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Current status of application procedure

  • Appointment offer to the first-placed candidate (21.09.2019)
The Faculty of Technology at Bielefeld University and ZB MED – Information Centre for Life Sciences invite applications for the permanent position of

Professor of Service Science in the Life Sciences (W3)

according to the “Jülicher Modell”, starting as soon as possible.

The successful candidate will perform research and academic teaching in the area of Service Science. She or he will cooperate with the bioinformatics research groups of the Faculty of Technology and be head of a research group of ZB MED in Bielefeld. ZB MED is the central, national service centre for professional information and research support in the life sciences. Its application areas include medicine, health science and nutritional, environmental and agricultural sciences. One core research area of the Faculty of Technology is bioinformatics, from algorithmics via software development to service and training activities, with an emphasis on support of microbial genome research in biotechnology and medicine. The latter is mainly performed in the context of the German Network for Bioinformatics Infrastructure (de.NBI) whose coordination unit is located at Bielefeld University’s Center for Biotechnology (CeBiTec).

We are looking for a candidate specialized in solving questions as they arise when offering computational services in the life sciences. This includes practical experience with operating large compute infrastructures, or the integration and processing of big data sets, gained for example as PI in large-scale projects; it also includes conceptual experience, for example in the development of methodologies for the computational support of life science research. The applicant should be highly qualified in at least one of these areas.

We expect that the existing priorities of ZB MED (intelligent information processing, research data management) and of the Faculty of Technology (bioinformatics, intelligent systems) will be complemented by the planned research activities. Further, we expect commitment with the establishment of a knowledge environment for the life sciences in cooperation with other research groups of ZB MED, in particular the implementation of a national solution offering bioinformatics services to life scientists and – in conjunction – the perpetuation of the German ELIXIR node.

According to the “Jülicher Modell”, the professor will be teaching 2 LVS (hours per week) at Bielefeld University while on leave to ZB MED. The acquisition of third-party funding and the coordination of large-scale projects are expected.

Formal requirements for appointment, as detailed in paragraph 36 of the “Hochschulgesetz” of the state of North-Rhine Westfalia, are completed university studies and doctoral studies in a relevant area (preferably computer science), additional scientific achievements, which will be evaluated exclusively and thoroughly during the appointment process, as well as pedagogical and didactical qualification.

Applications from qualified handicapped persons are explicitly encouraged.

Bielefeld University has received a number of awards for its achievements in the provision of equal opportunity and has been recognized as a family friendly university. The University welcomes applications from women.

Applications are handled according to the provisions of the state equal opportunity statutes.

Applications should comprise:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Complete list of publications
  • List of 10 most important publications
  • 2-page concept of research and teaching
  • Summary of teaching experiences with current evaluations, if available
  • Summary of research experiences and successes
  • Summary of successful grant applications of the last 5 years
  • Copies of academic degrees
Please send your application in German or English language by December 10th, 2018 as a single PDF document to:


or in writing to:

Universität Bielefeld
Dekan der Technischen Fakultät
Postfach 10 01 31
33501 Bielefeld

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