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PhD student (m/f/d) in Systems Biology of Epigenetic Regulation

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

The Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics is an international research institute with approximately 350 employees, working in the field of genomics and gene regulation. The Max Planck Research Group of Dr. Edda Schulz has an open position for:

PhD student (m/f/d) in Systems Biology of Epigenetic Regulation

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The Schulz lab is looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic young researcher (m/f/d) to study epigenetic regulation with a systems biology approach. We seek to understand how feedback loops in gene regulation can establish switch-like responses and epigenetic memory to allow quantitative information processing in mammalian cells. We use X-chromosome inactivation as a model to study epigenetic regulation, which is an essential developmental process in mammals (see also Mutzel et al., Nature SMB, 2019). We operate on the interphase of biology, physics and mathematics in a highly collaborative way to solve fundamental problems in gene regulation, by combining microscopy, single-cell genomics and genome engineering with mathematical modeling and computational biology.

For further information on the lab and the Institute see:

Successful candidates (m/f/d) should have a passion to solve mysteries in the biomedical research space, and the willingness and ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment. Previous experience with mathematical modeling, mammalian stem cells, CRISPR/Cas9 or computational biology is an advantage, but not a requirement.

The student (m/f/d) will be part of the EU-funded Innovative Training Network PEPNET, which provides an excellent scientific environment in leading research institutions across Europe and outstanding network-wide as well as individual training opportunities. Eligible candidates (m/f/d) should have a Master’s degree or a similar qualification in biological, chemical, physical or computational sciences and fulfill the EU criteria for earlystage researchers and the EU mobility rule. For detailed information please check:

The selected candidate (m/f/d) will receive a 36-month, full-time employment contract as per Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) regulations for PhD students (m/f/d). The starting date is negotiable, but end of October 2019 at the latest.

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. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society strives for gender justice and diversity and seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Interested candidates (m/f/d) should submit their application including (i) a brief cover letter (describing your motivation), (ii) a CV, (iii) contact information of 2-3 references.
Please send all documents as a single pdf-file via e-mail to: Dr. Edda Schulz

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