Research Groups

Postdoctoral Position

The Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, Germany, is a highly visible and international research institute focused on cell and developmental biology. Currently about 500 employees are working at the institute, where half are from abroad with 53 nations represented. MPI-CBG has twice been awarded the title “Best Place to Work” (Academia and postdocs) by the journal “The Scientist”. It tops the list of the top ten research institutions outside the United States in 2009, and is the only German institution listed.

We are offering a

Postdoctoral Position (m/f)

in the laboratory of Dora Tang as a part of a collaborative 1.3 million Euro grant titled “De novo evolution of protocells with functional genomes”. This project lies in the area of Origin of Life research and involves using multidisciplinary approaches to determine the physio-chemical factors which would have driven the transition from a molecular world to a biological world. This project is part of a network whose two project partners are based in Dresden and Munich.

Applicants should be ambitious, highly motivated and creative with expertise in biophysics, physical chemistry, synthetic chemistry or biochemistry. Experience in protocell models; soft matter physics; enzyme catalysis; simulations and analytical techniques such as ITC are preferred. The candidate will be able to work both individually and collaboratively within the small network.

The MPI-CBG provides highly competent and well organized services and facilities and excellent mentoring and career development opportunities.

To apply please submit your CV including the contacts of 3 researchers who can be approached for reference letters and one page motivation letter outlining your prior experience and future plans by January 31st, 2017. Please use our online application system (Code: 2016-PostDoc-2340) at

This full-time position is for 2 years in the first instance with possible extension and is available immediately. Salary and social benefits will be in accordance with the regulations of the German TVöD Bund (salary agreement for public service employees). We especially encourage women to apply.

The Max Planck Society is committed to employ more people with disabilities and actively seek their applications.

Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics

Pfotenhauerstr. 108
01307 Dresden, Germany