System analyst/administrator

We are seeking a System analyst/administrator to join the Freiburg Galaxy team:

  • Contract Duration: 2 years (renewable)
  • Salary: E13 TV-L for a post-doc or equivalent

The Freiburg Galaxy Team is offering several services to enable reproducible and accessible research for everyone. Our flagship service is the European Galaxy server which is the biggest Galaxy instance in Europe, and one of the biggest worldwide. We are also passionate about training! Our team wants to support researchers to take part in their own data analyses by educating them in e.g. big data analysis, programming, data management, and Galaxy server administration.

Your role

The Freiburg Galaxy Team has a wide variety of active projects where you could be involved in. Our current areas of expertise include:

  • Distributed computing and systems programming

    We are engaged in the development of workflow systems, cloud computing based solutions, and other projects involving high performance and data intensive computing.

  • Web-based visualization and visual analytics

    We are building web interfaces for visual analysis of large data analysis that leverage cutting edge web technologies.

  • Informatics and big data analysis and integration

    We build and use tools to analyze large datasets generated by high-throughput DNA sequencing to understand genomes and genome function.

  • Bioinformatics application areas such as transcriptomics, epigenetics,metagenomics and genome-annotation.

  • Machine learning and cheminformatics

    We want to make machine learning and cheminformatics more accessible and reproducible.

  • Linux containers technologies and software management with conda

    We are heavily involved in Bioconda and BioContainers to build the new scientific stack for reproducible research.

  • Train the next generation of data scientists

    We aim to democratize bioinformatics infrastructure and knowledge. We are passionate about training and education across the world.

  • Building the European Life-Science Infrastructure

    The European Galaxy project is part of de.NBI, ELIXIR and EOSC to build a sustainable and transparent research platform.

You have

You should have a university degree in the computer sciences or life sciences and have several years’ experience in a software developer capacity.

  • Experience with Unix-based environment and high-performance computing cluster environment
  • Shell scripting
  • Experience in full software development cycle including design, implementation, testing, version control and deployment
  • Willingness to learn new skills as the project requires
  • Self-motivated and capable of working both independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and English language skills

Why join us

Join the Freiburg Galaxy Team and you’ll join a community of skilled professionals. We offer attractive conditions and benefits to attract and retain you:

Leading group of Galaxy Europe​ (the biggest Galaxy server in Europe), ​Bioconda​ & BioContainers

We offer the chance to work with leading, cutting edge technologies both in IT and computational biology and give you the opportunity to broaden your skills using open source technologies within a bioinformatics context.

Flexible and international working environment

We’re a diverse and young team from several countries. The working language of the team is English. Creativity, curiosity and expertise can be found here, fostered by a collegial and supportive working environment.

The regular working week in the team is a 5-day week, with 39 working hours, excluding breaks. We also offers part-time positions and flexible working time as well as a generous annual leave allowance.

Competitive salaries

We offer salaries according to TV-L, e.g. E13 for a PostDoc or a PhD student, with 100% positions.

Development of professional and personal skills

The university offers a specific education program for PostDocs to develp their professional and personal skills. You could also acquire broad teaching and training skills by giving lectures and Galaxy hands-on training courses.

Connection to a wide network

Members of the Freiburg Galaxy team work closely with researchers on projects at the leading edge of data-intensive science. We offer the connection to world-wide and large communities via Galaxy, Bioconda and BioContainers, but also to numerous cooperation partners within the networks of de.NBI, ELIXIR, and industry.

Life in one of the most beautiful and the greenest cities in the south of Germany

Freiburg is dynamic and international city with a large university. Located in the Black Forest (south west of Germany), Freiburg is known for its temperate climate, its old rebuilt medieval city center as well as for its high standard of living and advanced environmental practices.

What else you need to know

In your application, you should provide a cover letter, your CV and the names and contact details of 3 refereess.

For further information about the position please contact

An initial contract of 2 years will be offered to the successful candidate, with the possibility of extension.