The Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen, Germany is one of the world's leading research institutes in the field of marine research. A diverse and international team of 200 researchers, engineers, technicians, and support staff work together to explore the oceans - from nearshore waters to the polar seas and deep sea using state-of-the-art technology.

In the Symbiosis Department at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology microbiologists, zoologists, molecular and computational biologists, evolutionary biologists and ecologists work together to understand basic principles of symbioses between marine invertebrates and their beneficial microorganisms. We use a wide array of methods to study marine symbioses that range from in situ field tools to molecular, 'omic' and imaging analyses. For more information, please visit our website at

Nicole Dubilier, Director and Head of the Symbiosis Department invites applications for a

Postdoctoral scientist

to work on the comparative genomics of gutless marine oligochaetes.

The goal of the project is to identify the genomic basis for the evolution of marine oligochaetes that have lost their digestive and excretory systems, and rely on symbiotic bacteria for their nutrition and waste management. Long-read (PacBio) and short-read (Illumina) sequences from several gutless oligochaete species are available.

The candidate will work largely independently. After the first two years, an extension for an additional three years as a Project Leader with a small research group within the Symbiosis Department is possible, with the goal that the candidate gains expertise and competence for leading their own research field.

We are looking for candidates with a strong background in one or more of the following topics: invertebrate biology, developmental biology, comparative genomics, computational biology, and host-microbe research. Experience in comparative genomics is essential, as are solid bioinformatics skills. Experience in working with transcriptomic or proteomic data would be an advantage. The candidate should have completed a PhD degree in biology or related fields with excellent skills in spoken and written English.

We offer a highly collegial and collaborative working atmosphere. We are dedicated to supporting and promoting the development of our early career researchers by providing personal mentorship, full funding for attending soft-skill and technical training courses, scientific workshops and international meetings, and other benefits. The compatibility of private life, family and career are central components of our personnel policy. The scientific language of our institute is English.

The position is offered as a 2 years full-time appointment. The salary will be according to the German system for public employees (E 14 TVöD Bund).

The Max Planck Society strives for equality and diversity. We welcome applicants regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or disabilities.

Are you interested?

We are looking forward to receiving your application by December, 15, 2021. Please upload your application, including curriculum vitae, research statement (2 pages max), a list of publications and the contact details of at least two references.

We are looking forward to your application!

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