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Job Title: University Assistant – Postdoctoral Researcher

Lab/Company name:Institute of Biomedical Informatics at Graz University of Technology, Leila Taher Lab

Job description:

A position for a postdoctoral researcher is available in Leila Taher’s group at the Institute for Biomedical Informatics ( at Graz University of Technology (Austria). We develop and apply regulatory genomics and systems biology approaches to analyze large genomic datasets. Our long-term goal is to gain novel insights into the mechanisms and evolution of differential gene expression.

Please note that, despite the focus of the institute, this is not a bioinformatics position.

Eligibility criteria
To be eligible to apply for this position, candidates should have:
• Completed doctoral studies or equivalent in molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, biotechnology, or a similar field.
• Practical laboratory experience sequencing with Oxford Nanopore Technologies.
• Profound knowledge and practical laboratory experience in the field of molecular genetics (DNA extraction and amplification, library preparation, cloning, qRT-PCR, etc.).

In addition, the ideal candidate should:
• Be highly motivated to independently familiarize herself/himself with a topic and develop solutions.
• Be interested in multidisciplinary work.
• Have strong logical and analytical skills.
• Have strong organizational skills.
• Be creative, independent, and self-motivated.
• Have very good written and oral English.
• Have good interpersonal skills.
• Have experience in project management, including the preparation of research proposals.
• Didactic competence and teaching experience.

Ability and willingness to teach courses in the Biomedical Engineering Bachelor and Master programs. Experience with analytical and statistical interpretation of quantitative data as well as Machine Learning would be an additional advantage.

Biological nanopores are an exciting new class of biosensors, which found practical application is in single- molecule DNA sequencing and single-molecule analysis. The successful candidate will develop, engineer and re-design biological nanopores to identify and characterize regulatory elements as well as detect epigenetic modifications in eukaryotic genomes. Relevant literature includes:
• Wang et al. Single-molecule long-read sequencing reveals the chromatin basis of gene expression. 2019.
• Dhillon et al. Combinatorial analysis of Saccharomyces cerevisiae regulatory elements. 2019.

Initially, part of the work will be dedicated to setting-up the lab (purchasing equipment, developing, and implementing protocols for calibration, performance verification, and operating procedures, establishing a maintenance program, provide training for all operators).

Main responsibilities include:
• Establishing and implementing protocols to sequence eukaryotic genomes and characterize eukaryotic epigenomes using the Oxford Nanopore MinION.
• Designing and implementing protocols for sequencing eukaryotic genomes and characterizing eukaryotic epigenomes using the Oxford Nanopore MinION.
• Developing, optimizing, and improving assays using the Oxford Nanopore MinION.
• Independently planning, executing and evaluating laboratory experiments in the field of gene regulation.
• Evaluating, analyzing, and interpreting sequencing data.
• Documenting, representing, and presenting results.
• Preparing scientific publications.
• Teaching.
• Acquisition of research projects and third-party funding.
• Training and further education (participation in conferences, continuing education, etc.).
• Administrative and organizational tasks in teaching and research.

What we offer:
The position is for a fixed term of six years and will be paid according to category B1 of the collective agreement for employees of Austrian universities. This currently
results in a monthly gross salary in the amount of € 3,889.50 (14 x per year), which may increase based on previous experience.

Leila Taher ( Reference number: 7200/20/042

How to Apply:
Applications must be submitted by August 31st, 2020 to the Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering, Prof. Roderick Bloem, preferably by e-mail (, indicating the reference number “7200/20/042” in the subject of the e-mail and including in a single PDF file the following documents:
• A cover letter stating the candidate's motivation to apply and the reason(s) why she/he should be selected for the position.
• A CV.
• List of publications.
• Copies of certificates and transcripts.
• A research statement that outlines your interest in the topic.
• The contact information of two referees.

Please cc Leila Taher ( on your application.

Salary:Gross salary of € 3,889.50 (14 x per year) with possible increase based on experience

Contact Name: Leila Taher


Job Title: Tenure track position

Lab/Company name:Harvard Medical School in Systems Biology

Job description:

The Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School invites applications for an Assistant Professor position. We seek researchers who define and address fundamental and/or applied problems in biology or medicine, and who use quantitative experimental, computational, synthetic and/or theoretical approaches in their work.

The Department faculty have diverse backgrounds and interests in cell biology, biochemistry, physics, mathematics, chemistry, computer science, engineering and medicine. We offer a lively, family-friendly and supportive environment in which to perform interdisciplinary science, with the benefit of significant scientific and scholarly resources. We encourage team science, entrepreneurship and innovation, including in the area of mentoring and developing the next generation of scientists with diverse backgrounds and interests. We are committed to building a diverse faculty and we strongly encourage applications from, or nominations of, female and minority candidates.

The successful candidate will become a member of Harvard University’s Ph.D. Program in Systems, Synthetic and Quantitative Biology, a cross-campus interdisciplinary program that attracts extraordinary graduate students.

The deadline for applications is October 31st, 2019. Interviews will occur in two phases, first over video conference (early December) and then in person (weeks of 10 Feb and 24 Feb 2020).

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.

For questions, please e-mail For application instructions, and to apply, please go to


Contact Name: Angela DePace


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