Alexander Schliep received a PhD degree in computer science from the Center for Applied Computer Science (ZAIK/ZPR) at the Universität zu Köln, Germany (2001), working in collaboration with the Theoretical Biology and Biophysics Group (T-10) at Los Alamos National Laboratory. From 2002-2009 he was the group leader of the Bioinformatics Algorithms Group in the Department for Computational Molecular Biology at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin. From 2009–2016 he held a joint position as associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and the BioMaPS Institute for Quantitative Biology. Since August 2016 he is permanent faculty at the University of Gothenburg in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, which is a joint department of Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg.
He serves as an associate editor for BMC Bioinformatics and as an editor of PeerJ.