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Postdoc (f/m/d)

postdoc / scientific staff

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.

Postdoc Position (f/m/d) in the research group “Evolutionary and cancer genomics” of Dr. Roland Schwarz

Job Description

Our computational research group investigates intra-tumour heterogeneity and cancer evolution with a focus on somatic copy-number alterations (SCNA) and chromosomal instability. We develop phylogenetic inference and genomics algorithms and apply these on large patient cohorts in collaboration with our clinical partners. Our lab contributes to several major international research consortia, such as the ICGC Pan-Cancer Analysis of Whole Genomes (PCAWG), ICGC-ARGO and TRACERx.

For further reading and our recent works see:

Petkovic et al. 2021, bioRxiv,
Watkins et al. 2020, Nature,
PCAWG Transcriptome Core Group et al. 2020, Nature,
Jamal-Hanjani et al. 2017, NEJM,


Candidates will have a PhD in Computer Science, Physics, Applied Mathematics, Bioinformatics, Biology, or related field with a strong background in quantitative research and ideally prior experience in cancer genomics. We are also considering exceptional candidates with a purely theoretical background and a strong drive to tackle biological questions. Successful candidates will show a strong work ethic and should be enthusiastic about working in a highly interdisciplinary environment with tight interactions with our clinical partners. Excellent communication skills are therefore required.

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:

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

Further Information:


Application Period:
May 31, 2021

MDC Berlin-Mitte

E13 TVöD/Bund

Employment volume:
Full Time
Die Anzahl der Wochenstunden beträgt 39 Stunden

Desired starting date:
July 01, 2021

Fixed Term
für 2 Jahre, Verlängerung ist möglich

David Schwab
AG Schwarz

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). Applications will be considered initially until May 31.

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