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Application by 01.09.2022

The Leibniz Institute on Aging - Fritz Lipmann Institute (FLI) in Jena is a federal and state government-funded research institute and member of the Leibniz Association (Leibniz-Gemeinschaft). FLI’ s internationally visible and highly competitive research is focused on understanding the mechanisms of aging and associated age-related diseases. Scientists from over 40 countries are currently investigating the molecular mechanisms of aging and the occurrence of age-related diseases. Our aim is to create the basis for new approaches in medicine as a way to improve the health of the elderly (

The new research group of Dr. Melike Dönertas to be established in January 2023 is looking for an exceptional candidate for a senior bioinformatician to establish data analysis pipelines and support the PhD students and postdocs in their projects.

Senior Bioinformatician (m/f/d)

Research focus of the Lab:
The new research group of Dr. Melike Dönertas at the Leibniz Institute on Aging - Fritz Lipmann Institute (FLI) is part of the DFG-funded Collaborative Research Center on Predictability in Evolution (SFB1310). The group is funded by
Carl-Zeiss Stiftung. Through the institute and network of collaborations, the group has access to state-of-art animal facilities, equipment for high-throughput data generation, and expertise for experimental validation of computational models. The group is establishing an advanced computational infrastructure with CPU and GPU servers and has access to exceptional core-facility support. More information about the group:

Tasks and Challenges:

The overall responsibility of the candidate will be to develop and run computational pipelines to preprocess and integrate datasets from high-throughput experiments and perform exploratory data analysis. The candidate:
  • will help establish pipelines for the preprocessing and exploratory analysis of 16S amplicon sequencing, long and short-read metagenomics, RNAseq, sc-RNAseq, proteomics, and metabolomics datasets
  • will be responsible for the research data management in the lab
  • will support the PhD students and postdocs in their projects
  • will be expected to work harmoniously with other computational and experimental biologists at the lab and institute to develop collaborative projects


      • PhD or equal years of hands-on experience in computational biology, bioinformatics, computer science, biology or related fields
      • Experience in high-throughput data preprocessing and analysis
      • Knowledge of R and/or python
      • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
      • Experience in workflow management systems (e.g. Snakemake) will be preferred.

      We offer:

      • A motivated team that is building a new international research group - you can help create it! The institute is embedded within the multidisciplinary Jena Beutenberg Campus, an interdisciplinary base for innovative research.
      • A position integrated in the FLI PostDoc Network. The Network promotes interdisciplinary collaborations involving clinician scientists, basic scientists and bioinformaticians and supports career development and postdoctoral training courses.
      • The contract conditions and the salary will be according to the collective labour agreement for public service employees of the federal states of Germany (TV-L E13) for 2 years initially, with a possibility of extension.
        Expected starting date: January 2023
      • Flexible working time, a family friendly working environment including support for child care solutions and dual career.


      Please apply online through the FLI application portal by 01.09.2022 and provide a cover letter, your CV, your degrees and the names and contacts of 3 referees.

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