Professorship of Bioinformatics

University of Freiburg Department of Computer Science

The University of Freiburg invites applications for the Tenure Track Professorship for Bioinformatics – AI for Oncology-Research at the Faculty of Engineering in the Department of Computer Science.
  • Application deadline: 18.03.2024
  • Publication date: 01.02.2024
  • Start-date: At the earliest possible date.
  • Fulltime position
  • Id no.: 00003545


This is a grade W1-professorship to which performance payments can be offered. This professorship is suitable for highly qualified early career researchers at an early stage in their careers. Conditions governing the appointment in accordance with section 51 (3) LHG apply.

The task of the professorship is to develop and use machine learning and bioinformatics methods to enable novel, data-driven diagnosis, prognosis and therapy options in oncology and hematology. Translating these methods into clinical practice as soon as possible is the goal and will be encouraged.

The following topics are of particular interest:

  • Application of modern machine learning approaches (e.g. Deep Learning) to relevant problems in oncology, including diagnosis and prognosis of relevant parameters, including uncertainty quantification of predictions.
  • Development of supervised and unsupervised machine learning techniques, as well as reinforcement learning, for therapy optimization.
  • Development of unsupervised or self-supervised learning techniques using different modalities.
  • Interpretability, as well as guarantee of security and privacy in learning systems
  • Development of innovative, real-time and data-driven interfaces for clinical practice.

The professorship needs to represent the field of artificial intelligence in oncology in research and teaching and closely collaborate with existing professorships at the Department of Computer Science, with existing professorships on Bioinformatics and with the oncology departments of the University Hospital Freiburg. Furthermore, it is desired that the professorship contributes to the ELLIS Unit Freiburg, the Comprehensive Cancer Center Freiburg, projects of the Collaborative Research Institute Intelligent Oncology (CRIION) and the Cluster of Excellence CIBSS as well as the Galaxy group (> 50.000 users).

Prerequisites for the employment are a university degree, an outstanding dissertation and an excellent publication record.

This position is a fixed term of four years. After a successful interim evaluation, it will be extended by two years. Furthermore, the tenure procedure towards Full Professorship W3 will be initiated after successful interim evaluation.

The tenure procedures are regulated in the Statutes and Quality Assurance Concept for Junior Professorships and Tenure-Track Professorships and agreed upon with the Ministry of Science ( As a prerequisite for granting tenure and the subsequent conversion into a full professorship (W3) (1) the requirements defined in the Statutes and Quality Assurance Concept have to be met and (2) the subject specific criteria determined by the Faculty of Engineering have to be met.

We are particularly pleased to receive applications from women for the position advertised here.

The following application documents are to be submitted:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Certificates of degrees and academic qualifications
  • Complete list of papers and invited lectures, specifying the 5 most important publications; an existing Google Scholar Profile should be free from errors
  • Short research profile and short research statement about the planned scientific work
  • Record of classes taught and teaching experience
  • Record of projects acquired; the funding amount attributed to the own group/own person should be clearly indicated


Please send your application including supporting documents mentioned above and the application form citing the reference number 00003545, by 18.03.2024 at the latest. Please send your application to the following address in written or electronic form:

University of Freiburg
Faculty of Engineering
Georges-Koehler-Allee 101
79110 Freiburg, Germany

(via e-mail in a single PDF-file) You will receive an electronic acknowledgement of receipt within one week.

For further information, please contact Dr. Rainer Giersiepen on the phone number +49 761 203-8085 or E-Mail Further information on the appointment procedure can be found in the Code for Practice for professorial appointments (in German).