Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU)

14 PhD Positions in Gene Regulation & Evolution

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz & Institute of Molecular Biology

Mainz, Germany

The Biology Department of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (Germany) together with the Institute of Molecular Biology offers 14 PhD positions, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) within the

Research Training Group ""Gene Regulation in Evolution: From Molecular to Extended Phenotypes"" (GenEvo)

GenEvo students will form a tight-knit research community working on the interface of gene regulation and evolution. As part of this community, you will be given advanced training, covering skills needed for both research and industry.

Access to state-of-the-art Core Facilities and their technical expertise and hands-on courses on key technologies ensure that you are supported no matter how challenging your project becomes. Furthermore, student assistants will offer you their helping hands in the lab. Learning together with a student buddy, on GenEvo retreats, symposia and a summer school will foster cooperation and networking across groups from evolutionary biology to epigenetics.

Logistically, you will benefit from an affiliation with the established International PhD Programme (IPP) on “Epigenetics, Gene Regulation & Genome Stability” which currently has over 120 students from 30 countries. This gives you access to an experienced welcome service and opens the door to an international student community in Mainz, who maintains a lively social programme with activities to suit everyone.

Are you an ambitious, young scientist looking to push the boundaries of science while interacting with colleagues from multiple disciplines and cultures? Then the GenEvo Research Training Group is your opportunity to give your scientific career a flying start!

Furthermore, with the same online application, you can also choose from another 16 positions, who are currently available under the umbrella of the IPP in the following research fields:

  • Genome Stability & DNA Repair
  • Epigenetics & Gene Regulation
  • Computational Biology & Omics
  • Synthetic Biology & Nanoscopy

We offer

  • The possibility to work on exciting, interdisciplinary projects at the interface between gene regulation & evolution or epigenetics & genome stability.
  • A team of dedicated advisors from several disciplines
  • Numerous opportunities for advanced training in scientific knowledge, techniques and professional skills
  • Fully-funded researcher positions
  • Modern laboratories and state-of-the-art technology in highly motivated research teams
  • A lively and very international student community

Required qualifications

  • Master (in biology or a related field) or equivalent scientific qualifications
  • Motivation to work at the forefront of science
  • Interest in the role of Gene regulation in Evolution
  • Interactive personality & good command of English

Application requirement:

  • 2 letters of reference

Starting date: October 2019
Duration of salary: at least 3 years, with the possibility of extension
Deadline for registration (exclusively online via web form): 22 May 2019

The following projects are offered in GenEvo groups:

  • Joachim Burger, Falk Butter, Miguel Andrade: A genome-wide view of human adaptation to novel selective environments using ancient genome data
  • Julian König, Joachim Burger, Thomas Hankeln: The molecular evolution of Alu
  • Thomas Hankeln, Miguel Andrade: Gene expression regulation in the adaptive evolution of the hypoxia-tolerant rodent Spalax
  • René Ketting, David Rosenkranz, Hans Zischler: Systematic comparative analysis of nematode small RNA pathways
  • René Ketting, Falk Butter, Susanne Gerber: Comparative analysis of evolutionary changes in the transcriptome and proteome in nematodes
  • Petra Beli, René Ketting, Thomas Hankeln: Evolution of gene regulation induced by the ultraviolet radiation stress response
  • Eva Wolf, Miguel Andrade, Susanne Foitzik: Structural insights into the evolution of circadian gene regulation
  • Helen May-Simera, Martin Kaltenpoth, Susanne Gerber: Evolution of ‘cilia’ proteins in gene regulatory mechanisms
  • Peter Baumann, Romain Libbrecht: Epigenetic diversity and adaptation in parthenogenetic lizards
  • Romain Libbrecht, René Ketting: Gene regulatory mechanisms modulating reproductive activity in ants
  • Susanne Foitzik, Peter Baumann, Susanne Gerber: The role of gene regulation in the division of labour in ants
  • Susanne Foitzik, Peter Baumann, Falk Butter: Parasite interference in regulation of host gene expression
  • Martin Kaltenpoth, Christof Niehrs: Evolution of molecular mechanisms regulating mutualism establishment

During the application process, one to several projects can be chosen. Please select in our application form for each project you are interested in (up to 5) the adviser listed in bold. For further details, please visit our website

Please apply via recruiter’s website.