Scientist as PostDoc - Medical Research (m/f/d)

PostDoc position (Code number 10/2019) (f/m/d)

A PostDoc position is available in the group of Dr. Thomas Barends at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research in Heidelberg. The position is funded by the European Research Council.


The successful applicant will join an international, interdisciplinary team to work on the elucidation of the biosynthesis pathway of ladderane lipids. Ladderanes are highly unusual hydrocarbon moieties with linearly concatenated cyclobutane rings, found in the membranes of bacteria performing anaerobic ammonium oxidation (“anammox”).

How these complicated molecules are produced is unknown: How do the enzymes involved assemble such intricate carbon skeletons? How do they control the complex stereochemistry involved? How do they overcome the ring strain inherent in these molecules? The successful candidates will be answering these questions using an array of methods including biochemistry, chemical biology, metabolomics and structural biology.


Applicants should hold a Ph.D. degree or equivalent in chemistry, biochemistry or biology and enjoy practical lab work. The available topics are diverse but include iron-sulfur cluster proteins and lipidomics, so candidates with experience in these fields are particularly invited to apply.


At the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, one of the 84 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. The Max Planck School Matter to Life, one of three pilot schools, is coordinated at the institute as well.

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 information please contact Dr. Thomas Barends (

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 the names and addresses of one or more references as a single PDF file with the above reference via e-mail, preferably before June 20, 2019.
Max Planck Institute for Medical Research
C/O Human Resources
POB 10 38 20
69028 Heidelberg, Germany

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Das Institut wurde 1930 als Kaiser-Wilhelm-Institut gegründet, um Methoden der Physik und Chemie in die medizinische Grundlagenforschung einzuführen. Die Abteilungen für Chemie, Physiologie und Biophysik konzentrierten sich auf biophysikalische und chemische Fragestellungen, in der Tradition der Naturstoffchemie des Instituts. Mit einer Abteilung für Molekularbiologie wurde...
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