Project Leader (CRISPR Genome Engineering and Applications in Infection Biology)

Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens
Berlin, Germany
up to E14, TVöD-Bund (collective agreement for the public service)
April 17 2018
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Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens

Project Leader

(CRISPR Genome Engineering and Applications in Infection Biology)

The Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens headed by its director Prof. Emmanuelle Charpentier is seeking a full time Project Leader with excellent skills and knowledge in the application of CRISPR systems for gene editing and genome engineering.

The Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens is an international research institute currently being established, whose research focuses on basic biological principles in bacterial pathogens ( We are particular interested in genetic and biochemical mechanisms of regulation by RNAs and proteins in bacterial pathogens causing diseases in humans, and in viruses of these pathogens. The overall aims of the Unit`s research are to gain a better understanding of the molecular and cellular mechanisms that control and regulate bacterial infectious processes. In this context, we aim to explore CRISPR-based approaches applied to engineer human host models of infection.

Within our research topics (CRISPR Biology, are seeking a highly motivated and talented Project Leader to join an international and collaborative team in an outstanding and competitive scientific environment. We are seeking highly qualified scientists with an excellent research track record and previous post-doctoral research experience, committed to a career in basic research. The successful candidate is expected to set up and maintain the scientific and technical expertise of the research topic for the Unit, pursue research at the highest standards, oversee the work of younger scientists (PhD, master and undergraduate students), and contribute actively to collaborative and complementary research across the Unit. This position provides all necessary resources to allow the successful candidate to develop her/his career to a senior researcher level.

Your qualification should include:

  • PhD in Biochemistry, Genetics, Immunology, Microbiology and/or Molecular Biology
  • A proven track record in the field of genome engineering with CRISPR and/or infection biology (host-pathogen interaction) is considered an advantage
  • A proven record of successful publications in highly respected international scientific journals
  • A successful post-doctoral experience
  • Fluent in English language
  • Experience working abroad is considered as an advantage
  • Friendly disposition, confident and responsible work ethics
  • Working independently and as part of an international team
  • Self-motivated and enthusiastic to work in a competitive, dynamic, stimulating and interacting international scientific environment focusing on basic biological research

The position is initially for three years with the possibility of an extension after evaluation. The payment level is based on the German state public service salary scale (up to E14, TVöD-Bund) according to the training, qualifications and professional experience. The benefits correspond to the regulations of the public service. The position is available at the earliest possible date. The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more handicapped individuals and especially encourages them to apply. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encouraged women to apply.

Applications will be accepted exclusively via our online application portal. If you are interested, please follow the link and upload your full application in English by May 31st, 2018:

Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens

Department of Human Resources


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