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Announcement of Open Positions

The German-Canadian international research training group

  • “Computational Methods for the Analysis of the Diversity and Dynamics of Genomes”

has currently open positions for graduate students, to study at Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, Canada) and Bielefeld University (Germany), starting in the fall 2014.

This international graduate program is a close cooperation of:

The available positions include six PhD positions at Bielefeld University, as well as PhD and MSc positions at SFU.

For applying at Bielefeld University, follow the instructions below. For applying at SFU, see In case you are interested in both institutions, you have to apply for both programs separately since applications will not be exchanged.

Research will focus on the development of methods of high importance for the practical comparative analysis of genomes, in particular in view of both the variation between individuals (diversity) and the change in populations over time (dynamics). Our program aims at training specialists in handling big data related to genomics and molecular biology.

Candidates must demonstrate broad background in the interdisciplinary field of bioinformatics in general and deep knowledge in the area they apply for. Our program is primarily targeted at students with a strong background in Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, Computing Science, Mathematics or a related field. Candidates must have finished their master's degree (or equivalent) before starting their PhD, i.e., before October 2014. As students must be able to communicate their work in the research training group, and have to quickly integrate into both the Bielefeld and Vancouver environment, good communication skills are demanded. Knowledge of the English language is required, whereas German is not necessary, even for students applying at Bielefeld.

Bielefeld (DiDy) students will hold 3 years positions in the DFG International Research Training Group 1906, payed according to German TV-L 13 table, i.e., a monthly gross salary of approximately 3200 Euros.

The qualification program includes a 6-months research visit at the Vancouver partner, dedicated courses, workshops/retreats, etc.

Application deadline: December 31st, 2013

Application Instructions

1. Choose potential supervisors

The following DiDy faculty members can act as your potential supervisors. Choose two names from the following list to enter them into the application form (see 2.).

2. Fill the application form

The following pdf form can be filled electronically, e.g. with Adobe Acrobat Reader:

3. Provide further documents

Your application has to contain the following documents. Do not send any documents other than the required ones.

Include English or German translations of all official documents, in case the documents are neither in English nor German. (For the selection procedure, the translations do not need to be certified. In case you are selected for a position, you will have to provide certified translations.)

  • Letter of application:
    • Stating your motivation, qualification, main scientific experiences, and a brief outline of your current and future scientific interests (1 page).
  Short tabular CV: 
  * In tabular form, maximum 2 pages, including start and end dates (mm/yyyy) where applicable. List your personal information, contact details, languages, and all relevant secondary education, profession and trainings after leaving school (college, Gymnasium etc.). Also include a list of all conferences you attended, your honors/prizes (e.g. scholarships), and your publications, including thesis (title), journal publications (citations only), conference talks (title and conference) and posters. 
  Transcript of records, including: 
  - 1st university degree or intermediate examination (e.g. B.Sc., Vordiplom) 
  - 2nd university degree (e.g. Master, Diploma), or intermediate results if in progress 
  - if applicable: transcript of additional university degree(s) 
  Letters of recommendation: 
  * Include two letters of recommendation from qualified referees (e.g. group leaders). For reasons of privacy, the letters can also be sent to us by the referees directly (to any email address mentioned below). 

4. Submit your application

  • All documents (including the form) have to be provided in a single PDF file not larger than 5MB.
  • Send the PDF to by December 31st, 2013 (any time zone).
  • Incomplete or incorrect applications will not be considered.


If you have questions, contact:

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