About the team/job

The EvoCELL network comprises 11 European partner laboratories joining forces to elucidate the evolution of animal cell types by comparative whole-body single-cell RNA-seq approaches. We are looking for a skilled bioinformatician to set up and coordinate the bioinformatic work, which is key to the success of this innovative and exciting project.

Your role

The successful candidate will help analyse and build tools for the analysis and integration of single cell RNAseq data collected from diverse marine animals by laboratories of the EvoCELL network. The researcher will be hosted in the Arendt lab at EMBL (Heidelberg, Germany) and cooperate with all EvoCELL labs across Europe. The project will entail testing and developing bioinformatic tools that allow tracking cell types and cell type families across animal phylogeny.

The network, coordinated by EMBL Heidelberg, brings together 8 academic and 2 non-academic organizations from 6 European countries, including a company and a museum. Partners have complementary expertise in evolutionary developmental biology (EvoDevo), bioinformatics, functional neurobiology, and palaeontology. In this unique environment the researcher will also have the opportunity to take part in the network training activities and benefit from established collaborations.

You have

The 24 months position is part of the EvoCELL Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network started in 2018 (www.evocell-itn.eu). The ideal candidate should have experience writing code in Python and R, as well as well as basic experience with Linux environments and web development frameworks (e.g. MySQL, Javascript, Django, D3, etc.). Prior experience with phylogenetics, particularly working with resources such as ETE Toolkit and the eggNOG database, or analyzing RNAseq data in an evolutionary context is strongly preferred.

Working language is English, therefore proficiency in this language is required.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible to apply for this position, candidates should have completed their Master studies (or the degree that allows them to embark in a PhD in their country of origin or in the hosting country), not longer than 4 years from the start of the fellowship.

At the time of recruitment, the candidate must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their recruiting organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to start of the project. Short stays such as holidays and/or compulsory national service are not taken into account. Candidates can be of any nationality, but are required to undertake transnational mobility. Candidates should ideally possess a Master’s degree in a relevant academic field, or a degree that allows them to embark in a PhD. Candidates must be within the first four years of their research career. Applications from candidates who already possess a doctoral degree will not be considered. Furthermore, this short term position does not lead to a PhD at EMBL.

Why join us

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation with a very collegial and family friendly working environment. The remuneration package comprises from a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme, medical, educational and other social benefits, as well as financial support for relocation and installation, including your family and the availability of an excellent child care facility on campus.

What else you need to know

We are Europe’s flagship research laboratory for the life sciences – an intergovernmental organisation performing scientific research in disciplines including molecular biology, physics, chemistry and computer science. We are an international, innovative and interdisciplinary laboratory with more than 1600 employees from many nations, operating across six sites, in Heidelberg (HQ), Barcelona, Hinxton near Cambridge, Hamburg, Grenoble and Rome.

Our mission is to offer vital services in training scientists, students and visitors at all levels; to develop new instruments and methods in the life sciences and actively engage in technology transfer activities, and to integrate European life science research.

Please note that appointments on fixed term contracts can be renewed, depending on circumstances at the time of the review.

Short Informations

Location: Heidelberg, Germany
Staff Category: Internship/Trainee
Contract Duration: 24 months
Grading: NA
Closing Date: 16 May 2020
Reference Number: HD01737