Institute for Computational Cancer Biology | Groups


Come on board!

We are looking for talented and motivated postdoctoral fellows and graduate students to join our team at one of our sites in Cologne or Berlin!

You will develop algorithms and/or spearhead the analysis of cancer genomics projects focused on chromosomal instability, cancer evolution and cancer gene regulation.

Ideal postdoc candidates will recently have obtained a PhD and have a strong background in computational biology, genomics or a related field and a strong interest in quantitative research. Prior experience in single-cell or cancer genomics is a plus.

Ideal PhD candidates will have a Masters degree in bioinformatics, physics, mathematics, computer science or a related field and some prior experience with analysing genomics data.

We also offer MD projects for physicians with an interest in quantitative research as well as opportunities for Bachelor or Master theses and internships. Please contact Roland directly.

Successful candidates should be enthusiastic about working in a highly interdisciplinary and collaborative environment.

Current openings

Schwarzlab - Cologne

Bioinformatician / Workflow Engineer in cancer genomics and evolution

About the project

You will develop the next generation of data science workflows and algorithms for cancer genomics for our group and as part of some of the largest national and international cancer consortia including the ICGC ARGO and SATURN3 projects. You will provide research support to the group and help develop and maintain the group’s pipelines, software tools and algorithms. The position offers ample opportunities for contributing your own scientific ideas and for developing and extending your own research profile. You will work closely with an interdisciplinary and collaborative group of bioinformaticians, clinicians, and experimentalists, to develop new methods with strong translational potential.

About you

Ideal candidates will have a Masters or PhD degree in Bioinformatics, Physics, Computer Science or related fields and a strong background in quantitative genomics research and software development. Prior experience in cancer genomics is a plus. Successful candidates should be enthusiastic about working in a highly interdisciplinary environment. Excellent communication skills and the ability to work in a team are required.

For further reading and our recent works see:

Kaufmann et al. 2022, Genome Biology

Watkins et al. 2020, Nature

PCAWG TCG et al. 2020, Nature


About the position

We offer a competitive salary according to German E13 TVL. Contracts are limited until 31.12.2026 with the possibility of prolongation. Applications should be submitted online here. For inquiries, please email Prof. Roland Schwarz. The positions are to be filled as soon as possible; applications will be considered initially until March 24.

How to apply and more information

To apply for any of the advertised positions above, use the red button at the end of the job description!

You are uncertain if your professional profile would be a good fit? There seem to be currently no open positions?

We will always consider applications from outstanding candidates.

In this case, please send your application as a single PDF via email to Prof. Roland Schwarz. Applications should include:

  1. Cover letter stating your general career objectives and research interests,
  2. CV with publication list,
  3. Names and contact information of three references.