October 27th, 2017.