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Vacancy ID: 229/2022
Closing date: 2022-07-20


Friedrich Schiller University is a traditional university with a strong research profile rooted in the heart of Germany. As a university covering all disciplines, it offers a wide range of subjects. Its research is focused on the areas Light—Life—Liberty. It is closely networked with non-research institutions, research companies and renowned cultural institutions. With around 18,000 students and more than 8,600 employees, the university plays a major role in shaping Jena’s character as a cosmopolitan and future-oriented city.

The Cluster of Excellence “Balance of the Microverse” at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena combines expertise in life, material, optical and computational sciences to elevate microbiome studies from descriptive to hypothesis-driven and functional analyses. Our core mission is to elucidate fundamental principles of the interactions and functions in microbial communities in diverse habitats ranging from oceans and groundwater to plant and human hosts. We aim to identify the shared characteristics of disturbed or polluted ecosystems as well as infectious diseases on the microbiome level, and develop strategies for their remediation by means of targeted interventions. Within the Cluster of Excellence, the new Viral Ecology and Omics group (VEO) of Prof. Bas E. Dutilh focuses on microbiome modelling to investigate the role of viruses in shaping the Microverse. We develop and apply state-of-the-art bioinformatics tools and mine big ‘omics data to widen the scope of our research across natural, agricultural, clinical, and synthetic environments.

The Viral Ecology and Omics group invites applications for a
Bioinformatics Lab Manager (m/f/d)

starting September 1st 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is initially limited until December 2025.

We are looking for:
As a Bioinformatics Lab Manager, you will support the dry lab activities of our group. You will help maintain databases on our system, keep the group up to date with the latest bioinformatics tools for (viral) genomics and metagenomics, and support group members by building pipelines and performing analyses on our high-performance computing cluster.

Your responsibilities:

    Install, update, and maintain the group’s software, create patches, raise issues if needed.
    Maintain databases on our system, manage/update database download scripts (see for example
    Advise and help group members, including those with little experience.
    Create and maintain pipelines for often-used computational tasks.
    Establish and maintain best practices and dry lab rules, provide documentation, instruct students who use our computers in these best practices.
    Contribute to course development (see for example
    Collaborate productively with experimental and computational researchers.

Your profile:

    • A MSc or PhD degree in bioinformatics with a focus on (meta-) genomics. Experience with bacteriophages is beneficial.
    • Experience with Linux, Bash, Python, R, Git, Snakemake, Conda, Slurm.
    • Experience with database maintenance and/or data stewardship is beneficial.
    • Experience with hardware (computers, HPC) is beneficial.
    • Enthusiasm and talent for working on interdisciplinary projects.
    • Excellent communication skills, ability to work in a team and to interact with people from diverse nationalities and scientific backgrounds.
    • You have a sense of responsibility, organisational skills, and ability to contribute to a friendly and collaborative academic working environment.
    • Languages: English and German.

We offer:

    • Embedding in the VEO/MGX groups, a highly collaborative and energetic team of international scientists in viral ecology and metagenomics.
    • A comprehensive continuing education programme for personal development, individual qualification and development measures.
    • Jena – City of Science is a lovely and lively town with a vibrant local cultural agenda. Jena is among the most liveable cities in Germany. Situated on the Saale River and surrounded by the famous Thuringian Forest, this city is ideal for lovers of nature and hiking.
    • A family-friendly working environment with a variety of offers for families: University Family Office ‘JUniFamilie’ and flexible childcare options (‘JUniKinder’ program).
    • FSU’s occupational health promotion scheme ( and a wide range of university sports activities.
    • Attractive fringe benefits, e.g. capital formation benefits (VL), Job Ticket (benefits for public transport), and an occupational pension (VBL).
    • Remuneration based on the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Public Sector of the Federal States (TV-L) up to salary scale E 13 (depending on the candidate’s personal qualifications) including a special annual payment in accordance with the collective agreement.

The full-time position will be funded through the Excellence Strategy of the German federal and state governments. A part-time contract can be discussed. To promote gender equality in science, applications by women are especially welcome. Candidates with severe disabilities will be given preference in the case of equal qualifications and suitability.

Applications should be written in English and comprise a cover letter, a detailed curriculum vitae, and copies of academic certificates. Please submit your application by email as a single PDF file, stating the vacancy ID 229/2022 by 20 July 2022 to:

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