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Postdoc(s) (m/f/div) in the Mechanics of Tissue Organogenesis and Repair

Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG)
Dresden, Sachsen (DE)
Closing date
31 Jul 2024

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Biomedicine, Chemistry, Health Science, Life Science
Job Type
Employment - Hours
Full time
Fixed term


The Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG) in Dresden, Germany, is an international research institute focused on cell and developmental biology. Currently about 500 employees from over 50 countries work at the institute in a highly collaborative and curiosity-driven environment. Our research programs are interdisciplinary and span multiple scales of magnitude, from molecular assemblies to organelles, cells, tissues, organs, and organisms. MPI-CBG has twice been awarded the title “Best Place to Work” (Academia and postdocs) by the journal “The Scientist”. Our institute is well known for its flat organizational structure, collegiality, shared resources, equal opportunities, and support for families.

The group of Prof. Dr. Meritxell Huch is looking for

Postdoc(s) (m/f/div) in the Mechanics of Tissue Organogenesis and Repair

Prof. Dr. Meritxell Huch’s research group is at the forefront of mechanistic research into principles governing the proliferation and differentiation of adult organs and tissues. Utilizing innovative mouse and human organoids and animal models, our ultimate goal is to elucidate the mechanisms of tissue organogenesis, repair, and deregulation in disease. Prof. Dr. Huch is a pioneer in the development of organoid models for non-intestinal tissues, having published seminal papers on stomach, liver, and pancreas organoids. To gain a comprehensive understanding of the molecular and cellular processes regulating tissue repair, our approach is to combine animal models with novel and constantly developing organoid models in the lab (Huch et al., Nature 2013, Huch et al., Cell 2015, Broutier et al., Nature protocols 2016, Broutier et al., Nature Medicine 2017, Cordero-Espinoza et al., Cell Stem Cell 2021, Georgakopoulous et al., BMC Dev 2022, Dowbaj et al., STAR protocols 2023).

Our research team is highly interdisciplinary, international, and collaborative. English is the primary working language in both the Huch lab and the institute.

Job description
We aim to identify the molecular and cellular mechanisms that regulate tissue repair and the emergence of diseases from their deregulation, with a particular focus in fibrosis and cancer. At the molecular level, we found that massive epigenetic and transcriptional reprogramming occurs in adult tissues when they exit quiescence and enter the regenerative state (Aloia et al., Nature Cell Biology 2019). We are now exploring other layers of gene regulation, including metabolic rewiring, to gain a detailed molecular understanding of the transition from quiescence. At the cellular level, we also described that, paradoxically, the cell-cell interactions between stromal and epithelial cells can either promote regeneration or maintain quiescence, depending on the number of direct cell-cell contacts between both populations (Cordero-Espinoza et al., Cell Stem Cell 2021). We now aim to investigate the direct players involved in this process by studying cell-adhesion and cell-matrix interactions.

Within this context, we are seeking talented postdoctoral researchers interested in learning and understanding the intricacies of tissue dynamics and organogenesis when challenged, the mechanisms that enable returning to homeostasis, and/or the mechanisms that trigger disease.

Your qualifications

  • Doctoral degree
  • Documented experience in molecular, cell culture, and in vivo techniques (e.g., tissue culture, mouse models, FACS, genome-wide and omics approaches)
  • Research background in epigenetics and metabolism as well as cell biology, cell matrix, or cell adhesion is highly advantageous
  • Excellent communication and data presentation skills
  • Excellent command of the English language

Our offer
The full-time position is available immediately for an initial period of two years with the possibility of extension. Salary and social benefits will be in accordance with the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD, Entgeltgruppe 13, 100%). Starting gross salary would therefore range from 58K to 74K annually, depending on qualifications and experience.

For further details on the open position, please contact Dr. Lisa Johnsen via or telephone +49 (0) 351 210-2136. For questions about the contract or compensation, please contact Brian von Rueden, head of human resources, via

Application materials should include:

  • Cover letter indicating previous research accomplishments and motivation to apply
  • CV
  • Names of potential references / two letters of recommendation

Please submit your application by July 31, 2024, stating the Code 2024-Postdoc-TissueMechanics-1110 via our online system

Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics
Pfotenhauerstraße 108
01307 Dresden, Germany

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