[robotics-worldwide] Computational Biology - Post-doc and PhD positions at TU Berlin

Oliver Brock oli at cs.umass.edu
Tue Apr 21 23:25:40 PDT 2009

The Robotics and Biology Laboratory in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Technische Universität Berlin has several openings for

 - Ph.D. students
 - Post-doctoral researchers

About the Research

The Robotics and Biology Laboratory conducts innovative research in protein structure prediction, protein docking, and protein flexibility. Inspired by the representational similarities between robots at the macro-scale and proteins at the micro-scale, we are advancing computational structural biology by leveraging insights, algorithms, and techniques from robotics, robot motion planning, and AI in the biological domain. We demonstrated the success and potential impact of our strategies and methods in the most recent community-wide experiment on the critical assessment of techniques for protein structure prediction (CASP). Our research has already caught the attention of top researchers in computational biology.  Several innovative research projects are under way, all of which with the potential for substantial and lasting impact on computational biology. The successful applicant will play an important role in these projects.  The specifics of the projects will be tailored to the preferences, skills, and experience of the applicant.

Our lab is ideal for computer scientists who want to apply their expertise to the field of computational biology and for the computational biologist who wants to learn and apply a new set of innovative computational tools and perspectives for conducting cutting-edge research in computational biology.

Desired Skills

The successful applicant has completed a Masters degree (Ph.D. degree for post-doctoral researchers) in computer science, computational biology, bioinformatics, or a closely related discipline. He or she should possess excellent skills and practical experience in one or more of the following research areas: robotics, AI, protein structure prediction, protein docking, protein flexibility. We do not expect applicants to be experts in computer science and biology at the same time but instead will provide training for the skills required for the research. Proficiency in written and spoken English is required.  Knowledge of German is useful but not required.

About the Robotics and Biology Laboratory

The Robotics and Biology Laboratory is one of the few laboratories world-wide performing research at the intersection of robotics and computational biology. The lab is generously funded through the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt-Professorship by the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation. It has large, newly renovated laboratory and office space on the campus of the TU Berlin in the middle of Berlin. The lab is equipped with a large dedicated compute cluster. The lab maintains close research ties to top universities in Germany, Europe, and the USA. The Robotics and Biology Laboratory provides an ideal environment for launching a successful career in academia or industry.

About Berlin

Berlin is a thriving center for science, culture, politics, and media right in the middle of Europe. Berlin is the most populous city in Germany, but through its many parks, forests, and lakes within the city limits, it provides a quality of life that is quite unique among large cities in the world. At the same time, the cost of living is very low. Berlin is home to three high-quality universities and many academic, governmental, and industrial research organizations.

Wikipedia about Berlin: "The metropolis is home to world-renowned universities, research institutes, sporting events, orchestras, museums and personalities. Berlin's urban landscape and historical legacy has made it a popular setting for international film productions. The city is recognized for its festivals, diverse architecture, nightlife, contemporary arts and a high quality of living. Berlin has evolved into a global focal point for young individuals and artists attracted by a liberal lifestyle and modern zeitgeist."

How to Apply

International applications are encouraged to apply and will receive logistic support with visa issues. Applications will be evaluated on an ongoing basis until the positions are filled. Please email your application, including cover letter, CV, and the contact information for at least two references as a single PDF file with either "Application Biology PhD" or "Application Biology Post-Doc" in the subject line to pdvrob at cs.tu-berlin.de . If you have questions regarding the position, please contact

Mrs Gudrun Pourshirazi
Tel. +49 30 314-73 110
Fax +49 30 314-21 116
pdvrob at cs.tu-berlin.de 

TU Berlin, Fakultät IV
Robotics, EN 10
Einsteinufer 17
10587 Berlin


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