The ImmunoSensation Cluster of Excellence places strong emphasis on the support of early careers and gender equality. Our four-layered Promotion Concept for graduate students, post docs, young investigators and group leaders will be supported by our special funding program and will provide exciting new career opportunities that will be further shaped through interactions with our local and international partners.

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Postdoc (m/f/d)

Experienced postdoc in Computer Science
The PRECISE – Platform for Single Cell Genomics and Epigenomics is part of the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) and the LIMES (Life and Medical Sciences) Institute at the University of Bonn.

PRECISE uses high throughput technologies such as liquid handling robots and next generation sequencing (NGS), to answer basic and translational scientific questions in the area of neurodegenerative diseases and immunology together with local, national and international collaboration partners. PRECISE, in collaboration with industrial partners, offers access to novel, cutting-edge computer architectures focusing on the memory centric approaches. The successful candidate will be part of a team working on life science algorithms and computational approaches for Memory- Driven Computing to analyze next generation sequencing data and integrate NGS based datasets in a systems biology context. Key parts of the work include working with sparse data sets and developing novel algorithms that take advantage of PRECISE’s highly parallel Memory-Driven Computing systems.


Our requirements are
- PhD or equivalent in computer science or related fields.
- Experience in computational biology, bioinformatics or biomathematics is a plus.
- Knowledge and expertise in working with sparse data.
- Solid experience in object-oriented software development, ideally with C++ and
python.
- Experience in parallel computing and in-memory approaches is of advantage.
- Enthusiasm to work in a thriving academic research environment.
- An interest to work in an international environment.
- A collaborative attitude and the ability to work independently as well as in a team.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.


What we have to offer
- Participation in a challenging research project
- State of the art technologies to tackle important scientific and medical questions
- A thriving interdisciplinary research environment at the DZNE
- Fully established bioinformatics department
- Memory-Driven Computing hardware resources
- Close collaboration with industry partners and early access to novel developments

Salary is paid according to German TV-öD (E 13, 100%); the position is initially limited to two years. The DZNE and the University of Bonn are equal opportunities employers.
Applications (in English) should include a CV, a brief statement of research experiences and interests, a list of publications (if applicable) and the addresses of two referees, and should be submitted as a single pdf file to Professor Dr. Joachim L. Schultze (office.immunogenomics@uni-bonn.de) by 01st of December, 2019. We are looking to fill this position as soon as possible.

PostDoc Position

The Cluster of Excellence ImmunoSensation2 is offering a
Postdoc position in computational biology/bioinformatics
at the Department of Genomics & Immunoregulation at the Life & Medical Sciences (LIMES) Institute, starting in December 2019 for two years, with the possibility of extension, in the field of single cell transcriptome analysis.
The LIMES (Life and Medical Sciences) Institute is part of the Faculty of Mathematical and Natural Sciences at the University of Bonn. The Institute has been established to foster molecular research spanning from immunology to metabolism using a broad spectrum of cutting-edge technologies including state-of–the-art genomic technologies. In this regard, the Department for Genomics and Immunoregulation at the LIMES-Institute together with PRECISE at the DZNE Bonn has a Next-Generation Sequencing Facility and is now seeking scientist in the field of bioinformatics, computational biology and systems biology with focus in single cell transcriptome analysis. The successful candidate will be part of a team preprocessing and analyzing single cell Next-Generation Sequencing data and improving/developing computational approaches using state of the art tools and IT infrastructure.


Our requirements are
- Enthusiasm to work in a thriving academic research environment.
- Strong background in computational biology, bioinformatics, biomathematics,
biostatistics.
- Experience in the analysis of Next-Generation Sequencing data e.g. single cell RNASeq,
bulk RNA-Seq and ATAC/ChIP-Seq.
- Strong background in biology, preferable immunology.
- PhD degree or equivalent.
- An interest to work in an international environment.
- A collaborative attitude.
- Ability to work independently as well as in a team.
- Computer programming as well as skills.
- Experience in working in Linux based environments.
- Very good communication and writing skills in English.


What we have to offer
- Challenging research projects.
- State of the art technologies to tackle important scientific and medical questions
- A thriving interdisciplinary research environment at the LIMES Institute.
- Fully established bioinformatics department.
Salary is paid according to German TV-L (E 13, 100%).
The University of Bonn is an equal opportunities employer.
Complete applications in English should include a CV, a brief statement of research
experiences and interests, list of publications and addresses of two referees should be
submitted as a single pdf file to Professor Dr. Joachim L. Schultze (office.
immunogenomics@uni-bonn.de) by 22th of November.

PhD student positions (m/f/d) (65%)

The Cluster of Excellence ImmunoSensation2 is inviting applications for

PhD students 

at the Bonn Graduate School of Immunosciences and Infection.
Positions are initially limited to three years with the possibility of extension.

ImmunoSensation2 is a Cluster of Excellence funded by Germany’s Excellence Strategy at the University of Bonn. Participating scientists are dedicated to investigating innate immunity beyond the boundaries of classical immunology.
In a joint effort, immunologists, neurobiologists, systems biologists and mathematicians of the University of Bonn and the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) of the Helmholtz Association aim to connect the status of the immune system, the metabolism and the nervous system to disease states. ImmunoSensation2 is embedded into the outstanding research environment of the University of Bonn, the University Hospital and the DZNE. Furthermore, ImmunoSensation2 is internationally connected and maintains research partnerships with Australia (Melbourne University), Japan (Osaka University, Waseda University, Kyoto University) and the Netherlands (Radboud University, Nijmegen).
Students will have the opportunity to receive additional financial support to participate in an official student exchange program (3 to 6 months) with selected principal investigators at these partner universities.

PhD students will be admitted to the Bonn International Graduate School Immunosciences and Infection. In this structured PhD program, students gain experience with state-of-the-art technologies and become part of a vibrant scientific network and an internationally competitive scientific training program.

The ideal candidate will be highly motivated and team-oriented with a strong interest in immunology, a first-class academic degree in a life science-related discipline (Master’s degree or equivalent), a strong background in molecular biomedicine, molecular biology, biochemistry or cell biology and enthusiasm for working in the highly-competitive field of innate immunity research. Candidates should have strong communicative skills (fluent spoken and written English) since these are necessary for work in an international research landscape.

We offer:

  • The salary will be according to the German salary scale TV-L (EG 13)
  • A “Jobticket” (subsidized public transport) is available
  • There is also a possibility to use the day care center
  • Supplementary benefits in the public sector (pension plan according to VBL)

The University of Bonn is committed to diversity and equal opportunity. It is certified as a familyfriendly university. It aims to increase the proportion of women in areas where women are under-represented and to promote their careers in particular. It therefore urges women with relevant qualifications to apply. Applications will be handled in accordance with the Landesgleichstellungsgesetz (State Equality Act). Applications from suitable individuals with a certified serious disability and those of equal status are particularly welcome.

Applicants should send their application in a single pdf file (max. 5 MB) including motivation letter, CV, scanned academic degrees, list of publications and the contact details of two references.
More detailed information will be provided during the recruitment process. 
Please send your application by email using the reference number 192_2019 to the Cluster Coordination Office to and also indicate the project that you are interested in:

Dr. rer. nat. Catherine Drescher
Cluster of Excellence ImmunoSensation2
University Hospital Bonn
Sigmund-Freud-Str. 25
53127 Bonn
Phone: +49 (0)228/287-51286
Email: applications_immunosensation(at)ukbonn.de