Postdoc position, Berlin

February 2, 2012 § Leave a comment

Alex Loewer recently left the Lahav lab to set up his own lab in Berlin, and is now looking for a post-doc; see below.  Alex is much missed and will be a great mentor, so if you know graduate students who are looking for opportunities in the systems biology of mammalian signaling, please spread the word!

The MAX DELBRÜCK CENTER FOR MOLECULAR MEDICINE (MDC) BERLIN-BUCH is inviting applications for one highly motivated and skilled


for the group “Signaling Dynamics in Single Cells”, part of the “Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology (BIMSB)”

The MDC is a biomedical research institute within the Helmholtz Association of National Research Centers, supported by the Federal Government of Germany and the Senate of Berlin. It is a dedicated to interdisciplinary research in the areas of Cardiovascular and Metabolic diseases, Cancer and Function and Dysfunction of Nervous System.

The research group “Signaling Dynamics in Single Cells” is focused on understanding the mechanisms of signal transduction in living cells. In a project funded by the DFG in the priority program “InKoMBio”, we will combine single cell experiments with mathematical modeling and information theory to investigate the information flow in the mammalian MAPK pathway. Specific questions are how information is encoded and decoded, how much information is transmitted by the pathway and how reliable signaling is ensured in the presence of molecular noise. The focus of the advertised position is to develop automated time-lapse microscopy assays of MAPK activity to acquire quantitative single cell data. It will include close collaborations with theoretical scientists specialized in information theory.

As part of a young team of international scientists, the successful applicant will work in an exciting, stimulating and interactive environment in a modern research institute with cutting edge infrastructure and core facilities.

The ideal candidate has a PhD in life sciences with a strong background in molecular and cell biology and experience in microscopy. He/she has a keen interest in quantitative biology and in collaborating with theoretical scientists. We would appreciate a candidate, who is highly motivated, able to develop his own projects and capable of working in a team. Excellent communication skills and good knowledge of the English language are required.

Remuneration is according to the German TVöD (Bund/Ost) scale (E13). The position is available for 2 years, with the possibility of further extension. Disabled applicants holding the same qualifications are given preference. Applications by women are explicitly encouraged. The successful candidate should start ideally April 1st, 2012.

Applications (in one pdf file, including letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, contact information for 2-3 referees, degree certificates) should be sent by February 17th, 2012 to Mrs. Sabrina Deter (

Further information can be found online:

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