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    Opportunity: PhD student (m/f/d) in the field of biology, bioinformatics, biochemistry or comparable @ Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing -- Berlin-Steglitz, Germany
    Submitted by Human Resources; posted on Monday, March 04, 2024


    To strengthen our team in the division "Molecular and Applied Entomology" in Berlin-Steglitz, starting 01.05.2024, we are looking for a

    PhD student (m/f/d) in the field of biology, bioinformatics, biochemistry or comparable

    Salary group 13 TVöD
    Temporary contract for 36 months
    The working time is 65%

    The Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM) is a materials research organization in Germany. Our mission is to ensure safety in technology and chemistry. We perform research and testing in materials science, materials engineering and chemistry to improve the safety of products and processes. At BAM we do research that matters. Our work covers a broad array of topics in the focus areas of energy, infrastructure, environment, materials, and analytical sciences.

    We are looking for talented people to join us.


    Your responsibilities include:

    Working on the DFG-funded project "The evolution of symbiont, pathogen and immune system interactions in Blattodea", which has the overarching goal of exploring how symbiont transitions have shaped pathogen defenses and immune systems in Blattodea. The project will involve:
    • Identification and testing of immune genes involved in the regulation of symbionts and exploration of how they have evolved
    • Tissue-specific transcriptomics in conjunction with microbiota and symbiont manipulation experiments
    • Insect field sampling
    • Use of available high-quality genomes to characterize immune genes and to better understand evolutionary changes between hosts and their symbionts
    • Collaboration with project partners to quantitatively analyze genome, microbiota and pathogen data
    • Active contribution to the DFG research group "Insect Infect (FOR 5026)"
    • Writing scientific articles for publication in peer-reviewed journals
    • Writing a doctoral thesis
    • Presentation of project results at international scientific conferences


    Your qualifications:
    • Successfully completed scientific university degree (master's degree or equivalent) in the field of biology, bioinformatics, biochemistry or comparable
    • Practical experience with insects and microbes
    • Very good knowledge and experience in molecular biology
    • In-depth knowledge of evolutionary biology and genetics
    • Experience in the quantitative and statistical analysis of data with Python, R, or similar
    • Knowledge of computer-based analysis of large data sets, especially nucleotide sequences
    • Willingness to collaborate across disciplines
    • Excellent written and spoken English skills
    • Good communication and information processing, goal-oriented and structured way of working, ability to work in a team and willingness to cooperate


    We offer:
    • Interdisciplinary research at the interface of politics, economics and society
    • Work in national and international networks with universities, research institutes and industrial companies
    • Outstanding facilities and infrastructure
    • Flexible working hours and mobile working


    Your application:

    We welcome applications via the online application form ( by 20.03.2024. Alternatively, you can also send your application by post, quoting the reference number 39/24-4.6 to:

    Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung
    Referat Z.3 - Personal
    Unter den Eichen 87
    12205 Berlin

    Dr. McMahon will be glad to answer any specific questions you may have. Please get in touch via the telephone number +49 30 8104‑3837 and/or by email to dino-peter.mcmahon[at]


    BAM promotes professional equality between women and men. We therefore particularly welcome applications from women. At the same time, we strive to reflect social diversity. Every application is therefore welcome, regardless of gender, cultural or social background, religion, ideology or sexual identity.

    In addition, BAM has set itself the goal of promoting the professional participation of people with severe disabilities. The fulfillment of the job requirements is considered on an individual basis. Severely disabled persons or persons of equal status will be given preferential consideration if they are equally qualified.

    The advertised position requires a high level of physical aptitude.

    BAM actively supports the compatibility of work and family and has been certified as a family- and life-phase-conscious employer by the "audit berufundfamilie" since 2015.

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