3 Independent Group Leader Positions (m/f/d)

at the MPI of Immunobiology & Epigenetics, Freiburg

Job offer from September 7, 2022

The Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics (MPI-IE) in Freiburg, Germany is an interdisciplinary research institution that conducts basic research in key areas of modern biology. The future scientific orientation of the Institute will be focused on chromatin and epigenetic research and address mechanistic principles of epigenetic regulation at a very broad scale.

The Institute currently consists of four senior groups (Max Planck directors Akthar, Boehm, Cissé and Jenuwein) and 5 independent junior groups who together do research in the regulation of dosage compensation, epigenetic inheritance, evolution of the adaptive immune system, control of cell type identities, single-molecule analysis of transient biomolecular interactions in living cells and heterochromatin formation (see https://www.ie-freiburg.mpg.de/723235/Focus-Epigenetics). We now have openings for three independent junior groups that should ideally complement some of these ongoing research lines. In particular, we are looking for candidates who work on the molecular mechanisms of chromatin structure, mobile RNA function, genome architecture, chromatin response to metabolic and/or environmental changes, developmental epigenetics across species and epigenetic dysfunction in disease.

The independent junior group leader positions will be available from spring 2023 and are initially funded for five years with the possibility of extension for up to nine years. They all have an attractive package that, in addition to the group leader position, also covers 2 PhD students, 1 research assistant and appropriate consumables. As an independent junior group leader, there is also access to state-of-the-art infrastructures (from high-end single molecule imaging, automated genome-wide expression and ChIP profiling, proteomics and metabolites biochemistry to animal facilities including a new mouse house). In addition, independent junior group leaders participate in the international IMPRS-IEM PhD program that is offered by the institute.

We are looking for highly motivated scientists with excellent postdoctoral experience that is documented by several high-profile first author publications. The proposed research program is expected to be innovative and to address a key question in modern epigenetics. The use of mouse models is highly encouraged.

We value and promote diversity, inclusion and equal opportunities. We welcome applications from all backgrounds, particularly by persons with disabilities. We aim to increase the proportion of women in areas where they are underrepresented and we explicitly encourage women to apply.

Candidates should submit their full applications (including research program, CV and letters of support) to Managing Director:. For informal inquiries, please contact: akhtar@ie-freiburg.mpg.de or cisse@ie-freiburg.mpg.de.

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.

Application deadline: 31.12.2022

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