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Postdoc in the Gouti Lab (f/m/d) - Next generation Organoid

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 Gouti Lab:
Our mission is to establish next generation organoid technologies from pluripotent stem cells to study the development and disease of the human neuromuscular system. The Gouti lab has pioneered the generation of human neuromuscular organoids (NMOs) from pluripotent stem cells (Martins et al, Cell Stem Cell, 2020). In NMOs, spinal cord neurons and skeletal muscle cells are simultaneously generated and self-organize to form functional neuromuscular junction. Thus, generation of NMOs has opened up unprecedented avenues for understanding the mechanisms of human disease and developing novel therapeutic approaches. The official language in the lab is English. For more information please visit
Postdoc positions available in the Gouti Lab to work on: Next generation Organoid models and high throughput screening approaches to study neuromuscular diseases

We are looking for up to two highly motivated, talented postdoctoral fellows who share our enthusiasm and ambition. Your role will be instrumental in driving forward our mission, focusing on the establishment of an innovative platform for drug screening and personalized medicine. Moreover, you will play a pivotal role in the automated large scale production of patient-specific NMOs.

Job Description

The candidate will be involved on the largescale production of human neuromuscular organoids and the development of a novel platform for drug screening and personalized medicine. She/He will establish high throughput image analysis workflows and take a multi-omics approach to unravel the mechanisms of human neuromuscular disease and identify novel therapeutic approaches.


  • A recent Ph.D. in a relevant field (Stem Cell Biology, Organoid research, Bioengineering, Computational Biology or a related discipline).
  • Strong problem solving skills and a collaborative spirit.
  • A strong publication record demonstrating research excellence.

Applicants with a strong interest in interdisciplinary research that would like to work at the interface of novel organoid technologies with computational biology are specifically encouraged to apply. The MDC provides state of the art research facilities and the opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary environment of research excellence.

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:

Gouti Lab

Application Period:
December 17, 2023

MDC Berlin-Buch

Remuneration will be according to the TVöD Bund, depending on the personal requirements, up to the fee group E13.

Employment volume:
Full Time

Desired starting date:
January 01, 2024

Fixed Term
The position is initially limited to 2 years, with the option of prolongation.

Anna Sonsala
Gouti Lab

Parity and equal status:
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 in English including a cover letter, a CV (without photo, age and information about your family status) and 2 reference letters.

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.

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