Postdoctoral Scientist (f/m)

The Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics is an international research institute with approx. 350 employees, working in the field of molecular genetics. A special focus lies on functional genomics of man and other organisms. It is located in Berlin, a vibrant, young and international city.

In the Max Planck Research Group "Regulatory Networks in Stem Cells" (
(Otto-Warburg-Laboratory, Head: Dr. Edda Schulz), we are interested in how mammalian cells employ gene-regulatory networks to switch and maintain transcriptional and epigenetic states. Specifically, we study the initiation of X-chromosome inactivation and how it is integrated with differentiation of mouse embryonic stem cells. We use an interdisciplinary systems biology approach, where quantitative data, generated by single-cell and high-throughput techniques is used to develop mathematical models of the regulatory network, which are then tested by experimental perturbations through genome engineering in mouse embryonic stem cells.
 We invite applications for the following open position:

Postdoctoral Scientist (f/m)
(E13 TVöD)
Code: 15-10 V

The group is seeking an outstanding postdoctoral scientist to perform a systems analysis of the complex regulatory network controling the onset of X-chromosome inactivation, an important epigenetic process early during development. The overall objective of this project is to gain a quantitative understanding of how cis- and trans-acting factors act together to ensure mono-allelic and female-specific expression of the long non-coding RNA Xist, which initiates X-inactivation. In close collaboration with experimentalists in the group, the successful candidate will develop mathematical models, perform deterministic and stochastic simulations and estimate model parameters based on single-cell and high-throughput data sets generated in mouse embryonic stem cells. Depending on interest and background there is also the possibility to participate in data generation.

We are seeking a highly motivated scientist (PhD in Systems Biology, Biophysics, Computational Biology, Bioinformatics or a related subject) with strong communication skills and a thorough understanding of mathematical modeling. The successful candidate should be experienced in computer programming (Matlab, Python, C++) and should have some expertise in data analysis, data fitting or image analysis.   

The position is available for 2 years with possibility of prolongation.

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.
The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more handicapped individuals and especially encourages them to apply.
How to apply:
To apply, please send your CV, statement of research interests and previous research experience and names and contact details of 2-3 references as soon as possible but no later than May 30th, 2015 to:

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Germany (Berlin)
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14195 Berlin
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Biology & Life Sciences

About Max-Planck-Institut für molekulare Genetik

Das Max-Planck-Institut für molekulare Genetik (MPIMG) wurde 1964 mit Heinz-Günther Wittmann und Heinz Schuster als Gründungsdirektoren ins Leben gerufen. 1965 folgte die Berufung von Thomas A. Trautner. Die Arbeit des MPIMGs konzentrierte sich zunächst auf DNA-Replikation und Genregulation bei Bakterien, Bakteriophagen und Pilzen (Abt. Schuster und Trautner) sowie die...

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