M a x P l a n c k I n s t i t u t e f o r D e v e l o p m e n t a l B i o l o g y • T ü b i n g e n • G e r m a n y
Help us change the face of genomics!
We are looking for motivated team players to join our group at the Max Planck Institute, one
of the world's most successful organizations in basic research. We are studying a range of
biological questions, many revolving around plant and microbial genomes. The expertise of
your future colleagues ranges from algorithm development and computational genomics to
wet lab biology and field experiments, generating a highly interactive and interdisciplinary
work environment. Many of our projects take advantage of the advanced in-house
sequencing center providing direct and early-stage access to the latest long read
technologies (Pacific Biosciences Sequel, Oxford Nanopore MinION) as well as more
established Illumina short read platforms. We use these to assemble hundreds of genomes
and complex genome mixtures, and genotype thousands of individuals. Of course, we use
these technologies also for functional studies of, for example, epigenetic landscapes and
gene expression profiles. Read more on our website at http://weigelworld.org.
Join us as a Computational Biologist
You think the era of draft genomes should
come to an end? That populations can't be
represented with just a single reference
genome? That functional data are as
important as recording genetic variation?
Then join us to generate new golden
standard resources for entire genera
(Arabidopsis, Capsella), tackle complex
genomes (grapevine, hops), or assemble
metagenomes with the latest mix of
sequencing technologies. Or integrate
functional data to understand the green
immune system or allele-specific
Join us as (Bio)informatician
You think graph-based methods are best
for comparative genomics? That
metagenome assemblers should deal
effortlessly with uneven sequence
coverage and both short and long reads?
Then join our development team, design
your own (metagenome) long read
assembler to facilitate the understanding
of ecologically important microbial
communities. Help us to produce methods
that can deal with thousands of reference
genomes and advance our comparative
efforts with the latest graph-based
What's our (and soon your) mission?
The long-term goal of our research is to understand both the molecular mechanisms and the
evolution of adaptive traits. To this end, we are using both phenotype-first and genotype-
first approaches to identify genetic variants with a potential role in local, regional or global
adaptation. Additionally, we aim to develop tools and community resources, such as the 1001
Arabidopsis thaliana Genomes (http://1001genomes.org) project, that help other researchers
world wide to answer important evolutionary questions.
There are exciting opportunities to perform cutting-edge work in our department right now.
So if you want to be part of our team as PhD student or Postdoc, send us a letter that
outlines which research topics you are particularly interested in, and why your qualifications
make you a good fit for us.
Detlef Weigel <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Director, MPI for Developmental Biology