Postdoctoral Position (m/f/d)

Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Freiburg

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

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Postdoctoral Position (m/f/d)

Job offer from November 20, 2018

The Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics in Freiburg has a Postdoctoral Position (m/f/d) to fill.

The position will be available in the Boehm department at the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics in Freiburg, Germany ( The Boehm group addresses a number of cutting-edge research questions related to the development and evolution of the vertebrate immune system (for recent review see, Annu. Rev. Immunol. 36, 19-42, 2018). To support these studies, we seek a protein biochemist with proven experience in recombinant protein expression, purification, and structure-function analysis.

This position is open immediately and initially funded for two years.

The Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics (MPI-IE) in Freiburg, Germany is an interdisciplinary research institution that conducts basic research in two key areas of modern biology: Immunobiology and Epigenetics. Central questions address the molecular basis of cell type identities, as they are regulated during immune cell differentiation, metabolic response and epigenetic chromatin adaptation.

Your opportunities:

Your work will focus on the characterization of a new protein family with presumed immunological functions in lampreys, the most primitive vertebrate species possessing an adaptive immune system. You will work in close collaboration with the group´s scientists, who address several aspects of the lamprey immune system. You will have access to the core facilities of the institute, including an excellent proteomics facility.

Your tasks:

Responsibilities include both protein expression in and purification from heterologous systems (E. coli, insect or mammalian cell lines). Hands-on experience with HPLC and a broad knowledge of expression vectors and protein-tagging methodologies is highly desirable. Likewise, experience in utilizing bio-physicochemical methods for protein characterization would be an asset.

Additionally, a strong background in immunogenetics/cellular immunology will be advantageous in order to plan, conduct and interpret functional experiments in vivo and in vitro.

Your qualifications:

We are looking for a dedicated and motivated team player with strong communication skills and good command of the English language. Applicants should have an academic degree in life science plus a PhD degree in biochemistry or a related field.

We offer:

Based within a region that connects Germany, France and Switzerland, our institute hosts a vibrant community of international researchers, state-of-the-art facilities, and modern office spaces. A childcare facility is directly attached to the institute. At the heart of the Black Forest, Freiburg offers a family-friendly atmosphere and excellent recreational possibilities for cultural and outdoor activities. Salaries will be based on previous experience according to the German pay scale for civil service (TVöD) including health insurance and other social benefits.

The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. Handicapped applicants with equal qualifications will be given preferential treatment.

Application deadline:

Have we sparked your interest? Please submit your complete application, including a 1 page motivation summary, CV and contact details of referees via our online application portal until 31 January 2019. For informal inquiries please contact: 

Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics
Stübeweg 51
79108 Freiburg

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