Natural History Museum Vienna

A scientific position is available at the Natural History Museum Vienna. The appointment is a full-time position for a bioinformatician with a starting date no later than 1st January 2021.

The Natural History Museum Vienna is among the largest of its kind and one of the most important museums in Europe harbouring some 30 million specimens and artefacts in its scientific collections. It is one of the largest extra-university research institutions in Austria. The NHM Vienna is a centre of biodiversity research and of organismal biology research in a wide variety of aspects. One of the strategic goals of the NHM Vienna is strengthening the research on museum specimens and using modern technologies in an integrative taxonomic way. Positioned at the interface of science-to-public, the NHM Vienna has a societal mission to perform and communicate up-to-date biodiversity research, in particular against the background of the present biodiversity crisis.
We are especially interested in candidates with a broad expertise in bioinformatics and biology and a willingness to contribute to ongoing evolutionary and biodiversity research. Candidates should demonstrate a strong motivation to engage in the various projects of the research groups at the NHM Vienna as well as to develop projects and to contribute to draft funding applications together with the scientists of NHM Vienna. The appointed candidate is expected to strengthen the position of the NHM Vienna at the forefront of modern biodiversity research. The tasks include the conception, implementation and supervision of bioinformatic analyses as well as the responsibility for the associated technical (hardware, software) facilities.
Qualification requirements:
The successful candidate must have (requirements listed are mandatory to be considered as a candidate):

  • A PhD or an equivalent doctoral degree in bioinformatics/biology
  • A postdoctoral research profile with a profound experience in bioinformatic analyses of big data sets, specifically NGS data in the fields of evolutionary biology, phylogenetic systematics
  • Excellent team-working and communication skills
  • Excellent English language skills (written and spoken)

Additional qualifications regarded as advantageous:

  • Experience with studies based on natural history collections
  • Experience in the methodology of environmental DNA and DNA metabarcoding
  • Experience in teaching and supervision (MSc, PhD students)
  • Proven ability to attract external research funding
  • Command of German language is advantageous

Salary will be based on the FWF (Austrian Science Funds) standard rates for salaries (postdoc).
Electronic applications should include the following information within a single pdf file:
1. Academic Curriculum Vitae of no more than 2 -3 pages
2. List of peer-reviewed publications (submitted papers must include the submission confirmation), highlighting the relevant top five research papers showing the candidate’s portfolio in bioinformatics analyses (the author contributions section must identify the candidate as the person responsible for the bioinformatics analyses)
3. Motivation letter (1 page).
Applications (subject heading „Bewerbung Bioinformatiker/in NHM Wien“) should be mailed or e-mailed (one pdf document) by 30. September 2020 at the HR office of the Natural History Museum Vienna (Burgring 7, 1010 Wien;
Up to two reference letters may be e-mailed  by mentors of the applicant before the deadline directly to (subject heading „Bewerbung Bioinformatiker/in NHM“).


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