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The Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC) is one of the world’s leading biomedical research institutions. Max Delbrück, a Berlin native, was a Nobel laureate and one of the founders of molecular biology. At the MDC’s locations in Berlin-Buch and Mitte, researchers from some 60 countries analyze the human system – investigating the biological foundations of life from its most elementary building blocks to systems-wide mechanisms. By understanding what regulates or disrupts the dynamic equilibrium in a cell, an organ, or the entire body, we can prevent diseases, diagnose them earlier, and stop their progression with tailored therapies. Patients should benefit as soon as possible from basic research discoveries. The MDC therefore supports spin-off creation and participates in collaborative networks. It works in close partnership with Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin in the jointly run Experimental and Clinical Research Center (ECRC), the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH) at Charité, and the German Center for Cardiovascular Research (DZHK). Founded in 1992, the MDC today employs 1,600 people and is funded 90 percent by the German federal government and 10 percent by the State of Berlin.

We are looking for talented and motivated young scientists to start their PhD training in our DFG Collaborative Research Center (CRC) 1470 targeting heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF).
Are you looking for scientific challenges in an inspiring co-operative environment? Ready to explore cardiovascular signaling, metabolism, biomechanics and pathomechanisms in a truly translational context to help patients? Apply, join and succeed in our team of dedicated young scientists and renowned experts in the field united in the pursuit of improved understanding, diagnostics and individualized treatment for HFpEF - a widespread and debilitating disease.
The Doctoral Program of our CRC at Charité University Medicine Berlin provides a comprehensive curriculum towards the successful completion of your PhD-thesis (30 ECTS credits). The curriculum covers fundamentals in molecular and cell biology, biophysics, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and translational and clinical research methodology, as well as soft skills training (communication, problem solving, and personal skills). There is ample opportunity for knowledge exchange and networking within the CRC and with our international and industry partners. The Doctoral Program aims to develop its participants into independent, well connected researchers and leading members of the scientific community. We are offering 19 PhD positions, 11 with our partners at Charité, 8 at the Max-Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC), and one at the Free University (FU) Berlin.

Job Description

All work and its planning is coordinated in consultation with the respective group leader.

  • Molecular biological working methods (RT-PCR, cloning and protein biochemistry),
  • handling of genetically modified organisms, 
  • working with cell cultures, tissue models, animal models, computer modeling, data analysis
  • Expert handling of a wide variety of measuring instruments, accurate record keeping and analysis of results using instrument-specific software, and subsequent presentation of data in the form of tables and graphs
  • Laboratory organization
  • Adherence to the rules of good scientific practice
  • Own continuing education including attendance of seminars and lectures.


To apply you must have graduated in human medicine or have a Master degree (or equivalent) in any discipline of biomedicine, engineering or computer science. Proficiency in English is necessary to follow the curriculum. Candidates are selected irrespective of sex, race, nationality or any other factor aside from interest and merit.

We offer

  • International working environment with communication in English and German
  • Interesting career opportunities and a comprehensive range of qualification and further training opportunities
  • Compatibility of family and career certified by the berufundfamilie audit
  • Varied support for "New Berliners" (Welcome & Family Office)
  • Company health management with fitness center

You also benefit from:

  • A remuneration in accordance with the collective agreement for the federal public service (TVöD-Bund), including additional company pension schemes
  • Flexible working hours and childcare support
  • An idyllic green campus, which is easily accessible by bicycle, public transport or car
  • A secure job, even in uncertain times
  • Subsidy for the job ticket as well as discounts in the campus canteen
  • Additional health benefits such as flu vaccination, eye test, ergonomics advice at the workplace, hygiene measures (medical mouth-nose protection, self-tests, disinfectants)
  • The possibility of mobile working - also independent of the Corona situation
  • Free use of Nextbike from the Buch S-Bahn station to the campus

Further Information:

Job Type:

Application Period:
January 31, 2022

MDC Berlin-Buch


Employment volume:

Desired starting date:
March 01, 2022

Fixed Term
3 Jahre befristet

Dr. Diana Bachran
CRC administrative coordinator

Parity and equal status:
The MDC is committed to diversity and actively promotes equal opportunities for all employees regardless of their origin, religion, ideology, health impairment, age or sexual identity. We look forward to receiving applications from open-minded people who enjoy working in diverse teams. Applications from severely disabled persons will be given special consideration.

Please use our online portal and submit your application as one pdf file (5 MB max, including a cover letter, CV, references as well as relevant educational and degree certificates)

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