PhD projects in biochemistry

The International Max Planck Research School IMPRS “From Molecules to Organisms” program is offered by the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in conjunction with the Friedrich Miescher Laboratory and the Eberhard Karls University Tuebingen, Germany.

Activities and responsibilities

We seek applicants who wish to start their PhD in the area of computational or experimental biochemistry in late 2019/ early 2020.

Frank Chan, Friedrich Miescher Laboratory
• Engineering Tn5 transposase for probing DNA and chromatin structure
Felicity Jones, Friedrich Miescher Laboratory
• Chromatin and gene regulation in the context of the environment
Andrei Lupas, MPI for Developmental Biology
• Biochemistry and evolution of the proteasome system in prokaryotes
• Structure and mechanism of transmembrane signal transduction proteins
Boris Macek, Interfaculty Institute for Cell Biology, University of Tübingen
• Proteomic investigation of molecular trade between co-cultured bacterial species
Patrick Müller, Friedrich Miescher Laboratory
• De novo design of protein inhibitors targeting morphogens in development and disease
Thilo Stehle, Interfaculty Institute of Biochemistry, University of Tübingen
• Virus-glycan interactions
• Reaction mechanisms of bacterial glycosyltransferases
Estienne Swart, MPI for Developmental Biology
• Molecular and high throughput investigation of natural, eukaryotic genome editing
John Weir, Friedrich Miescher Laboratory
• CryoEM of meiotic crossover control

Qualification profile

Applicants should hold or expect to gain an excellent degree in computational biology, biochemistry or a related subject at Masters level or equivalent and should possess skills and knowledge matching to the intended project, plus a high level of motivation for basic research. Applicants with degrees obtained outside the European Higher Education Area should supply scores from the GRE General Test.

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The special feature of our program is its emphasis on interdisciplinary interactions. We want to train the next generation of scientists to study complex biological processes that cannot be adequately understood within the limits of a single discipline.
Training is offered in a range of core and specialised skills; a thesis advisory committee provides individual project guidance. English is the language of the school; places are fully funded.

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Please apply online at Application to the program involves three parts: filling in the online application form, uploading your certificates and supporting documents, and arranging for 2 reference letters to be submitted directly to our online system. Deadline: midnight (CET) on September 15, 2019. Interview days will be held in Tübingen in late October - early November. Successful applicants will receive their invitation within 4 weeks of the application deadline. Travel expenses are reimbursed and free accommodation provided. Assistance with visa and travel arrangements is available. Successful candidates will receive an offer within 2 weeks of their on-site interview and will have a further 2 weeks to reply. The exact starting date for the PhD will be agreed with the PhD advisor.

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About International Max Planck Research School "From Molecule to Organisms"

The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) “From Molecules to Organisms” provides excellent interdisciplinary training across the disciplines of structural, molecular, cellular and developmental biology as well as bioinformatics, genomics and evolutionary biology. The school’s aim is to endow the next generation of scientists with the knowledge and skills to study complex biological...
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