PostDoc Position : Bremerhaven, Germany

PostDoc Position : Bremerhaven, Germany

Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research – Helmholtz Association

Job description:
The Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) is a member of the Helmholtz Association (HGF) and funded by federal and state government. AWI focuses on polar and marine research in a variety of disciplines such as biology, oceanography, geology and geophysics thus allowing multidisciplinary approaches to scientific goals.

PostDoc Position

Background and tasks:
This position is available in a 3-year research project, starting end of 2016 / beginning of 2017.The project aims at investigating population-level genomic and phenotypic variability and local adaptation in a broadly distributed polar pelagic diatom species. The work plan includes field- and laboratory work and bioinformatic analyses of next generation sequence data (genomes and transcriptomes). Since the project is a joint effort of groups at AWI Bremerhaven and the University of Cologne, the project requires work place flexibility and/or frequent travelling between both places. The initial one year employment at the AWI is followed by a 2-year employment at the University of Cologne for the bioinformatics analyses and data synthesis. For further information, please contact Bánk Beszteri, Klaus Valentin or Uwe John at AWI and/or Gernot Gloeckner at the University of Cologne.

The ideal candidate has a PhD degree in marine biology, population genetics, evolutionary genomics, or another related field; a willingness to work with a broad range of methodologies; a strong interest in sequence based bioinformatics; and experience with one or more of the following fields: microalgal cultivation and ecophysiological experiments, molecular biology techniques (nucleic acid extraction, PCR, genotyping-by-sequencing), and bioinformatic analyses of large-scale sequence data sets.

For further information please contact Dr. Bánk Beszteri (, Tel.: +49 (0)471-4831- 1530).

The position is limited to 3 years. The salary will be paid in accordance with the German Tarifvertrag des öffentlichen Dienstes (TVöD Bund) up to salary group 13, based on qualifications and transferred tasks. The place of employment will be Bremerhaven.

We offer you a multi-disciplinary, international, and fascinating professional environment with flexible working hours, state-of-the-art research equipment, and a first-rate infrastructure.
AWI aims to increase the number of women in the scientific staff and therefore encourages women to apply. Disabled applicants will be given preference when equal qualifications are present. The AWI fosters the compatibility of work and family through various means. Because of our engagement in the area of work-life compatibility we have been awarded the certificate “Career and Family”.

Please forward your applications with the standard documentation by October 12th, 2016 referencing code 112/D/Bio to: Alfred-Wegener-Institut für Polar- und Meeresforschung, Personalabteilung (human resources), Postfach 12 01 61, 27515 Bremerhaven/Germany (or by e-mail (all documents merged into one PDF file) to:

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