Doctoral Student (m/f/d) - Molecular Biology (ref. 20-14)

Einsatzort: Berlin


  • Developmental and Evolutionary Biology & Genetics
  • Immunobiology and Infection Biology & Medicine

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Doctoral Student (m/f/d) - Molecular Biology (ref. 20-14)

Stellenangebot vom 20.07.2020

The Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics (MPIMG) is an international research institute with about 350 employees, dedicated to functional genomics, with a focus on gene regulation and epigenomic control mechanisms in mammalian development and disease. The MPIMG and particularly its Department for Development & Disease (Prof. Stefan Mundlos) provides an unparalleled training and teaching environment for highly skilled, ambitious researchers seeking challenges at the cutting edge of the understanding the 3D architecture of the genome.

We offer an open position in a multicenter project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG - Heisenberg grant):

Doctoral Student in Molecular Biology (m/f/d)
(E13/2 according to the TVöD salary scale + 15% recruiting allowance)
Code: 20-14

This project is funded by the Heisenberg grant „MEASURE: Multi-omics Evaluation of Animals for body Stature– the genetic architecture for body size“ coordinated by Prof. Dr. Julia Metzger. It is focused on the analysis of regulatory genetic effects primarily involved in size determination. Latest OMICs technologies are going to be used in order to identify genomic and functional variation within growth plates of small and large individuals and thus to decipher the molecular genetic mechanisms of growth biology in mammals (see also DFG). The position is offered initially for three years.


We are looking for a highly motivated researcher with commitment and sense of responsibility as well as concomitant prior interest in experimental animal and laboratory work. The key task will entail the management of pig production for the experiments, sampling from growth plates, histology, DNA/RNA analyses and establishment of a cell culture from obtained samples. Management and processing of the sampling steps requires the work place for the successful candidate to be at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover to at least Mar 31, 2021 (by agreement) and subsequent change of work location to the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin in order to perform OMICs analyses and establish a cell culture.


We are looking for highly motivated as well as skilled individuals in the area molecular biology. Eligible candidate should have a Master’s degree or a similar qualification in biological/biochemical sciences or veterinary medicine. The candidate will have experience in wet lab, particularly in DNA/RNA analysis and cell culture-based research. We are encouraging individuals with a not purely academic career paths and/or academic career aspirations but with prior work experience in commercial entities in the above-mentioned areas of expertise to apply.

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Applications including the usual documents should be sent by August 15th, 2020 as one pdf file to .