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Reference number: 2021-001

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Data is the new resource of the 21st century and data availability seems endless. Would you like to establish part of the data relationship lifecycle for plant science? Then the newly founded Institute of Bioinformatics (IBG-4) at the Institute of Bio- and Geosciences at Research Centre Juelich is the right place for you. The IBG-4 works on and develops methods and algorithms to achieve a fundamental understanding, especially of high-dimensional data and processes in the bio-economy. The team focuses on knowledge management and data integration, classical bioinformatics and machine learning, in particular for the prediction of phenotypes on biological questions concerning transcriptional reprogramming of plants during abiotic stress response, identification of metabolic pathways for secondary metabolites and understanding plant cell wall biosynthesis.
The institute is part of the national infrastructure for plant research data DataPLANT, which is currently under construction and will allow sustainable storage and access to plant data. Here, the institute is concerted on the standardisation and development of ontologies in collaboration with international teams.

We are looking to recruit a

Research associate from the field of data management and ontologies

Your Job:

  • You will work in the NFDI consortium DataPLANT on the definition of standards (data matrices, biological parameters, environmental conditions, etc.) and their establishment in the field of scientific data evaluation and data processing
  • You will further develop international standards on ontologies and definitions and integrate existing ontologies into the DataPLANT infrastructure
  • You will contribute to the development of efficient standardization with regard to data quality control and compatibility of data and workflows
  • You will present the scientific results at project meetings and international conferences and publish them in high-ranking scientific journals

Your Profile:

  • Degree in computer science, data science and/or plant science or similar with relevant and proven experience in the field, preferably with a PhD
  • Experience with biological and plant science ontologies as well as with standards from the plant community such as MIAPPE are an advantage
  • Experience in ontology development / controlled vocabularies as well as data curation
  • Communication and interaction with international partners for the development of ontologies and of concepts for the representation of knowledge
  • Excellent English skills, both written and spoken

Our Offer:

We work on the very latest issues that impact our society and are offering you the chance to actively help in shaping the change! We support you in your work with:

  • Interdisciplinary data science and applied bioinformatics in a highly productive research project
  • Extensive further training offer
  • A wide range of offers for combining work and family
  • Full-time position with the option of slightly reduced working hours and 30 days of annual leave


We offer you an exciting and varied role in an international and interdisciplinary working environment. A 4.5-year limited position with the possibility of a longer-term perspective. Salary and social benefits in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD). Depending on the applicant`s qualifications and the precise nature of the tasks, salary grade 13 TVöD-Bund.

Further information on the project can be obtained via the following link:
https://nfdi4plants.de/

Forschungszentrum Jülich promotes equal opportunities and diversity in its employment relations.
We also welcome applications from disabled persons.