Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics (MPI-MG)

PhD student in Precision Gene Control

Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics (MPI-MG)

Berlin, Germany

The Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics is an international research institute with approximately 350 employees, working in the field of medical genomics. A special focus lies on genome analysis of humans and other vertebrates.

The research group of Dr. Denes Hnisz has an open position for:

PhD student in Precision Gene Control
(E13/2 TVöD)
Code: 19-14

The Hnisz lab is looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic young researcher to study principles of gene control underlying critical physiological and pathological cell states. We seek to understand how transcriptional programs are established during development, how their corruption leads to human pathologies, and how this knowledge can be used for therapeutic manipulation of human disease genes. We operate on the interphase of biology, chemistry and physics in a highly collaborative way to solve fundamental problems in gene regulation, and are currently using embryonic stem cells, cancer models, state-of-the art genetic and biochemical perturbation technologies, genome structure mapping and computational methods.

Successful candidates should have a passion to solve mysteries in the biomedical research space, and the willingness and ability to learn and adapt to competitive environments. A master’s degree or a similar qualification in biological, chemical, physical or computational sciences is required. Previous experience with mammalian stem cells, CRISPR/Cas9 or advanced fluorescence microscopy techniques, and knowledge of computational biology is an advantage, but not a requirement.

Further information on the lab and the Institute is found at: and

The position will be for 3 years with the possibility of extension and is available as of now but starting dates are negotiable.

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 strives for gender justice and diversity and seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Interested candidates should submit their application including (I) a brief cover letter (describing your motivation), (II) a CV, (III) contact information of 2-3 references.
Please send all documents as a single pdf-file via e-mail to:

Dr. Denes Hnisz

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: Code: 19-14