PhD student (m/f/d) Molecular Biology

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    Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics (MPI-MG)
    Biological sciences
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    Established Researcher (R3)
    Leading Researcher (R4)
    30/06/2020 23:59 - Europe/Brussels
    Germany › Berlin


The Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics (MPIMG) is an international research institute with about 350 employees, dedicated to functional genomics, with a focus on gene regulation and epigenomic control mechanisms in mammalian development and disease. The MPIMG and particularly its Department for Genome Regulation (Director: Alexander Meissner) provides an unparalleled training and teaching environment for highly skilled, ambitious researchers seeking challenges at the cutting edge of the understanding of epigenetic mechanisms.

We offer an open position in a multicenter project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF):

h3. *PhD student (m/f/d) Molecular Biology*

*(E13/2 according to the TVöD salary scale + 15% recruiting allowance)
Code: 20-13*

The project will push the boundaries of what is considered technologically possible in the field of third generation sequencing technologies, specifically nanopore sequencing. The work will build upon our recent publication in Nature Biotechnology on targeted nanopore sequencing of disease loci (https://doi.org/10.1038/s41587-019-0293-x). The position is offered initially for three years.

Successful candidates will work in a high-profile environment and interact with a multidisciplinary team of experts in the fields electrical engineering, epigenetics, surgical oncology as well as industry partners in the field of applied clinical diagnostics. Alexander Meissner and Franz-Josef Müller will coordinate the project. The key task will entail the synthesis and scale up of RNA oligonucleotide libraries and subsequent testing of the libraries through nanopore sequencing as described in our Nature biotechnology study.

We are looking for highly motivated as well as skilled individuals in the area molecular biology and next-generation sequencing library preparation. Eligible candidates should have a Master’s degree or a similar qualification in biological, chemical or physical sciences. The candidates will have to have a strong background in DNA and/or RNA oligomer synthesis. The position is offered to individuals with concomitant prior experience in wet lab aspects of next-generation sequencing applications. We are encouraging individuals with a not purely academic career paths and/or academic career aspirations but with prior work experience in commercial entities in the above-mentioned areas of expertise to apply.

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.

Applications including the usual documents as well as two references should be sent by *June 30th, 2020* as one pdf file to email: job-2013@molgen.mpg.de

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