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European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

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EMBL is Europe’s life sciences laboratory – an intergovernmental organisation with more than 110 independent research groups and service teams covering the spectrum of molecular biology. It operates across six sites in Heidelberg (headquarters), Barcelona, Cambridge, Grenoble, Hamburg and Rome. Our mission is to perform basic research in molecular biology; train scientists, students and visitors at all levels; offer vital services to scientists in the public and private sectors within the member states; develop new instruments and methods; and engage actively in technology transfer.

The Zimmermann-Kogadeeva lab at EMBL Heidelberg is looking for a postdoctoral fellow to conduct a research project within the BlueRemediomics consortium: Harnessing the Marine Microbiome for Novel Sustainable Biogenics and Ecosystem Services (https://blueremediomics.eu/). The overarching goal of the project is to investigate metabolic interactions in marine microbial communities by combining multi-omics, bioinformatics and modelling approaches to leverage natural sources for biological products that could be developed for use in agriculture, bioremediation, pharmaceuticals, and more.

More about the BlueRemediomics consortium project: https://www.embl.org/news/science/blueremediomics-harnessing-marine-microbes-to-promote-a-circular-bioeconomy/ 

Your role

You will conduct an independent project and collaborate with other researchers in the lab and within the BlueRemediomics consortium to investigate metabolic interactions in marine microbial communities from large-scale metagenomics and multi-omics datasets in combination with network-based approaches and metabolic modelling. Specifically, you will work towards rational discovery of novel bioactives and processes, as well as identification of habitat generalists and specialists, autotrophs and mixotrophs, and habitat-specific traits. This information will help to design synthetic communities and optimise a desired metabolic function, such as the degradation or production of a specific compound. 

You have

  • A Ph.D. degree or equivalent working experience in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Biostatistics, or related subjects
  • Experience with high-throughput sequencing, metagenomics or metatranscriptomics analyses of large-scale datasets
  • Experience in data analysis, statistics and visualization, e.g. in Python or R
  • An interest in a collaborative project within a large scientific consortium
  • Ability to work independently and in a team, and at the interface between life sciences and informatics
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, a high level of motivation and fluency in English 

You might also have

  • Experience in microbiome research (host-associated or environmental)
  • Experience with network-based approaches and genome-scale metabolic modelling
  • Knowledge in machine learning approaches
  • Familiarity with conda environment management system and with Docker/Singularity containers
  • Familiarity with HPC computing and job scripting
  • Wet-lab experience in microbiology 

Why join us

EMBL is curiosity-driven, community-oriented and international. As an inclusive, equal opportunity employer, we believe that diversity enables us to collaborate more effectively and be innovative in our approaches. We are, therefore, committed to creating an inclusive and flexible culture - one where everyone can realise their full potential and make a positive contribution to our organisation. 

We encourage applications from individuals who can complement our existing team – we believe that success is built on having teams whose backgrounds and personal experiences reflect the diversity of the populations that our science serves. We actively encourage applications from all genders and cultures, ethnic groups and all demographics to help us avoid perpetuating biases and oversights at this transformational point in our people strategy.

EMBL offers attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation with a very collegial and family-friendly working environment. Competitive salary and social security benefits, financial support for relocation, a relaxed culture, professional development, an on-site nursery, canteen and other staff facilities make EMBL a great place to work.

**Don’t meet every single requirement? We are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply nevertheless. 

What else you need to know

We are Europe’s research laboratory for the life sciences – an intergovernmental organisation performing scientific research in disciplines including molecular biology, physics, chemistry and computer science. We are an international, innovative and interdisciplinary laboratory with more than 1900 employees from many nations, operating across six sites, in Heidelberg (HQ), Barcelona, Hinxton near Cambridge, Hamburg, Grenoble and Rome.

Our mission is to offer vital services in training scientists, students and visitors at all levels; to develop new instruments and methods in the life sciences and actively engage in technology transfer activities, and to integrate European life science research. The working language of the institute is English.

EMBL is a signatory of DORA. Find out how we implement best practices in research assessment in our recruitment processes here

Location: Heidelberg - Germany
Salary: Stipend
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 15th September 2023
Closes: 13th October 2023
Job Ref: HD02463
 
   
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