Announcement of Open Positions

The German-Canadian international research training group
  • "Computational Methods for the Analysis of the Diversity and Dynamics of Genomes"
starting October 2013 at Bielefeld University, Germany, offers
  • 6 PhD positions
    • (3-years positions; payed according to German TV-L 13 table, i.e., a monthly gross salary of approximately 3200 Euros),
  • 1 qualification fellowship
    • (1-year scholarship for BSc graduates who can, after one year of preparatory studies and research, directly continue in the PhD program; monthly tax-free allowance of 800 Euros).
Candidates should hold an excellent Master or equivalent in Bioinformatics, Mathematics, Computer science, or related areas. They have to demonstrate broad background in the interdisciplinary field of bioinformatics in general and deep knowledge in the area they apply for (see project descriptions for detailed requirements). As students must be able to communicate their work in the research training group, and have to quickly integrate into both the Bielefeld and Vancouver environment, good communication skills are demanded. Knowledge of the English language is required, whereas German is not necessary.
The application procedure starts beginning of May. (Then project descriptions and the application form will be available.)
The application deadline is on Friday, June 7, 2013 (any time zone). Two to three weeks later, the most promising candidates will be invited to an application workshop, taking place at Bielefeld University on July 18 or 24/25 (right before or after the ISMB in Berlin). See also Events.


A description of projects including prospective supervisors will be published beginning of May.

Application Instructions

The application procedure has not yet started. Please be patient and wait until both the project descriptions and the application form are available. Applications already sent now will not be considered!
Your application has to contain the following documents:
  • Filled application form (will be available soon)
  • Letter of application:
    • Stating your motivation, qualification, main scientific experiences, and a brief outline of your current and future scientific interests (1 page). In this, refer to at least one doctoral project announced on the web page.
  • Short tabular CV:
    • In tabular form, maximum 3 pages, including start and end dates (mm/yyyy) where applicable. List your personal information, contact details, languages, and all relevant secondary education, profession and trainings after leaving school (college, Gymnasium etc.). Also include a list of all conferences you attended, your honors/prizes (e.g. scholarships), and your publications, including thesis (title), journal publications (citations only), conference talks (title and conference) and posters.
  • Transcript of records, including:
    1. 1st university degree or intermediate examination (e.g. B.Sc., Vordiplom)
    2. 2nd university degree (e.g. Master, Diploma), or intermediate results if in progress
    3. if applicable: transcript of additional university degree(s)
  • Letters of recommendation:
    • Include two letters of recommendation from qualified referees (e.g. group leaders). For reasons of privacy, the letters can also be sent to us by the referees directly.
Do not send any documents other than the required ones. Incomplete or incorrect applications will not be considered. All documents have to be provided in a single PDF file not larger than 5MB.
Include English or German translations of all official documents, in case the documents are neither in English nor German. (For the selection procedure, the translations do not need to be certified. In case you are selected for a position, you will have to provide certified translations.)
Send the PDF to didy-application(ät) by Friday, June 7, 2013 (any time zone). If you have questions, contact: didy(ät) 

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