A postdoctoral position (2 years with possible extensions) is available immediately in the evolutionary genomics group of Henrik Kaessmann.

We are seeking highly qualified and enthusiastic applicants with strong skills in computational biology/bioinformatics, ideally also with experience in data mining and comparative or evolutionary genome analyses.

We have been interested in a range of topics related to the functional evolution of mammalian genomes, including those of humans and other primates. In the framework of our research, we are generating comprehensive sets of RNA-seq data for a large collection of tissues from representatives of all major mammalian lineages (placental mammals, marsupials, and egg–laying monotremes) and evolutionary outgroups (e.g., birds). In conjunction with various high-throughput “omics” (e.g., epigenomic, metabolomic, proteomic) datasets, we perform integrated analyses to study the functional (expression) evolution of mammalian genomes across gene types, lineages, organs, cell types, developmental stages, chromosomes and sexes.

The postdoctoral fellow will be funded by a recently awarded ERC Consolidator Grant and perform integrated evolutionary/bioinformatics analyses based on data produced in our lab and available genomic data. The project will focus on analyses of new ontogenetic datasets generated in the framework of the ERC Grant, but the precise project will be developed together with the candidate.

The language of the institute is English and its members form a highly international group. The ZMBH is located in Heidelberg, a picturesque international city next to the large Odenwald forest and Neckar river. The city offers a very stimulating, diverse and collaborative research environment, with the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg Institute of Theoretical Studies (HITS), and the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research located in close proximity to the University.


Contact details: Please submit a CV, statement of research interest, and names of three references to: Henrik Kaessmann (h.kaessmann [ aT ]