1 PhD Student (m/f/div) in Bioinformatics

Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics (MPI-MG)

The Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics (MPIMG) in Berlin is an international research institute with about 360 employees, dedicated to genomics, with a focus on gene regulation in mammalian development and disease. The MPIMG and particularly the interdisciplinary Max Planck Research Group “High-Resolution Functional Genomics” provides an excellent training and research environment for highly skilled and ambitious researchers seeking challenges at the cutting edge of functional genomics.

We offer an open position in the Max Planck Research Group “High-Resolution Functional Genomics” (Head: Dr. Andreas Mayer) of the MPIMG.


1 PhD Student (m/f/div) in Bioinformatics
Salary group 65% E 13 TVöD / full time

The project aims at the understanding of the mechanisms that control human stem cell differentiation to establish cell type-specific gene expression programs. The position is offered initially for three years.


Successful candidates will work in a high-profile research environment and will be part of a multidisciplinary team of experts in the fields of transcription & chromatin regulation, cell differentiation, genome engineering and computational science.

The tasks will include the identification of gene expression changes that drive neuronal cell differentiation including the discovery of new transcript isoforms. The project involves machine learning modelling to predict expression and transcript changes during differentiation. This will also include the development of new computational pipelines and tools for the analysis of long-read next-generation sequencing data, integration of multiple data sets and data visualization.


We are looking for a highly motivated and skilled individual in the area of next-generation sequencing informatics. Eligible candidates should have a Master’s degree or a similar qualification in computational science or in related disciplines. The early career researcher will have a firm knowledge of the programming languages Python or R as well as expertise in Linux. The successful applicant will benefit from experience in the analysis of genome- and transcriptome-wide data.


The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are under­represented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.


Please apply via our external application system until May 15, 2022, including (i) a cover letter, (ii) your CV, (iii) the contact information of 2 mentors who agreed to provide a short letter of recommendation.

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