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Institution Faculty of Medicine - Biomedical Center Munich, Molecular Biology Division
Remuneration group TV-L E13
Full-time / Part-time Part-time (65%)
Start date As soon as possible
Application deadline 2024-07-15

We are looking for you:

Fully-funded PhD position in Chromatin Biology (m/f/x)

in Planegg-Martinsried

Your tasks and responsibilities:

The opportunity:

Chromatin modifications are highly cell type-specific and essential in regulating cell fate decisions. Several histone marks can coexist on the same nucleosome, resulting in an immense theoretical number of combinatorial possibilities. In this project, we want to investigate if more combinations exist on the same nucleosome with relevant biological functions. If so, do they occur in all cell types, or are there even lineage-specific combinations? What is their biological function, and how are they regulated?

In this PhD position you will be responsible for:

  • Explore the combinations of several key histone modifications using mass spectrometry.
  • Employ a novel epigenomics strategy to map combinatorial histone marks across cell types and tissues.
  • Study the biological function of selected combinations using cutting-edge technologies in cultured cells.
  • Computational analysis and data integration.

Your qualifications:

  • You have completed or are about to complete a Master's degree in molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, or a related field. You will find more information on the eligibility criteria here.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are among your strengths. Fluency in English is essential.
  • You enjoy working with project members from diverse scientific and cultural backgrounds and are willing to learn continuously.
  • Previous experience with genomics data generation and analysis is a plus but optional.


  • A fully-funded position for four years with a possibility for extension.
  • A gross salary starting at €2,825 in the first year and increasing to €3,060 (salary conforms to TV-L E13, 65%). End-of-year bonus.
  • Embedding in a structured graduate program committed to supporting doctoral candidates in their research goals, in good scientific practice, and achieving optimal qualifications for future careers.
  • You will be part of a culturally diverse, inclusive, and highly motivated research team in a leading scientific environment that shares these values.
  • Funding to attend international meetings and workshops in Europe.

People with disabilities who are equally as qualified as other applicants will receive preferential treatment.


Are you curious in learning more about the position?

Then we look forward to receiving your complete application, including the following requirements:

  1. Curriculum Vitae (PDF file, max. 2 pages, written in English).
  2. Short description of any research project carried out during your studies (MSc thesis, etc.). State the rationale and goals of the research, and indicate your contributions to the results (~300 words).
  3. Describe your general research interests (~200 words).
  4. What do you find interesting about our research? (~200 words).
  5. Transcript (record of study) and degree certificate for all completed degrees. If provided by the university, please also upload the supplementary information.
  6. Temporary/provisional transcripts for degree programs, you are currently enrolled in.
  7. Successful candidates need to be fluent in written and spoken English.
  8. Contact details from at least two referees (one referee should be a direct supervisor, working with you for at least 6 months).

Please send your full application as a single PDF document (max. 5 MB) to
Important dates:
The application call closes on July 15th 2024.
Interviews with pre-selected candidates will take place in August 2024.
The research project may start anytime between October and December 2024.

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