At the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, one of the 84 institutes of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science, physicists, chemists and biologists create knowledge of long-term relevance to life and basic medical sciences. Currently, our around 270 employees are divided into four departments and one Max Planck Research Group. In addition, the institute is part of the Health + Life Science Alliance Heidelberg Mannheim – an association of the leading life science research institutions in the region.

Your tasks

The project aims to exploit a conceptually new approach to develop therapeutic antibodies targeting high-value drug targets like G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) or ion channels. It centers on creating and validating cellular assays for functional screenings of antibody candidates, including establishing systems for higher throughput antibody production. Additional projects may involve further antibody characterization, including binding kinetics (ELISA, Flow Cytometry, BLI), thermostability (DSF), aggregation propensity (SEC) or hydrophobicity (HIC). This multidisciplinary project combines modern chemical biology, molecular biological approaches, biochemical techniques and cell culture work.

Your qualifications

The ideal candidate should be deeply motivated to engage in cutting-edge research with significant translational potential and must thrive in a truly multidisciplinary environment. Prior experience with relevant techniques such as molecular biology, mammalian cell culture, and biochemical techniques are a prerequisite. The candidate should hold or anticipate completing a PhD in Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Biology, Chemistry, Immunology or a related field. Demonstrated willingness to tackle and master new challenges, confidence, ability to work both independently and within a team, meticulous attention to detail, and strong critical thinking skills are essential for success. The working language of the project group is English.

Our offer

The Department of Chemical Biology is focused on developing approaches to observe and manipulate biological activities in live cells and in vivo. A list of recent publications can be found here.

  • interesting, diversified tasks with self-responsibility
  • flexible working hours
  • highly-motivated team
  • internationally oriented institute with a very good working environment

The payment is based on the TVöD guidelines. Positions are limited to two years with a possibility of extension.

Your application

We look forward to receiving your application, including letter of motivation, CV and transcripts via the Portal in electronic format no later than April 30th, 2024 Please note applications received via E-mail are not able to be considered, we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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 strives for gender and diversity equality. We welcome applications from all backgrounds. 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. A daycare center for children is located near the institute.


For further information, please contact Dr. Konstantin Hinnah (
For general questions, please contact Ms. Sabrina Giacalone ( from human resources.

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