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Doktorand*in / Phd Student (m/f/d)

Berlin-Buch | Max Delbrück Center

The Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) in the Helmholtz Association is an international biomedical research center dedicated to understanding the molecular mechanisms of health and disease with the goal to devise new diagnostics and medicines. The MDC is a member of the Helmholtz Association, Germany's largest scientific organization, and offers an engaging research environment with cutting-edge research infrastructure. Currently, ~1250 employees and ~500 guest scientists work at the Berlin-Buch and Berlin-Mitte campuses. Our diverse workforce is a core strength that inspires creativity and innovation at the MDC.

The MDC is committed to improving human health through transformative biomedical research. Our goal is to pioneer discoveries for preventing, treating, and ultimately curing disease.

The Max Delbrück Center is one of the world’s leading biomedical research institutions.
Our common goal is that we want to understand the molecular basis of health and disease and bring our discoveries to patients as quickly as possible - for better prevention, diagnostics and treatment.

The Mobile DNA Laboratory forms an effective bridge between basic research on the non-coding genome and transposable elements, also the technological implementation of state of art gene transfer and stem cell technologies for clinical application. The position will involve the use of cutting-edge, including high-throughput techniques in molecular and cell biology.

Please check the website of Dr. Izsvák’s Mobile DNA group for more information, also on recent publications and the current projects being carried out in the lab:

Job Description

  • Qualification with the aim of a doctorate in one of three research programs (Investigation/testing of the "Unwanted transcript hypothesis", Repurposed retroviral sequences for human physiology or Sleeping Beauty transposon-based technology platform)
  • Research activity or independent research using common molecular biological methods (cloning, qPCR,...) as well as cell culture methods (cell-based assays, transfection,...)
  • Planning, implementation, documentation, further development of research methods
  • Analysis of the results using bioinformatic methods
  • Assessment of the results obtained by evaluating scientific publications
  • Collaboration on scientific publications
  • Presentation of findings to specialist audiences and at congresses


Candidates (m/f/d) need to have a solid background in Biology, Genetics, Biochemistry, Molecular and/or Cellular Biology, Biotechnology, Bioinformatics and/or demonstrated prior experience in the broader area of research of non-coding, transposable elements or artificial intelligence (A.I.), which is most welcome.If you have an excellent background in biological sciences and enjoy intellectual challenges, feel free to send in your application.

Furthermore, applicants should have strong analytical and problem-solving skills, as well as first-rate organizational skills. In addition, first-class written and verbal communication skills, as well as the ability work excellently as part of a team, are required.

We offer

  • international working environment with communication in English and German
  • interesting career opportunities and a range of opportunities for further qualification and training
  • Compatibility of family and career certified by the workandfamily audit (“berufundfamilie audit”)
  • Support for "New Berliners" through the MDC Welcome & Family Office
  • On-campus health and 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
  • 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
  • the possibility of mobile working
  • free use of Nextbike from the Buch S-Bahn station to the campus

Further Information:

Job Type:

AG Izsvák

Application Period:
April 28, 2024

MDC Berlin-Buch

Remuneration will be according to the TVöD Bund, depending on the personal requirements, up to the fee group 13.

Employment volume:
Funds for this position are available for 36 months at present

Desired starting date:
June 01, 2024

Fixed Term

Zsuzsanna Izsvák
AG Izsvák

Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion:
MDC values diversity and is committed to fostering an inclusive, fair and open environment that allows everyone to grow and flourish. All qualified applicants will receive equitable consideration for employment based on their experience and qualifications, and will not be discriminated against on the basis of national or ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, or other personal characteristics. We recognize that creating diverse teams that represent a broad range of experiences, perspectives and backgrounds strengthen our work and research. We welcome applications from open-minded people who embrace working together in a diverse environment. Applications from severely disabled people will be given particular consideration.

Please use our online portal and submit your application including a cover letter, CV (without photo, age and information about your family status) and other relevant attachments.

If you have a foreign degree, please submit proof of the recognition of your Master's degree in Germany with your application. The proof can be determined via the anabin database ( and can be submitted as a PDF attachment to the application.

For information on fair mobility, click here:

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