Postdoctoral Researcher in Computational Biology at The German Cancer Research Center

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The position is part of the ERC consolidator grant REBUILDCNS, which aims at increasing the potential of endogenous adult stem cells to repair the diseased brain. Analysis of single cell sequencing data from this project will be used to trace the cells’ history (clonal analysis) and to unravel fundamental questions of stem cell plasticity in the adult brain. The project will involve the analysis of single cell omics data from stem cells isolated from healthy or injured brain. The successful candidate’s tasks will comprise the development, testing and application of computational tools, and will involve programming, applying statistical methods and acquiring knowledge in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine. The close interaction between a computational lab and a neurobiology lab, provides a unique opportunity for a scientist interested in interdisciplinary work and lateral thinking.

The applicant will work together with the laboratory of Prof. Ana Martin-Villalba ( and Dr. Angela Goncalves (


The ideal candidate should be highly motivated and have experience in at least one of the following areas:

  • a degree in a quantitative subject such as bioinformatics, statistics, computer science, physics, genomics or a related field
  • experience in at least one programming language (R, Python, Perl, JAVA, C/C++)
  • experience in working on Linux systems
  • experience in next generation sequencing data analysis is desired, but not required

Researchers from all disciplines aiming at attaining a PhD, with a recently completed PhD or who are about to finish their PhD are welcome to apply. Postdoctoral candidates are expected to have a published record of achievements that would enable them to successfully apply for postdoctoral fellowships.  Applicants should send a CV, letters of recommendation, and a short outline of their research interests.

We offer:

  • Interesting, versatile workplace
  • International, attractive working environment
  • Campus with modern state-of-the-art infrastructure
  • Salary according to TV-L including social benefits
  • Possibility to work part-time
  • Flexible working hours
  • Comprehensive further training program
  • Access to the DKFZ  International Postdoc Program

Earliest Possible Start Date: as soon as possible

Duration: The position is limited to 2 years with the possibility of prolongation. ​

The position can in principle be part-time.​

Application Deadline: 15.03.2019


Prof. Dr. Ana Martin-Villalba
Phone +49 (0)6221/42-3766

Please note that we do not accept applications submitted via email.

The German Cancer Research Center is committed to increase the percentage of female scientists and encourages female applicants to apply. Among candidates of equal aptitude and qualifications, a person with disabilities will be given preference.                           

To apply for a position please use our online application portal (

We ask for your understanding that we cannot return application documents that are sent to us by post (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, Personalabteilung, Im Neuenheimer Feld 280, 69120 Heidelberg) and that we do not accept applications submitted via email. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


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