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Postdoctoral scientist

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Mobile DNA

The Berlin-based Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC) is one of the world-leading research institutes for molecular biology and genetics. MDC offers a large variety of cutting-edge technologies in life sciences. MDC has also a special focus on translational approaches to develop treatments for neurological, cardiovascular, metabolic diseases and cancer. MDC represents a lively and competitive research environment.
For a centrally funded position we are looking for a highly motivated

Postdoctoral scientist,

who will work on systems biological approaches integrating molecular biology, genetics, medical research and evolution using high-throughput technologies and computational research/bioinformatics. The project has a special focus on the impact of Transposable Elements on human diseases.

Transposable Elements (TEs) are discrete segments of DNA that have the distinctive ability to move from one genetic location to another in a genome. Although, large fractions of genomes can be composed of TE-derived sequences (~55% of the human genome), the vast majority of these elements are not essential to the host cell, and often referred as ’junk DNA’. As an attempt to turn “junk” into treasure, our focus is to understand the interplay between TE-derived (occasionally co-opted) genomic sequences and host cells in humans with a focus of their potential contribution to human disease.

Our team integrates basic knowledge with technologies that are revolutionizing genomic manipulations in vertebrate species, including gene therapy, transgenesis, cancer research, neurology and functional genomics. In combination with medical research our research aims also at establishing new strategies for personalized medicine.


Candidates must have a PhD in a relevant biological subject and demonstrable expertise in systems biology and in bioinformatics. If you have an excellent background in biological sciences, are prepared to face intellectual challenges, you are welcome to apply.

Applicants should have excellent organization and communication skills, and work well as part of a team. High quality peer-reviewed publications are essential.

The MDC is an equal opportunity employer and promotes gender equality. The MDC is committed to raising the proportion of women in science and technology; we thus strongly encourage female researchers and specialists to apply.
MDC postdoctoral researchers benefit from the professional developmental program, which aims to enhance research experiences and career opportunities.
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Please, send your application including all documents indicating the registration number preferably by e-mail to as pdf files (2 files of 5 MB at the maximum) as we do not return any papers.


E13 TVöD/Bund

Start date



2 years

Application Period


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