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Post-Doc Systems Biology Multi-Cellular Simulation (open) open

In the frame of multiple systems biological projects funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research BMBF: MEDSYS, FORSYS, Virtual Liver, GerontoSys) the Hamamatsu TIGA (Tissue Imaging and Analysis) Center of the University Hospital Heidelberg is looking for a

Post-Doc in Multi-Cellular Simulation (in Bioinformatics, Software Engineering, Visualization)

We have developed the foundations of a novel multi-cellular simulation environment based on multi-agent systems (Bioinformatics, 25(16):2057-63) for epithelial tissue, especially for the simulation of the rapid renewal process of human skin. In this simulation behavioral models of individual cells interact to form the emergent properties of epithelial tissue. We are now aiming at further developing the simulation towards a more realistic histomorphological behavior and integrating gene functions (molecular networks) into the cell behavioral models. We are looking for a skilled scientist, with experiences in software development, simulation, visualization with knowledge in bioinformatics or related disciplines. Experimental (e.g. histological) reference data are generated in our own lab from native tissue and in vitro experiments. The molecular networks to be integrated are constructed by cooperating team members and will be implemented in close collaboration.

Environment: The TIGA Center is a cooperative unit with multiple partners and is hosted in the internationally leading systems biological center BIOQUANT at the University Heidelberg. You will work in close collaboration with multiple research groups of the University Hospital (e.g. National Center for Tumor Diseases), German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and other groups. The open position therefore offers an exciting environment for interdisciplinary research at the pulse of modern systems biology. We offer a friendly but dynamic working atmosphere where you have the unique opportunity to daily work with experimentalists in our own and related groups to optimally continue your scientific career.

Position: We are looking for a committed and integrating personality who values this special environment and would like to contribute his or her outstanding experience. Your background could be from computer science, bioinformatics or a related discipline. The existing software package has been developed using state-of-the art software engineering techniques in JAVA. Therefore we expect according knowledge in working on larger software packages. Experience in visualization would be beneficial. Also we expect a strong interest for multi-cellular systems biology, the ability to communicate in English in daily routine and to write scientific publications. Participation in teaching is welcomed.

Your application should contain
a) a detailed CV
b) description of previous scientific experiences (please select a representative publication)
c) your interests or method spectrum
d) two possible contacts for references

The position is currently limited for 2 years. Salary is according to TV-L 13.
The University of Heidelberg is an equal opportunity employer.

Please send your application exclusively by e-mail to: tiga.jobs @ googlemail.com
PD Dr. Niels Grabe,
Institute for Medical Biometry and Informatics,
University Hospital Heidelberg.

posted 2010.09.29