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RWTH Aachen - Chair of Botany and Molecular Genetics

The Chair of Botany and Molecular Genetics at RWTH Aachen University is headed by Prof. Björn Usadel (, and one of the leading groups in plant omics data integration. Our research focuses on genetic and genomic analysis, and regulation of plant metabolism, using bioinformatics and systems biology and data integration approaches. In the field of omics research, we are leading in the development and evaluation of plant genome data by sequencing through nanopores - a unique and revolutionary technology that allows real-time data acquisition and data analysis of nucleic acids while interacting directly with a protein-based nanopore.

We offer state-of-the-art techniques of Next Generation Sequencing and data analysis as well as national and international collaborations in an EU project. RWTH Aachen University offers career development trainings. 

Research Assistant/Associate

Work­ing field:

  • Ana­ly­sis of Next Gene­ra­tion Sequen­cing data
  • Inte­gra­tion of geno­mic data with phe­no­ty­pic data for horti­cul­tu­ral spe­cies to explain geno­type-envi­ron­ment inter­ac­tions
  • Data visua­liza­t­ion, data inte­gra­tion and data mining
  • Com­mu­ni­ca­tion with col­la­bo­ra­tion part­ners (natio­nal and inter­na­tio­nal) inclu­ding tra­vel­ling
  • Wri­ting sci­en­ti­fic publi­ca­ti­ons


App­li­cants must have a doc­to­rate/Ph.D. or equi­va­lent.
You have com­ple­ted your PhD in Bio­in­for­ma­tics, Com­pu­ta­tio­nal Bio­logy, Bio­sta­ti­s­tics or a rela­ted field. Expe­ri­ence with Next Gene­ra­tion Sequen­cing tech­no­lo­gies is bene­fi­cial, and a strong inte­rest in the deve­lop­ment of data inte­gra­tion and bio­in­for­ma­tic data ana­ly­sis is requi­red. Expe­ri­ence with Oxford Nano­pore data is a plus. You have good pro­gramming skills, a great deal of self-initia­tive and are able to work inde­pendently as well as part of a mul­ti­di­sci­pli­nary team. You are orga­ni­zed and goal-ori­en­ted and you have a very good know­ledge of Eng­lish (spo­ken and writ­ten). Basic know­ledge of Ger­man is a plus. Ide­ally, you are very inte­rested in col­la­bo­ra­tive pro­jects and you are also wil­ling to tra­vel abroad.

What we of­fer:

The posi­tion is fixed term until 31.03.2020 and is to be fil­led as soon as pos­si­ble. This is a full-time posi­tion.

The salary cor­re­sponds to level EG 13 TV-L.

RWTH Aachen Uni­ver­sity is cer­ti­fied as a "Family-Fri­endly Uni­ver­sity". We par­ti­cu­larly wel­come and encou­rage app­li­ca­ti­ons from women, disa­b­led per­sons and eth­nic mino­rity groups, reco­gni­zing they are under­re­pre­sen­ted across RWTH Aachen Uni­ver­sity. The prin­ci­ples of fair and open com­pe­ti­tion apply and appoint­ments will be made on merit.

How to ap­ply:

For further details, please contact
Corina Barth
Tel.: +49 (0) 241 8026635

For further information, please visit our website at:

Please send your application by August 31, 2018 to
RWTH Aachen University
Chair of Botany and Molecular Genetics
z. Hd. Frau Corina Barth
Worringerweg 3
52074 Aachen, Germany

You can also send your application via email to Please note, however, that communication via unencrypted e-mail poses a threat to confidentiality as it is potentially vulnerable to unauthorized access by third parties.