Two Postdoctoral Positions in mouse models to study epigenetics (m/f/d)

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Developmental and Evolutionary Biology & Genetics Immunobiology and Infection Biology & Medicine

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Job Offer from July 24, 2019

The Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics in Freiburg, Germany is offering two Postdoctoral Positions in the Department of Chromatin Regulation (Head: Dr. Asifa Akhtar). The positions are available for an initial two-year appointment with the possibility of extension.

The MPI in Freiburg is an international research institute at the cross-roads of Southern Germany, Switzerland and France. The working language is English. State-of-the-art infrastructure and service units, including transgenesis, mass spectrometry, proteomics, flow cytometry, fly and imaging and imaging facilities are available.

Our Institute investigates the molecular basis of the immune response and other topics of the developmental biology, such as the origin and differentiation of the immune cells as well as the development of vertebrate embryo. Another main focus of the Institute is Epigenetics. This area deals with inheritable traits, which are not caused by changes in the DNA sequence.


The research focus of the Akhtar department includes mechanisms underlying chromatin and epigenetic regulation. The lab uses fly and mouse models employing multidisciplinary approaches such as genetics, biochemistry, functional genomics, single cell analyses as well as cell biology and structural biology. Main interests of the lab include genome architecture, the role of non-coding RNAs, and mechanisms underlying cell fate decisions.

We are looking for two enthusiastic, highly-motivated, science-driven and experienced scientists to join our team to unravel the molecular mechanisms that regulate gene expression.


Applicants should have an academic degree in life science plus a PhD in molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, bioinformatics and/or high-resolution imaging. Prior experience working with mouse models is required. Experience in working with primary cell culture would be an advantage. Candidates should have at least one first author publication. Furthermore, the ability to work in a team, communication skills and experience in the supervision of graduate students are an asset.

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Salary will be based on previous experience according to TVöD guidelines.

Handicapped applicants with equal qualifications will be given preferential treatment. The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in areas, where they are underrepresented, and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. The Max Planck Society strives for gender and diversity equality. We welcome applications from all backgrounds. A childcare facility is directly attached to the Institute.

Application deadline:

Have we sparked your interest? Please submit your complete application, including a statement of research interests and a CV via our online application portal until September 25, 2019. At the same time, please ask three of your referees to send recommendation letters to

Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics
Stübweg 51
79108 Freiburg

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