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. 

Current job vacancies

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 RNA-Seq, 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.

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PRECISE – Platform for Single Cell Genomics and Epigenomics

is looking for an

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.


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 Opportunities

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. 


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.