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PhD student (m/f/d)

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Evolutionary and Cancer Genomics

The Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (Berlin) invites applications for one
PhD student
in the research group “Evolutionary and Cancer Genomics” of Dr Roland Schwarz
in collaboration with the research group of Dr Anton Henssen
at the Experimental and Clinical Research Center (ECRC ) and the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Oncology and Hematology, Charité Berlin

The Schwarz lab investigates the aetiology and functional effects of intra-tumour heterogeneity and cancer evolution using computational methods. We are particularly interested in understanding the effect of structural variants and copy-number changes on carcinogenesis and cancer progression. The Henssen lab studies the causes of genomic instability in pediatric solid tumors with a focus on mobile genetic elements such as transposons and circular DNA.


Masters degree or equivalent in either a theoretical discipline (Computer Science, Mathematics, Bioinformatics, Physics or a related field) or in an applied field from the life sciences (Medicine, Biology, Biotechnology, etc.).
Prior experience in working with large genomics datasets is a plus.

The MDC is committed to diversity and actively supports equal opportunities for all employees regardless of their origin, religion, ideology, disability, age or sexual identity. Therefore, we are welcoming applications from all qualified individuals (m/f/d). Severely disabled persons will be given preferential treatment in the case of equal qualification. The MDC is certified by the “work and family” audit and provides an inclusive and family friendly environment.

Applications including a motivation letter, CV and contact details of two academic references should be sent as a single PDF quoting reference XXX/2020 to and with cc to


We offer a competitive salary according to German E13 TVöD/Bund

Start date

The position is to be filled immediately


Contracts are limited to 3 years with the possibility of prolongation