Molecular mechanisms specific to meiosis

Advisor: John Weir

PhD Program: Tübingen International PhD Program in the Biological Sciences
Location: Friedrich Miescher Laboratory, 
Structural Biochemistry of Meiosis Group

We are looking for a PhD Student (m/f/d) to join the Structural Biochemistry of Meiosis group at the Friedrich Miescher Laboratory on the Max Planck Campus in Tübingen, southern Germany.

We use a combination of biochemistry and structural biology to understand molecular mechanisms specific to meiosis. In this project, you will build on recent work in the lab to understand the molecular organisation of the protein machinery that promotes crossovers during meiosis. You will have the chance to work on both the yeast and mammalian protein complexes, and carry out biochemical, biophysical and structural analyses.

Our Requirements

  • hold, or expect to hold, a Masters (or Diploma) degree in a relevant subject. All prior degree work must be finished before the PhD start date. 

  • have experience in molecular biology, biochemistry or structural biology

  • be able to show that your interests, skills and knowledge match well with your proposed area of doctoral research. 

  • be able to demonstrate a high level of written and spoken English. 

  • have strong motivation to work in international teams. 

We offer

  • excellent facilities 
(e.g., protein production, biophysics, cryoEM, genomics)
  • A fully funded research position (payment level according to E13 65% TVöD Bund). The salary includes all mandatory social insurance contributions for healthcare, unemployment, and retirement benefits
  • tailored support from your advisor and a thesis advisory committee
  • opportunities to visit international meetings to present your work
  • core and optional development opportunities to improve your scientific and transferable skills
  • multicultural environment with English as the working language

Successful candidates will join the Tübingen International PhD Program in the Biological Sciences (TIPP). 


To apply, please register and complete our online application form. 

Application deadline: 31st May 2022

For further information about the research project, please contact John R. Weir 

The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more disabled individuals and especially encourages them to apply. Overall, the Max Planck Society strives to increase diversity in all scientific fields. We particularly welcome applications from persons with backgrounds that have so far been underrepresented in science and research with regard to gender, age, professional and cultural background, family situation, sexual orientation, and nationality

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