Staff scientist in molecular biology and tissue engineering



Staff scientist in tissue engineering and molecular biology


A staff scientist position in tissue engineering and molecular biology is available in the Chan Lab at the Max Planck Institute in Tübingen, Germany as part of a Max Planck and ERC-funded research team investigating gene regulatory network evolution in mouse and human tissue culture models.


Your role:  You will be a central team member assigned to work closely with a postdoc in carrying out work mainly using tissue culture, tissue engineering and microfluidics techniques. You will be responsible for the derivation and maintenance of specialized iPS and embryonic stem cell lines, creation of cell line panels using the in vitro recombination technique developed by our laboratory (see Lazzarano et al., 2018). You will be trained to apply tissue engineering techniques, including but not limited to flow or microfluidics models to assay expression and tissue phenotypes. You will also operate flow cytometry instrument in the context of tissue differentiation and single-cell studies. You will assist in generating DNA and RNAseq libraries to help dissect the genetic architecture of gene expression evolution in mouse or human tissue models.

Requirements: You should hold a Bachelors-equivalent degree or higher qualifications in the areas of genetics, molecular biology or regenerative medicine. We are looking for a strong track-record and demonstrated research experience and training, particularly in tissue culture and aseptic techniques. Passion for research, team spirit and enthusiasm are essential. English is required.

Our Team: We are a multidisciplinary team that focuses on the systems biology of development and evolution in mice, combining population and functional genomics with molecular biology and tissue engineering techniques to study the evolution of gene regulatory network in mouse and its close relatives. Our research group is funded by the European Research Council (ERC) and the Max Planck Society and is located on the Max Planck campus in Tübingen, Germany. Our campus hosts world-class research groups and operates state-of-the-art sequencing and other core facilities. English is the working language. All seminars and communications are in English.

Our Offer: The position is available for an initial 2 years with the possibility of extension based on performance. Salary and benefits are according to the German public service pay scale (TVöD Bund up to and including E13) and are commensurate with training and experience.

The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in areas where they are underrepresented, and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more handicapped individuals and especially encourages them to apply.

See Lazzarano et al., Genetic mapping of species differences via in vitro crosses in mouse embryonic stem cells. Proc Nat Acad Sci, 2018. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1717474115


To Apply: Consideration of applications will begin on 15th April 2018, and will remain open until filled. Please send your application with 1. a statement of research interests and why you have applied for this position, 2. your CV, and 3. three reference letters to Dr Frank Chan at or the postal address below. Incomplete applications will not be considered.   


Dr Frank Chan, Friedrich Miescher Laboratory of the Max Planck Society, Max-Planck-Ring 9, 72076 Tübingen, Germany.