Open Positions

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General remarks

Currently 280 people scientist, students, technical staff and administrative staff work at the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology.

The mission of the institute is to understand how microorganisms function at the molecular, cellular, and community levels. In particular, we aim to elucidate the mechanisms underlying the metabolic diversity of microorganisms, their ability to adapt and differentiate in response to changes in the environment, the mechanisms involved in cell cycle regulation and cell polarity as well as the biogeochemical processes involved in the exchange of climatically relevant trace gases. These analyses include all levels of microbial functions from the atomic/structural level, the molecular and cellular levels, and biochemistry/physiology to the microbial community level and plant–microbe interactions.

In addition to the open positions advertised below, the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology encourages unsolicited applications from students, graduate students, and postdocs interested in particular areas of research of the institute. These applicants should contact the relevant director or group leader directly.

Open call for PhD positions
The International Max Planck Research School for Environmental, Cellular, and Molecular Microbiology in Marburg/Germany (IMPRS-Mic) offers fellowships for a three-year structured PhD program. Deadline for application: January 31, 2015 for students requiring a visa to come to Germany and March 1, 2015 for students who don't require a visa. For details see International PhD Program in Microbiology (PDF) or the website of (IMPRS-Mic)