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Cha­rité - Uni­ver­si­täts­me­di­zin Ber­lin

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.

PhD can­did­ate

Insti­tute of Vir­o­logy

Work­ing field:

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.

Data pro­tec­tion notice:

Char­ité points out that per­sonal data is stored and pro­cessed as part of the applic­a­tion pro­cess in dif­fer­ent areas of Char­ité (e.g. fac­ulty, staff com­mit­tee, human resources depart­ment). Fur­ther­more, the data may be trans­ferred or pro­cessed within the group as well as in loc­a­tions out­side the group (e.g. author­it­ies) to pro­tect legit­im­ate interests. By apply­ing, you agree to our data pro­tec­tion reg­u­la­tions and terms of use, which you can find here: