Sunday, February 17, 2019

[DMANET] Phd position in data structures at University of Marburg

The Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science - Data Base Research Group
(Prof. Dr. Bernhard Seeger) at the University of Marburg offers a PhD
position within the interdisciplinary research project MOSLA -- (MOlecular
Storage for Long-time Archives).

The appointment may start as soon as possible and is limited to three
years with the option of follow-up financing. As part of the assignments,
there will be ample opportunity to conduct independent scientific research
necessary for the completion of a doctorate. Salary and benefits are
according to a public service position (TV-H E13, 100 %). The limitation
of the positions complies with § 2, 1 WissZeitVG.

The research focusses on analyzing the characteristics of DNA and
molecular systems for its usage as direct storage device. This includes
the development of new data structures and indexing techniques for DNA

We are seeking a highly motivated candidate with a good background in
databases and a deep interest to work on algorithmic aspects of storage
systems. The successful candidate must hold a MSc, Diploma or a related
qualification in Informatics, Computer Science, Data Science, or related
disciplines. Basic knowledge in the life sciences, preferably Molecular
Biology, would be advantageous. For informal project enquiries please
contact Prof. Dr. Seeger,

We actively support the professional development of junior researchers,
e.g., by the offers of Marburg Research Academy (MARA), the International
Office, and the Human Resources Development Office. We support women and
strongly encourage them to apply. In areas where women are
underrepresented, female applicants will be preferred in case of equal
qualifications. Applicants with children are welcome – Philipps-University
is certified as a family-friendly university. A reduction of working time
is possible. Applicants with a disability as described in SGB IX (§ 2 Abs.
2, 3) will be preferred in case of equal qualifications. Application and
interview costs cannot be refunded.

Please send your application mentioning registration number
fb12-0006-MOSLA-wmz-2019 electronically as a single pdf to Deadline: 08.03.2019.

**MOSLA (MOlecular Storage for Long-time Archives)** is a consortium of 8
groups from the departments of mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology
at the University of Marburg that is devoted to employing DNA and novel
metal-organic compounds as long time storage devices for information. The
overall mission of MOSLA is to prevent the threat of a supposedly **"Digital
Dark Age"**, i.e., a potential loss of digital data in the far future. The
consortium will generate new algorithms for quaternary and higher codes
including repair functions to use DNA in bacterial cells and spores to
store information for several thousands of years. The consortium will also
employ new metal organic compounds for long time storage via differential
light read out. Further, feasible and viable methods are to be developed
for encoding and decoding of data of the novel long-term archives to
warrant data security and data access for the far-future human
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