PhD position in Chemical Biology of the Genome (m /f /d)

The Max-Planck Institute for Molecular Physiology in Dortmund is offering an exciting opportunity for a PhD student to join the Becker Group as part of an interdisciplinary team of chemists and biochemists to investigate the principles of molecular evolution.

Molecular evolution is not only responsible for the emergence of life but also for the development of higher organisms. Evolution is a powerful tool that continuously provides innovative solutions to adapt to environmental changes. However, it is also responsible for many problems. The rise of antibiotic resistance and diseases such as cancer are the direct consequence of molecular evolution. The Becker group aims to better understand and utilise the fundamental principles of evolution to provide innovative molecular tools for both diagnostic and therapeutic applications. In line with the group’s scientific goals, the successful candidate will work on a multidisciplinary project to chemically synthesise and incorporate unnatural base pairs into DNA and RNA. The expansion of the genetic alphabet may lead us to understand why natural genetic systems have selected the four building blocks, adenine (A), guanine (G), cytosine (C) and thymine (T), during evolution.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, highly motivated and creative team player with an organic chemistry background to join our team. Ideally, the candidate has experience with nucleic acid chemistry and is fluent in English. Although, the starting date is flexible we aim for January or February 2022.

The candidate will be part of the International Max-Planck Research School for Living Matter ( that provides an amazing environment for young, talented and ambitious scientists to start an academic career in the field of life sciences.

Financial compensation will be carried out according to the guidelines of the Max Planck Society for PhD students.

The Max-Planck-Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individual.

The Max-Planck-Society strives for gender equality and diversity within its workforce.

Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Applications should be sent to Dr. Sidney Becker, email: in digital form (e.g. as PDF). In your application include a motivation letter, recent CV, copies of your transcripts of the BSc and MSc studies, and two names of reference. Please submit all documents in a single application until December 3, 2021.

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