Postdoctoral research associate (m/f/d)

Leibniz Institute DSMZ–German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures, Braunschweig

The Leibniz-Institute DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures GmbH, Braunschweig offers the position of a

Postdoctoral research associate (m/f/d) 

in the Department Microbial Ecology and Diversity Research (Prof. Dr. Jörg Overmann). The appointment will be for 3 years with a salary level according to TV-L 13. The position is offered as full time (39.8 hours per week) and is not appropriate for part time work. 

The project DIASPora will establish an interdisciplinary novel approach to link and synthesize information for microorganisms. New, tailored user-centric workflows will be established combining state-of-the-art methods from genomics and data science. Extraction of phenotypic data from the microbiological literature will be achieved by large-scale text mining, applying artificial intelligence (AI) techniques that will be trained through the participation of in house microbiologist curators. All data recovered within the project will be hosted by the BacDive database after transformation into a machine-readable format. The Bacterial Diversity Metadatabase (BacDive; bacdive.dsmz.de) has been developed as the world´s largest database of standardized prokaryotic phenotypic data and currently offers data on 81,827 strains. The database is part of the German bioinformatics network de.NBI as well as the European network ELIXIR.

The main tasks of the postdoctoral researcher will be the mobilization of genome-based information on bacterial phenotypic traits and their integration into BacDive. New approaches will be developed that use an AI-supported workflow for the semi-automated extraction of bacterial phenotypic data from the literature. Also, innovative methods will be applied to predict phenotypic properties for genomes with low annotation level and results will be subjected to experimental verification in the DSMZ laboratories. 

We invite applications of highly motivated scientists with strong expertise in microbiology and bioinformatics, focused on microbial genome analyses and biochemical interpretations. Requirement is a PhD university degree in microbiology, bioinformatics, biotechnology, biochemistry or comparable disciplines. Experiences in programming languages (e.g. python, R) and ontologies would be an asset.

The Leibniz Institute DSMZ is one of the largest bioresource centers in the world. The institute is equipped with state-of-the art instruments for microbiological, chemical, and molecular work, including an own next-generation sequencing, metabolomics, and bioinformatics core facility. The institutes of the Leibniz Association strive to increase the proportion of female scientists. Disabled applicants with identical qualification will be preferentially selected. The DSMZ is an equal opportunity employer, supports balanced work-life career development, and holds the certificate of the audit berufundfamilie®.

For further information please contact Lorenz Reimer (Lorenz.Reimer(at)dsmz.de; phone: ++49-531-2616-311). 

Please send your complete application documents including a CV, motivation letter, summary of master/PhD thesis, copies of certificates, publication list, three representative publications and two reference indications with application number 26/19 to 

Leibniz-Institut DSMZ-Deutsche Sammlung von Mikroorganismen und Zellkulturen GmbH


Inhoffenstraße 7B

38124 Braunschweig

or as a single pdf file to bewerbung(at)dsmz.de.

Applications are welcome in German or English.

The deadline for this application is February 29th, 2020.