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Freie Universität Berlin - International Max Planck Research School for Computational Biology and Scientific Computing

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Germany
52° 26' 49.2432" N, 13° 16' 42.0636" E

The Campus Berlin-Dahlem with the Free University of Berlin (FU), the Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB) and the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics (MPIMG) harbors a significant number of groups working at the interface of life sciences (molecular biology, genome research) and formal sciences (mathematics, computer science). The mathematical and computational approaches to study biological questions are manifold, covering mathematics, statistics, and computer science. At the same time any of these approaches can be applied in diverse application areas which, taken together, makes the field hard to master for a student. The unique concentration at FU and MPIMG offers an exceptional opportunity to familiarize students with the breadth of formal methods in computational biology and scientific computing and to expose them to the scope of applied questions one can study using these tools.

The International Max Planck Research School for Computational Biology & Scientific Computing (IMPRS-CBSC) establishes a stringent graduate education program between FU and MPIMG. Building upon the existing MSc courses in bioinformatics and scientific computing, students will go through an individually tailored course program. Courses, seminars and joint research work shall foster the establishment of a close-knit community of graduate students where scientific experience and knowledge is exchanged.

The research focus of the IMPRS-CBSC will be on the mathematical and computational side of research in sequence analysis, theoretical structural biology, computational chemistry and drug design, molecular evolution, genome analysis and data analysis methods in functional genomics. Experimental research and laboratory courses in these areas shall not be part of the IMPRS-CBSC, although the graduate school will be surrounded by experimental research and theoretical courses in biological areas will be offered.

There are fully funded PhD positions in bioinformatics available at the International Max Planck Research School for Computational Biology and Scientific Computing (IMPRS-CBSC) in Berlin, Germany, starting September 2012.

We invite applications for a 3-year PhD program aimed at students holding a master's or comparable degree in bioinformatics, mathematics, physics, computer science, or biology. Students with a degree in mathematics, computer science and physics are expected to have some knowledge of the biological background, whereas students with a degree in biology should be able to demonstrate profound knowledge in mathematics and computer science. The degree should be awarded before August 2012.

Areas of research include mathematical modelling, evolutionary genomics, computational systems biology, proteomics. For further details visit our website or email Professor Kelleher. Please apply online before March 2nd, 2012. The IMPRS-CBSC is a joint program between the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, the Freie Universität Berlin and the CAS-MPG Partner Institute for Computational Biology, Shanghai. The program language is English. International applicants and women are especially encouraged to apply.

Website: Freie Universität Berlin - International Max Planck Research School for Computational Biology and Scientific Computing

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