Postdoctoral Position | Chromatin regulation in early embryo

Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Freiburg

Type of Job


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

Job Code: 644

Job offer from May 19, 2021

At the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics in Freiburg (Lab of Dr. Iovino) a Postdoctoral Position (m/f/d) is available. The 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 tasks:

The Iovino lab is part of the Chromatin Regulation department. It focuses on understanding the epigenetic events contributing to the formation of functional gametes and the establishment of the zygotic epigenome upon fertilization. We are looking for a Drosophila embryologist with expertise in germline and early embryo. The successful candidate will have the excellent opportunity to collaborate within the group and build on our recent finding in Drosophila (Zenk, et al. Science 2017, Zenk et al. Nature 2021).

Your qualifications:

We are looking for a motivated team player with strong communication skills and the desire to work in a dynamic environment. The successful applicant will have proven experience with Drosophila early embryo and germline. Moreover, we expect expertise in chromatin biochemistry and imaging. Applicants should have a Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree in any area of Biology. Experience with molecular techniques is required and knowledge of genomics, proteomics is desired. Candidates should have a good publication record. Very good command of English language.

We offer:

Located in a region that connects Germany, France and Switzerland, our institute offers an international research environment with outstanding infrastructure facilities and a positive working atmosphere that places a high value on work-life balance.

  •  Salary according to your qualification and professional experience according to TVöD
  •  Social benefits in line with public service
  •  Professional training and development opportunities
  • Challenging work in a modern working environment
  • Family-friendly offers (affiliated day care center at the institute, parent-child room, breastfeeding room, pme family service)

We value and promote diversity, inclusion and equal opportunities, so we welcome applications from all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from severely disabled people. We would also like to increase the proportion of women in areas where they are underrepresented and therefore expressly encourage women to apply.

Application deadline:

Have we sparked your interest? Please apply with your complete application documents (letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, certificates) via our online applicant portal by 27th of June 2021.

For further professional inquiries please contact Mr. Dr. Nicola Iovino:
Max Planck Institute for Immunobiology and Epigenetics
Stübeweg 51
79108 Freiburg
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