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Postdoctoral Scientist (f/m) in Transcription and Epigenetics

The group
In the Max-Planck Research group "Regulatory Networks in Stem Cells", headed by Dr. Edda Schulz and located at the Max-Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin, 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. For more information, please visit our website:

We invite applications for the following open position:

Postdoctoral Scientist (f/m)
in Transcription and Epigenetics
(E13 TVöD)
Code: 16-01 O

The project
Many mammalian genes are associated with antisense transcription, but its function remains poorly understood. A well known example is the master regulator of X-chromosome inactivation, the long non-coding RNA Xist, which is regulated by the repressive antisense transcript Tsix. We are looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral scientist to address the following questions:
  • How does antisense transcription alter the chromatin state of the sense gene promoter?
  • How stable is the induced epigenetic state?
  • What is the functional role of antisense transcription?
  • To address these questions, the candidate will set up a Crispr/Cas9-based system to control transcription at the endogenous locus, perform time-resolved ChIP-Sequencing experiments and directly manipulate the chromatin state at specific loci. A combination of cutting edge technologies making use of state-of-the-art facilities in the institute are thus expected to elucidate the mechanisms and the functional importance of antisense transcription.
    The candidate
    We are looking for highly motivated and creative candidates with a good track record who enjoy working in an interdisciplinary international team. The candidates must have experience in molecular biology, biochemistry or cell biology and hold a PhD degree in the natural or the life sciences. Experience in culturing embryonic stem cells, ChiP-Sequencing or in analyzing NGS data is desired.
    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.

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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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