Bioinformatics PhD position with focus on aquatic molecular biodiversity and ecology

University of Duisburg-Essen
Germany Deutschland Essen


A bioinformatics PhD position (3 year contract) will be available early 2021 in the group of Dr. Beißer in the Department of Biodiversity at the University of Duisburg-Essen headed by Prof. Boenigk. The focus of the PhD thesis will be on the bioinformatic and statistical analyses of metatranscriptome and amplicon sequencing data from large-scale experiments in aquatic ecosystems with the aim of elucidating multiple stressor impacts on communities and ecosystem functions. The experiments, sampling and molecular work will be a joint effort within the CRC “Multilevel Response to Stressor Increase and Release in Stream Ecosystems” (SFB RESIST).


A master’s degree or equivalent in bioinformatics, ecology, biology or related fields is required as well as knowledge in high throughput sequencing analysis using Python, R and/or Bash scripting under the Linux operating system. Advantageous would be experience with processing of metatranscriptomic, amplicon or metagenomic data by the development of Snakemake workflows.

We are looking for a candidate with experience and interest in further developing her/his skills in bioinformatics and statistical analysis of sequencing data as well as curiosity for questions related to the ecology and function of aquatic microorganisms.

Start date

As soon as possible

How to Apply



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