Postdoc (f/m/x) - Cellular fate decisions in Olfactory Sensory Neurons


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Our research is focused within the areas of metabolic health/diabetes, environmental health, molecular targets and therapies, cell programming and repair, bioengineering, and computational health. We particularly excel in the fields of basic research, bioengineering, artificial intelligence, and technological development.

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At the Scialdone lab we are looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher (f/m/x) to work on modeling cellular fate decisions in olfactory sensory neurons.

The Olfactory Sensory Neurons (OSNs) are the cells that allow us to smell. There are hundreds of different types of OSNs, each of which can detect only a subset of odourants and having a specific spatial distribution within the olfactory epithelium. How do OSNs “choose” what type to become? How can they spatially arrange themselves? These are some of the key questions that we aim to answer.

All the work will be conducted in close collaboration with experimental labs, which will validate the models’ predictions.

Our lab is part of the Institute of Epigenetics and Stem Cells and is also associated with the Institute of Computational Biology and the Institute of Functional Epigenetics within the Helmholtz Center in Munich.

Prof. Matthias Tschöp (Dr. Med., Dr. hc.), CEO of Helmholtz Munich:

"We believe that excellent research requires a range of different perspectives. Diverse teams reach better solutions and are more innovative in their research topics.

Establishing our Diversity Management Strategy demonstrates our commitment to ensuring an appreciative company culture based on mutual respect. We are also implementing diversity-sensitive processes throughout our whole organization."

Your tasks

The project on modeling cellular fate decisions in olfactory sensory neurons combines physical modeling and machine learning to extract information from omic datasets (e.g., single-cell and spatial transcriptomic datasets) and build mechanistic and predictive models.

Your profile

The successful candidate should have

  • a strong background in Physics, Applied Mathematics, or related fields (PhD level),
  • prior experience in modeling biological systems with numerical as well as analytical approaches.



Since 2005, we hold the TOTAL E-QUALITY award for exemplary action in the sense of an equal-opportunity organizational culture.

Helmholtz Munich is actively committed to diversity and inclusion in practice and is sustainably committed to equality.

The Diversity Charter has set itself the goal of promoting diversity in the world of work. By signing the charter, we commit ourselves to create an appreciative working environment for all employees.


If you fulfil all the requirements, you may be eligible for a salary grade of up to E 13. Social benefits are based on the Collective Wage Agreement for Public-Sector Employees (TVöD). This position is for a fixed term of 2 years.

We are committed to promoting a culture of diversity and welcome applications from talented people regardless of gender, cultural background, nationality, ethnicity, sexual identity, physical abilities, religion or age. Qualified applicants with physical disabilities will be given preference.
If you have obtained a university degree abroad, we will require further documents from you regarding the comparability of your degree. Please request the Statement of Comparability for Foreign Higher Education Qualifications as early as possible.


Interested in applying?

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Dr. Antonio Scialdone, + 49 89 3187-1877, who will be happy to help.

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