Open Positions

Job offer (PhD student, m/f), immediate start ( 23.18)

The Mutschler Biomimetic Systems group is searching for enthusiastic early-career scientists (m/f) to join interdisciplinary projects studying the Origin of Life. The positions are part of the Collaborative Research Center "Emergence of Life - exploring mechanisms with cross-disciplinary experiments" (

Available projects include:

  1. Probing stability, formation and catalysis of nucleic acids in simulated prebiotic environments.
  2. Emergence of functional RNA motifs by non-Darwinian processes.
  3. Environmentally driven proliferation of RNA protocells.

The successful applicant will receive an appointment with a competitive salary (TVöD E13, 50% + bonus - public tariff scale) and benefit from opportunities for additional training and attendance of international conferences. The position is fully funded for three years (extendable to four).

Your profile & application

Applicants should hold a Master's degree or a similar qualification in a field of life sciences. Previous experience of nucleic acid chemistry or next generation sequencing (NGS) is a benefit, but not required. To apply, please send a cover letter, academic CV and the contact details of two references to Hannes Mutschler (

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

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