Job:PhD-level staff position in computational modelling and quantitative biology at EMBL
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EMBL European Molecular Biology Laborat…
Location: Heidelberg, Germany
Staff Category: Staff member
Contract Duration: 3 years
Grading: 6, 7 or 8; depending on qualification and experience
Closing Date: 18 January 2017
Reference Number: HD_00995,


Job Description

A PhD-level research staff position is available to head the EMBL Centre of Biological Modelling (CBM) based at EMBL’s Heidelberg site. Research at EMBL covers most areas of modern biology, including structural, cell, developmental, neuro- and tissue biology, and it uses cutting-edge technologies including biophysics, imaging and genomics. The jobholder will support EMBL scientists to exploit the opportunities of mathematical modelling for their research. The scope comprises “bottom-up” mechanistic modelling based on first principles as well as data-driven “top-down” modelling using systems analysis and statistical methods. She/he will

  • Consult researchers institution-wide on biomodelling research problems, including but not limited to signalling, metabolism, cellular architecture, cell and tissue mechanics, and systems genetics.
  • Participate in on-going research projects with mathematical modelling components.
  • Organise training courses, workshops and seminars relevant to mathematical modelling in biology.
  • Contribute to methods and tool development in this exciting area of quantitative biology to make these widely available to a large range of biological researchers.

The successful candidate will work together with the Patil, Huber and Ellenberg groups and in close collaboration with the other computational centres at EMBL: the Centre for Statistical Data Analysis, the Centre for Biomolecular Network Analysis, the Bio-IT network and other related efforts inside and outside EMBL. The position offers the potential to develop a unique qualification portfolio in the growing areas of applied quantitative biology and research infrastructures.


The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is one of the highest ranked scientific research organisations in the world. The headquarters Laboratory is located in Heidelberg (Germany), with additional sites in Cambridge (UK), Grenoble (France), Hamburg (Germany) and Rome (Italy).

Qualifications and Experience

The position requires outstanding quantitative and analytical skills. The candidate will have a PhD in systems biology, computational biology, biophysics, mathematics or a related field. We are looking for strong skills in mathematical modelling and logical analysis of complex problems, and a desire to make an impact in biological research. Curiosity to work in interdisciplinary projects and continuously expand your horizon is expected. Expertise in scientific computing is required, including programming skills in more than one language (Python, C++, R, MATLAB, etc.). The position requires good written and spoken communication skills, reliability, and keen interest in delivering top quality services.

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Additional Information

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation.

Please note that appointments on fixed term contracts can be renewed, depending on circumstances at the time of the review.

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