Open Positions 1
Time Span as soon as possible for 3 years
Application Deadline 16 Oct 2022
Type of Position
PhD - Doctoral Programme
Field of Research
Mathematics / Natural Sciences
Description The Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences is a
leading international research institute of exceptional scientific breadth.
With more than 40 research groups and some 1,000 employees from over 50
nations, it is the largest institute of the Max Planck Society.
The Department of Meiosis (Dr. Melina Schuh) is inviting applications for a
PhD student (f/m/d)
– Functions of the cytoskeleton in mammalian oocyte meiosis –
The Schuh lab investigates how oocytes develop in mammals, and how errors
arise in this process, which are a major cause of miscarriages and
infertility. For this, we employ advanced microscopy, loss of function
approaches, and next-generation sequencing techniques. Our laboratory has
pioneered various techniques in the field of oocyte meiosis, including the
first studies of chromosome segregation in live human oocytes (Science 2015)
and the establishment of Trim-Away, a method for the acute removal of proteins
from cells (Cell 2017). Employing these techniques, the lab recently showed
that spindle actin is essential to prevent chromosome segregation errors in
eggs (Science 2017), identified a liquid-like spindle domain that promotes
acentrosomal spindle assembly in mammalian oocytes (Science 2019), revealed
chromosome condensation and clustering as mechanism to ensure correct genome
unification in mammalian embryos (Cell 2021), and uncovered the mechanism of
spindle pole organization and instability in human oocytes (Science 2022).
The successful applicant will study novel functions of the cytoskeleton during
oocyte meiosis. The candidate will be hosted in our main lab at the Max Planck
Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences, but will also be able to interact
with our satellite laboratory at Bourn Hall Clinic, Cambridge, UK, the world's
first in vitro fertilization (IVF) clinic founded by the pioneers of IVF
Robert Edwards and Patrick Steptoe.
The successful candidate has a keen interest and initial experience in the
area of cell biology, molecular biology, biophysics, and/or microscopy or
related fields, and a strong interest to learn and apply a wide range of
microscopy and imaging related techniques. Eligible candidates hold (or
expect to complete soon) a Master's or equivalent degree in any of these
areas or a related field.
What we offer
• Competitive research in an inspiring, world-class environment
• Further training and career development opportunities; free in-house
• On-site health management: free fitness and yoga room, sports groups, beach
league, and courses for a 'moving lunch break'
• A wide range of offers to help you balance work and family life including
on-campus kindergarten and vacation care, parent-child offices, etc.
• Spacious campus cafeteria with a wide range of diverse meals
• Initiatives for sustainability and a green environment with an on-site
Based at one of Germany's premier research campuses, our department has access
to leading-edge infrastructure in all areas of cell and molecular biology as
well as cutting-edge microscopy. We are an international team with lab members
from 17 nations and our working language is English; knowledge of German is
not required – but it is a great opportunity for you to learn German! The
historic city of Göttingen, located in the centre of Germany, offers great
outdoor and cultural opportunities, a vibrant student scene, and an impressive
PhD students will be funded for three years (with a possibility of
extension) and have the opportunity to enrol in one of several PhD programs
in collaboration with the University of Göttingen. Payment and benefits are
based on the German Public Service Payscale (TVöD Bund) guidelines. The
starting date is flexible.
The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals
with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from
such qualified individuals. The Max Planck Society strives for gender and
diversity equality. We welcome applications from all backgrounds.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Interested candidates should submit their application including cover letter
(explaining background and motivation), CV, transcripts, publication list,
and the contact details of at least 2 academic referees preferably via e-mail
as a single PDF file to
Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences
Dr. Melina Schuh
Am Faßberg 11
Web: www. mpinat.mpg.de/mschuh
Information pursuant to Article 13 DS-GVO on the collection and processing of
personal data during the application process can be found on our website below
the respective job advertisement.
Language of Dissertation
Letter of Motivation
List of Publication
Others : contact addresses of 2 references
More Information https: // www. mpinat.mpg.de/37-22?c=645962