Predoctoral Position SCO Group HITS-04-2018
Opening for a Ph.D. student in High Performance Computing for Bioinformatics in the Scientific Computing group at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS gGmbH) in Heidelberg, Germany
We are seeking a highly motivated scientist to join the Scientific Computing group at HITS as an Early Stage Researcher (ESR)/Ph.D. student in IGNITE (http://www.itn-ignite.eu/), a European training network on comparative genomics of non-model invertebrates. We intend to register the candidate as PhD student at the computer science faculty of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, one of the top 5 computer science faculties in Germany.
The student will apply high performance computing techniques (e.g., low level optimization, dynamic computational kernel selection at run-time, or load balance algorithms) to accelerate large-scale phylogenetic inferences on supercomputers. The project also includes the development and efficient implementation of advanced statistical models of molecular evolution on supercomputers.
The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) was established in 2010 by the physicist and SAP co-founder Klaus Tschira (1940-2015) and the Klaus Tschira Foundation as a private, non-profit research institute. HITS conducts basic research in the natural sciences, mathematics and computer science, with a focus on the processing, structuring, and analyzing of large amounts of complex data and the development of computational methods and software. The research fields range from molecular biology to astrophysics.
The Scientific Computing group focuses on the evolution of hardware and parallel computer architectures as well as on the evolution of molecular sequences. We understand Bioinformatics as a discipline that develops algorithms, models, and open source tools that help Biologists to generate new biological insights and knowledge.
Candidates should possess a Master’s Degree or equivalent qualification in computer science (preferred), or a related discipline. Candidates should have a strong background in parallel computing and high performance computing. Biological background knowledge is not required as this will be acquired through the aforementioned training network. Candidates must also satisfy the H2020 MSCA mobility and eligibility criteria. Further details on the requirements and the project are available at: http://www.itn-ignite.eu/
To apply, please fill the application form and submit this with your application materials at the following link:application.h-its.org
The application deadline is May 31, 2018.
Please note that applications not submitted via the online system cannot be considered.
Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof. Alexandros Stamatakis (alexandros.stamatakis(at)h-its.org)