The Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin is a joint medical faculty, which serves both Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. As one of the largest university hospitals in Europe with an important history, it plays a leading role in research, teaching and clinical care. The Charité university hospital has also made a name for itself as a modern business with certifications in the medical, clinical and management fields.
Institute of Virology
We are looking for a Ph.D. student to join our computational virology group at the Institute for Virology at Charité Universitätsmedizin in Berlin. Charité is a large research hospital, recently ranked #1 in Europe. The position is funded by a grant from the Wellcome Trust (UK), in collaboration with the Lundbeck Foundation GeoGenetics Centre in Copenhagen and the GeoGenetics center in the department of Zoology at the University of Cambridge.
Your area of responsibility
The ideal candidate will have a background in bioinformatics or computer science, with a strong interest in biology (and preferably virology) and learning to use and create computational tools based on viral sequence data. You will be expected to learn all aspects of the computational tools we use, to become a proficient Python programmer, and to contribute to our collection of tools by writing your own code. The fundamental aim of the group is to bring computational tools to bear on the study of virus evolution, virus discovery, and viral diagnostics. The Ph.D. position will be focused on the recovery and analysis of viral genomes from ancient DNA materials. You will have access to unique ancient DNA datasets. Our work on ancient viral DNA to date has focused on Hepatitis B virus and human Parvovirus B19. Our group also helps support the computational needs of other groups within the virology institute, regularly helps Charité with the important and sometimes urgent analysis of unsolved diagnostic cases that are suspected to be of viral origin, and has been working on analysis of the ongoing human coronavirus outbreak. You will be expected to contribute broadly to these common aims and to help others learn computational skills as well. The working language of the group is English.
Masters degree in bioinformatics or computer science.
Strong practical knowledge of Python or some other programming language.
A dedication to software quality, including unit and other testing.
Experience working with Linux, OS X, or other UNIX operating system.
Experience with statistical software packages (e.g., R).
Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
The ability to organise time and work independently but also to work in a multi-disciplinary and collaborative environment.
How to apply:
DIE CHARITÉ – UNIVERSITÄTSMEDIZIN BERLIN makes its human resources decisions based on suitability, competence and professional performance. At the same time, it strives to increase the percentage of women in management positions and takes this into consideration where candidates are equally qualified within the limits of what is legally possible. Applications from people with a migrant background are also explicitly welcome. Severely disabled applicants are given preferential consideration in the case of candidates with equal qualifications. An extended certificate of conduct must be submitted. Any travel expenses incurred cannot be reimbursed.
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