Postdoctoral Position (m/f) in Cell Biology

The group of Marino Zerial is looking for a highly-motivated postdoctoral candidate with strong background in cell biology to work on the delivery of oligonucleotide therapeutics.

The Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, Germany, is an 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”.

We are offering a

Postdoctoral Position (m/f)


in Cell Biology.

Job Description
The group of Marino Zerial is looking for a highly-motivated postdoctoral candidate with strong background in cell biology to work on the delivery of oligonucleotide therapeutics.

Specific targeting and endosomal escape still remain crucial hurdles for successful implementation of macromolecular therapeutics. The know-how in endocytosis positions the group at the leading edge of the studies of macromolecule-based drug delivery systems.
This project aims to investigate the intracellular trafficking of non-viral gene delivery technologies. The uptake, trafficking and endosomal escape of nucleic acids will be analysed in cell lines and primary cells in vitro, and in mouse models in vivo, using new quantitative light and electron microscopy approaches. This project will provide proof of concept for new platforms enabling cellular delivery of oligonucleotides in vitro and in vivo and demonstrate the therapeutic potential of the approach.

Your qualifications
The successful candidate should have a doctoral degree and documented experience in cell biology and fluorescence microscopy imaging. Experience in in vivo studies with mice will be an advantage. The candidate should be able to interact with members of an interdisciplinary team of cell biologists, biochemists, computer scientists and clinicians, work in a competitive international environment and possess excellent communication and data presentation skills (English is the working language at the MPI-CBG).

Our offer
The full-time position is available immediately for an initial period of 2 years with the possibility of extension. 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.

For further information contact Prof. Marino Zerial by email zerial@mpi-cbg.de or phone +49 (0)351 210 1100.


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


Please submit your complete application including the names of three referees by December 31, 2018 via our online application system stating Code 2018-Postdoc-Zerial at
https://recruitingapp-2443.umantis.com/Vacancies/410/Application/CheckLogin/2?lang=eng


Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology
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