Postdoc in biochemistry (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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Postdoc in biochemistry (m/f/d)

Job offer from September 04, 2019

The Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics in Freiburg, is looking for a Postdoc in biochemistry (m/f/d)

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.

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 Epigenetic. This area deals with inheritable traits, which are not caused by changes in the DNA sequence.

Your opportunities:

Your work will focus on the characterization of new protein families 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:

We expect that you have extensive experience in cloning, protein expression, protein purification, and characterization of protein complexes using a variety of biophysical methods (for example: ITC, AUC, DLS). You should also have hands-on experience with different expression systems (E.coli, mammalian cells, insect cells and Pichia pastoris). Research experience in cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) is highly desirable.

Your qualifications:

Applicants should possess an academic degree plus a Ph.D. degree in biochemistry, structural biology, molecular biology or a related field and a strong publication record. We are looking for a dedicated and motivated team player with strong communication skills and good command of the English language.

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.

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.

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 02 October 2019.

For informal inquiries please contact: .

Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics
Stübeweg 51
79108 Freiburg

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