Collaborative Research Center (CRC) 1064 Chromatin Dynamics

The research challenge

Chromatin, DNA and histone proteins, is the basic functional unit of genetic expression and therefore a highly dynamic and complex compound. Our research focuses on the fundamentals of chromatin dynamics, aiming at understanding principles and mechanisms that endow chromatin organisation with diversity, flexibility and plasticity to respond to environmental and developmental cues. CRC research strives for an integrated understanding of chromatin structure and fucntion from atomic resolution, via molecular interactions and mechanism to microscopically resolvable structures of nuclei in physiological settings.

We offer

The CRC is a consortium of 20 projects covering three major areas pertaining to chromatin dynamics:

  • Nucleosome remodelling
  • Histone modifications, turnover and incorporation of variants
  • Dynamic assembly and disassembly of chromatin structures

Cutting-edge expertise is enhanced through support of core facilities in mass spectrometry and bioinformatics.

Doctoral researchers will be members in the Integrated Research Training Program (IRTG), a structured graduate program committed to supporting doctoral candidates in their research goals and in achieving optimal qualifications for future careers.

Doctoral degrees will be awarded through the Ludwig Maximillians University of Munich, one of the top-ranking universities in Germany. Research is concentrated on the Life Science Campus in southwestern Munich, with groups in the Biomedical Centrum Munich, the LMU Biocenter, the Gene Center, Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry and the Helmholtz Zentrum. The city of Munich and its environs offers excellent opportunities for recreation and cultural activities.

From the next funding period, PhD and Postdoc positions are open in projects A04, A06, A16, A20, A21, A23. Salaries conform to TV-L E13 (65% for PhD positions). Please see SFB website for individual project and job descriptions.

We are looking for

Diverse and highly motivated candidates with strong backgrounds in biochemistry or related fields. Your qualifying degrees should reflect talent and good understanding of biological and biochemical topics, as well as practical experience in experimental lab work. Candidates should have excellent command of written and spoken English.

How to apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae up to current date, not exceeding 2 pages.
  • Documentation for qualifying academic degrees (PDFs of transcripts, degree certificates),
  • Short summary of master’s thesis and doctoral thesis, if applicable (250 words each),
  • Motivational essay elaborating on your motivation driving your interest in this position, including what you expect to contribute to the project, in approx. 500 words.
  • Contact information for two references

Please sumbit applications and documents in English or in German.  Documents in other languages must be accompanied by certified translations. Applicants with degrees from China must provide APS certificates for each degree. Translations and APS certificates should be incorporated into the PDF of the reference document.

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Online applications for doctoral and post-doctoral positions were accepted until August 18, 2017.

The institutions contributing to this project are equal opportunity employers