Our mission as research center: Discover personalized medical solutions for environmentally triggered diseases to promote a healthier society in a rapidly changing world.

The Institute of Functional Epigenetics (IFE) focuses on understanding the epigenetic mechanisms whereby cells and organisms integrate metabolic signals, establish cellular memory, and regulate plasticity. We leverage this knowledge to identify new epigenetic pathways for drug discovery. We use cutting-edge methods (multi-omics, single cell, live cell imaging, modelling, biochemistry as well as various developmental, stem cell and cell biology systems) to predict, observe, and manipulate epigenetic processes.

Postdoc in Epigenetics (f/m/x) 101616

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Your responsibilities

The Schneider group is recruiting a PostDoc (f/m/x) to work on the interphase between chromatin biochemistry, epigenetics and epitranscriptomics. The applicant should have experience in the epigenetics or chromatin field, a solid publication record and be motivated to develop and drive her/his own project. The successful candidate will address a central question in epigenetics: how do epigenetic mechanisms (e.g. histone modifications) control gene expression programs in single cells and how are active transcriptional states inherited through cell divisions.

The applicant will implement a combination of approaches, including different “omics” approaches and the development of novel single cell technologies. He/she will benefit from a vibrant scientific environment as well as the strong epigenetics, chromatin and AI communities in the Munich area.

Relevant review articles from the Schneider lab:
Millán-Zambrano, et al.,  (2022) Histone post-translational modifications — cause and consequence of genome function. Nature Reviews Genetics doi: 10.1038/s41576-022-00468-7.
Nitsch, et al., (2021) Histone acylations and chromatin dynamics: Concepts, challenges and links to metabolism EMBO Reports 22:e52774.\

Your qualifications

  • PhD in biology or a related field
  • A very good publication record
  • Experience in at least one of the following is essential:
  • Chromatin biochemistry,
  • ChIP-seq and RNA-seq techniques (including data analysis),
  • Single cell approaches,
  • Mammalian tissue culture and cell manipulation
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of German is not required.

Our offer:

  • Scientifically stimulating environment with excellent facilities and  vibrant epigenetics@HelmholtzMunich community
  • To work in an interdisciplinary team of motivated people from around the world
  • Extensive professional development opportunities and career-building programs

What we offer you

work-life balance
flexible working hours & working-time models
continuous education and training
30 days annual leave
on-site health management service
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Munich, with its numerous lakes and its vicinity to the Alps, is considered to be one of the cities with the best quality of life worldwide. With its first-class universities and world-leading research institutions it offers an intellectually stimulating environment.

Provided that the prerequisites are fulfilled, a salary level up to E 13 is possible. Social benefits are based on the collective agreement for the federal public service (TVöD). The position is (initially) limited to two years, under certain circumstances an extension can be arranged.

To promote diversity, we welcome applications from talented people regardless of gender, cultural background, nationality, ethnicity, sexual identity, physical abilities, religion and age. Qualified applicants with physical disabilities will be given preference.
If you have obtained a university degree abroad, we require further documents from you regarding the recognition of the degree. Please request the recognition as early as possible.

Please submit your online application including a cover letter, detailed CV, copies of your certificates, and contact details of 3 referees preferable as one pdf file.

If you have further questions, simply contact Prof. Dr. Robert Schneider,, who will be happy to be of assistance.
Helmholtz Zentrum München
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Gesundheit und Umwelt (GmbH)
Institute of Functional Epigenetics
Ingolstädter Landstraße 1

85764 Oberschleißheim

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