|| A position for a doctoral candidate is available in Leila Taher's new lab at the Institute for Biomedical Informatics at Graz University of Technology (Austria, https://www.bioinfo.tugraz.at).
We develop and apply regulatory genomics and systems biology approaches to analyze large genomic datasets. Our long-term goal is to gain novel insights into the mechanisms and evolution of differential gene expression.
Gene expression is primarily controlled at the level of transcription, which is mediated by transcription factor activity and changes in the chromatin structure. Chromatin structure is largely determined by histone modifications and DNA methylation, collectively known as epigenetic marks. Large international efforts such as the ENCODE (https://www.encodeproject.org/) and FANTOM (http://fantom.gsc.riken.jp/) projects are now generating a wealth of transcriptomic and epigenomic data that should enable us to elucidate the mechanisms underlying health and disease. However, the analysis of these data is not trivial. In particular, repetitive regions in the genome pose an enormous challenge to current bioinformatics tools. It has been estimated that approximately two-thirds of the human genome consists of repeats or repeat-derived sequences, and a predominant part of these sequences are transposons. The successful candidate will develop computational tools to aid the genome-wide characterization of sequences of transposon origin.
The position is intended to give promising candidates the opportunity to pursue advanced research in Functional Genomics leading to a doctoral degree in Natural (Dr. rer. nat.) or Technical (Dr. Techn.) Sciences. Doctoral candidates are expected to explore and address open research questions in the field of Bioinformatics, contribute to existing projects in the Institute for Biomedical Informatics, present their work at conferences, write scientific articles describing their findings, undertake duties in academic self-administration, and actively participate in the activities of the group.
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