Job Advertisement HKI-24/2024

The Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology (Leibniz-HKI) investigates the pathobiology of human-pathogenic fungi and identifies targets for the development of novel natural product-based antibiotics. The research group Microbiome Dynamics invites talented and highly gifted candidates to apply as

Software Engineer (m/f/ div)

The research group Microbiome Dynamics (MDB) is seeking a highly skilled software engineer with a keen eye and interest in solving exciting life science problems. Given the high demand for big data analysis applications in the life sciences, our demand for hardware and software solutions towards efficient, high-performance computation increases constantly. In the recent past, we significantly upgraded our computer hardware to match our current demands. On top of that, we reach out to the community whenever possible and encapsulate our services into pipelines and web applications. Both our hardware and software require constant monitoring and maintenance.

To ensure the fulfilment of our goals, we welcome applications from software and IT specialists with the following expertise:

Expertise required:

  • University degree in computer science, bioinformatics or a comparable field

  • Experience in accessing server units through command-line, as well as developing/maintaining analysis pipelines in containerized environments, is a must

  • Proficiency in R and/or Python for pipeline and web application development, as well as big data analysis

  • Interest in life science data science, including gene expression and microbiome data analysis, is a plus

  • Knowledge in statistical methods in the context of biological systems is a plus

Tasks to be fulfilled:

In collaboration with our team, the tasks to be addressed by the Software Engineer comprise:

  • Web app development and maintenance

  • Curation of pipelines dedicated to efficient, high-throughput data preprocessing and analysis

  • Cluster management / server administration

  • Distributed computing / software scaling towards grid engines

  • Monitoring / work load surveillance of our HPCs

We offer:

The Software Engineer will be hosted in the research group Microbiome Dynamics (MBD) of Prof. Dr. Gianni Panagiotou of the Leibniz-HKI in an international, dynamic team with access to state-of-the-art computational resources.

Remuneration will be according to the TV-L (Collective Agreement for the Public Service of the Federal States, unrestricted, full-time) at the salary level E10. Depending on qualifications, adjustments are possible. As an equal opportunity employer, the Leibniz-HKI is committed to increasing the percentage of female scientists and therefore especially encourages them to apply.

For further information:

Prof. Dr. Gianni Panagiotou | +49 3641 532 1759 |


Leibniz-HKI is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace. It aims to increase the proportion of underrepresented groups in case of equal suitability. All qualified persons, regardless of color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other classification protected by law will receive consideration for employment.

Complete applications in English should include a cover letter, a CV containing a complete list of publications, a brief statement of research experiences, the addresses of two possible referees, and should be submitted via the Leibniz-HKI online application system. The deadline for the advertisement is June 30, 2024, but applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.