Postdoc Biology, Chemistry - Protein engineering & Chemical biology (m/f/d)

At the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, one of the 86 institutes of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science, physicists, chemists and biologists create knowledge of long-term relevance to life and basic medical sciences.

Postdoctoral Positions in protein engineering and chemical biology (m/f/d) (17/2019)

Postdoctoral positions (2 years or longer) are available at the Department of Chemical Biology (Prof. Kai Johnsson) of the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research in Heidelberg.


The goal of the project is the development of lead compounds against new nociceptor-selective protein targets suitable for pain therapy. The successful candidates will develop novel approaches for the selection of small molecules from encoded combinatorial libraries (phage display, DNA display) that specifically bind to complex protein targets. Molecules generated through these approaches will subsequently be evaluated in innovative, disease-relevant biological assays. The project is part of a long-term collaboration with groups from Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital.


Priority will be given to candidates with previous experiences with encoded combinatorial libraries (phage display or DNA display), or in the fields of protein engineering and chemical biology.


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. The Max Planck Society strives for gender and diversity equality. We welcome applications from all backgrounds. A daycare center for children is located near the institute.

For further inquiries please contact Prof.
Kai Johnsson at

For general questions, please contact
Ms. Sabrina Giacalone or Mrs. Fabienne
Höfer-Elfner (+49 6221 486- 305/311) from
human resources.

Please submit your application, including a cover letter (explaining background and motivation), your CV, and addresses of two references via e-mail as a single PDF file with the above reference preferably until December 13th, 2019 to


Max Planck Institute for Medical Research
C/O Human Resources
POB 10 38 20
69028 Heidelberg, Germany

While applying for the job please refer to jobvector and use the following reference number: 17/2019

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