Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Berlin

PhD Position

Job Offer from January 27, 2017

The Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Berlin, is an international research institute with approximately 250 employees, working in the field of medical genomics.

In the Mass Spectrometry Group a PhD Position (Code: 17-04 M) is available immediately.

The research interest of our group is based in the field of mitochondrial pathologies and mitochondria and cancer. Furthermore, we provide mass spectrometry service for the entire Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics. Primary objectives for the candidate include, but are not limited to: LC-MS characterization of renal carcinomas, in close cooperation with the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin.


The applicant should hold a master’s degree/diploma in biology, biochemistry or a related field. The applicant must show strong written and oral communication skills and a substantial interest in mass spectrometry. Expertise and hands-on experience, i.e., in quantitative mass spectrometry (nano-LC-MS/MS) with additional experience in proteomics sample preparation and bioinformatics are highly desirable. Key is to interpret results based on bioinformatic tools and literature searches.

The position

Responsibilities will include the development and execution of experiments, data analysis, manuscript preparation, presentation of results, and working with collaborators and other members, of the research team.

Our offer

The position is limited to 3 years and funded by a private organization (scholarship of €1350/month).

More information about the research group, instrumentations and recent publications can be found on our MPI mass spectrometry web page: (Correct answers for the MS Quiz (see homepage) should be included in your application, as they will give you a bonus!)


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

Motivated and enthusiastic individuals are encouraged to send a full CV including professional references and a detailed cover letter outlining your particular skills, experience and relevance to:

Dr. David Meierhofer

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