Working with us

Working with us means joining a research institute within the University of Bonn that is dedicated to the promotion of talented young researchers. It means the opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research in a multidisciplinary, resource-rich environment where people come together to collaborate, share ideas and inspire each other's research aspirations. 

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The Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn is an international research university with a broad spectrum of disciplines. 200 years of history, around 38,000 students, more than 6,000 employees and an excellent reputation at home and abroad: The University of Bonn is one of the most important universities in Germany and has been awarded the title of Excellence University.

The bioinformatics unit of the Platform for Single Cell Genomics and Epigenomics (PRECISE) at the Department of Genomics & Immunoregulation at the Life & Medical Sciences (LIMES) Institute of the University of Bonn and the research area Systems Medicine at the DZNE in Bonn are looking for an

experienced Postdoc
in Bioinformatics or Computer Science (100%)

for an initial period of three years with a possibility of extension.

The German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) is a world-leading internationally oriented research center, committed to discovering new approaches to prevent and treat neurodegenerative diseases. To this end, researchers at the DZNE sites across Germany pursue a translational and interdisciplinary strategy comprising five interconnected areas: fundamental research, clinical research, health care research, population health science, and systems medicine.

PRECISE uses mainly single cell high throughput technologies including 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 modular compute architectures focusing on memory centric approaches.

Your duties

The successful candidate will work at the intersection of life and computer sciences to enable novel analyses of next generation sequencing data in a systems medicine context. DZNE is also part of several national initiatives to standardize and provide compute resources to biologist. Here, the successful candidate will get the possibility to collaborate with major players in the field.

Your profile:

  • PhD or equivalent in bioinformatics, computer science or a related field,
  • Experience in computational biology, bioinformatics or biomathematics is a plus,
  • Experience in the analysis of Next-Generation Sequencing data e.g. single cell RNA-Seq, bulk RNA-Seq and ATAC/ChIP-Seq,
  • Strong background in biology, preferable immunology.Solid experience in R and 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.

We offer:

  • a diverse and demanding job with one of the largest employers in the region
  • 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 University of Bonn and the DZNE
  • Fully established bioinformatics department
  • Modular High Performance Computing Infrastructure with Memory-Driven Computing resources
  • Close collaboration with industry partners and early access to novel developments
  • Employment, payment and social benefits are determined by the Public Sector Collective Agreement (Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst (TVöD Bund)
  • company pension scheme (VBL)
  • numerous offers of university sports
  • very good transport connections or the possibility to purchase a VRS major customer ticket or to use inexpensive parking facilities
  • a possibility to use the day care center
  • The position is initially limited to three years
  • salary according to salary group 13 TV-L

The University of Bonn is committed to diversity and equal opportunities. It is certified as a family-friendly university. Its aim is to increase the proportion of women in areas where women are under-represented and to particularly promote their careers. It therefore urges women with relevant qualifications to apply. Applications are treated in accordance with the Land Equality Act. The application of suitable people with proven severe disabilities and persons of equivalent status is particularly welcome.

If you are interested in this position, please send your applications (in English) including a CV, a brief statement of research experiences and interests, a list of publications (if applicable) and two references in a single PDF file by e-mail to with the application code 12.21.331. by April 30, 2021. Please address any questions regarding the position described to Dr. Thomas Ulas at the same address. We are looking to fill this position as soon as possible.

Information for non-academic staff:

Position vacancies for non-academic staff will be advertised on this page and that of the University of Bonn.

Opportunities for Academic Staff and Students

For people interested in studying with us, please visit our Education and Training page for more details on study courses and application information.  

People holding fellowships at any career level, are strongly encouraged to apply directly to the lab head of a specific research group of interest at any time. Information regarding German Research Funding opportunities can be found below.

International staff and students are also encouraged to visit our International LIMES page for more helpful links and information about life at the LIMES institute.

Funding and Support

There are many funding streams supporting scientists transitioning from different labs, countries and career levels. Ranging from organizations such as the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), EMBO, and foundations such as the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, to programs including the Human Frontiers Science Program, you will find something suitable for you. 

To help kick-start start your research, the Research in Germany website provides comprehensive information about the German research funding system, funding organizations and funding programs for international researchers at all career levels. 

Tip: Funding databases offered by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and EURAXESS are a great tool to help dissect relevant fellowship opportunities. 

In addition, the Human Resource Development team at the University of Bonn offers both researchers and technical and administrative staff members a wide range of consultation offers and seminars.

Living and working in Bonn

The city of Bonn, on the river Rhine with a population of 320,000 is a vibrant, multicultural university town and ideal location for our institute. The university district is dominated by the ‘Bonner’ youth and numerous cafés, restaurants and bars add to the lively atmosphere in the inner city. Bonn is the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven, who lived here for over 20 years before his life took him to Vienna. It is a cultural center that hosts prestigious concerts and exhibitions, attracting over 1 million visitors from around the world to its Museum Mile each year.

The city is also home to 18 United Nations organizations and several world-class research and education institutions. The international University of Bonn (German: Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn) was founded in its present form in 1818, by King Frederick William III of Prussia and is now one of Germany's most reputable institutions of higher learning with over 30,000 students. Among its most famous alumni are seven Nobel Prize winners, fourteen laureates of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize, two winners of the Fields Medal, Pope Benedict XVI, Heinrich Heine, Karl Marx, Konrad Adenauer, Joseph Schumpeter and Friedrich Nietzsche. It is also one of the German universities, which was included as part of the Excellence Initiative in the funding lines the Cluster of Excellence and Graduate Schools.