Bioinformatics Master Thesis Position: Exploring the dark matter of the genome in Arabidopsis thaliana

The Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research (MPIPZ, in Cologne, Germany, invites applications for a MS position in the field of bioinformatics and computational biology. The position is available in the Molecular Basis for Adaptation Research Group for a period of 7 months.

Project background:
Recent technological innovations in DNA sequencing enable us to shine a light on the ‘dark matter’ of the genome. While short-read sequencing has allowed reliable identification of single nucleotide polymorphisms, structural variation in genomes has until recently remained hidden. The Molecular Basis of Adaptation research group at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne is looking for a Master’s student to join us for a project to produce high quality, chromosome level genome assemblies and characterize structural variation and its evolution in A. thaliana genomes.

The ideal candidate has experience with Unix/Linux and one or more high-level programming languages (e.g., Python, Java, C/C++) and R and has taken a course in bioinformatics. In addition, the applicant should be organized, able to work as part of a team, and have excellent attention to detail. The working language of the laboratory is English. Therefore, strong English language skills are necessary.

Application process:
The position is available starting as early as January 1 and applications will be gladly accepted before December 12th 2021. Interviews are planned for the week of December 13-18. For maximum consideration, please apply before Dec. 12. The student will receive financial support during the research (6 months) and writing phases (1 month) via a student assistantship.
To apply, please upload your application documents, including a cover letter, including a brief explanation of why you are interested in the position, a CV, a University transcript, and contact information for at least one reference through the online system.

Any questions can be addressed to Dr. Angela Hancock ( with the subject ‘Master’s Bioinformatics’.

The Max Planck Society is one of Europe's leading research organizations. In its research laboratories, workshops, libraries, and administration, scientists and researchers perform demanding tasks with a high degree of autonomy and creativity.
The Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research carries out fundamental research on plants using a wide range of methods including molecular genetics, genomics, imaging, computational biology and biochemistry. 

The Max-Planck society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.

Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Little Pumpkins is the child care facility at the MPIPZ providing daycare for children up until 3 years of age.

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If you would like to work in a dedicated team, please convince us now by sending us your complete application documents together with your earliest possible date of joining the institute.

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