Independent Group Leader Position in Neuroscience (m/f/d)

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Berlin (DE)
up to the Salary group 15
Feb 04, 2021
Mar 06, 2021
Research Area
Sensory Systems
Position Type
Senior Level

The Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC) is a leading international biomedical research center with the goal of elucidating the molecular mechanisms of health and disease in order to create the basis for new therapies and diagnostic procedures. The MDC is a member of the largest scientific organization in Germany - the Helmholtz Association - and offers a stimulating and interactive research environment with the most modern infrastructure. Currently, 1,250 employees and approximately 500 guests work at the locations in Berlin-Buch and Berlin-Mitte. The diversity of our workforce is a strength and promotes creativity and innovative spirit at the MDC.

The MDC hosts more than 20 research groups doing innovative work in the neurosciences. MDC researchers profit from state-of-the-art infrastructure including modern “omics”, high-performance computing, and imaging facilities and benefit from a highly collaborative and vibrant scientific environment within the MDC and with its partner institutions in the Berlin region. The MDC also recently opened a state of the art preclinical research centre which provides access to multiple phenotyping platforms. The MDC is committed to translating scientific knowledge into improvements in clinical practice and has expanded its translational research activities as a privileged partner of the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH ) and the Charité university hospital.
We are seeking applications from outstanding postdoctoral researchers (m/f/d) with a Ph.D. in neuroscience.

Job Description

The future group leader will be expected to conduct innovate research addressing fundamental questions in the understanding of neural circuits. Applicants should have earned their doctorate two to six years ago (not including parental leave), and are expected to conduct visionary independent research, obtain extramural funding and engage in collaborative projects with groups at the MDC and Berlin universities.

Your Profile

The most promising candidate will be invited to apply for a Helmholtz Young Investigator Group. The respective call of the Helmholtz Association has been published on January 13th, 2021, see link below. Applicants should therefore be prepared to fulfil the application criteria for a Helmholtz young investigator award (

We offer

  • International working environment with communication in English and German
  • Interesting career opportunities and a comprehensive range of qualification and further training opportunities
  • Compatibility of family and career certified by the berufundfamilie audit
  • Varied support for "New Berliners" (Welcome & Family Office)
  • Company health management with fitness center

You also benefit from:

  • A remuneration in accordance with the collective agreement for the federal public service (TVöD-Bund), including additional company pension schemes
  • Flexible working hours and childcare support
  • An idyllic green campus, which is easily accessible by bicycle, public transport or car

Job Type: 
professor or independent group leader

Lewin LabPoulet Lab

Application Period: 
February 26, 2021

MDC Berlin-Buch

Remuneration will be according to the TVöD Bund, depending on the personal requirements, up to the fee group 15.

Employment volume: 
Full Time

Desired starting date: 
April 01, 2021

Fixed Term
The offered independent group leader position includes substantial funding for five years with an option for extension or tenure upon evaluation.

Cornelia Maurer
Wiss. Direktorat

Parity and equal status: The MDC is committed to diversity and actively promotes equal opportunities for all employees regardless of their origin, religion, ideology, health impairment, age or sexual identity. We look forward to receiving applications from open-minded people who enjoy working in diverse teams. Applications from severely disabled persons will be given special consideration.

Application: Applications should be submitted to the web-based application portal ( by February 26, 2021 indicating the registration number 479 and include a curriculum vitae, list of publications, list of three referees, and an outline of present and future research plans. Please submit your application as one file, pdf format, maximum size 8 MB.

For enquiries about the position please contact Gary Lewin ( or Cornelia Maurer (

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