ELBE Postdoctoral Fellows Program

Fully funded fellowships for distinguished independent postdoctoral researchers to join the Center for Systems Biology Dresden (CSBD) for a duration of 2 to 3 years. 

The ELBE Postdoctoral Fellows Program addresses independent researchers on the postdoctoral level, who come with their own research proposal and freely choose which groups to affiliate with. The program provides an ideal springboard to an independent research career in systems biology, theoretical biophysics, computational biology, and related areas. ELBE Postdoctoral Fellows conduct curiosity-driven research at the Center and are provided with competitive personal financial support, access to research infrastructure, and support for research expenditure and travel.


What we Provide

The CSBD provides fully funded, 2-3 year positions in an international and cross-disciplinary research environment. ELBE Postdoctoral Fellows benefit from close collaborations with scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG), the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems (MPI-PKS), and the Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden), and a stimulating and inspiring atmopshere.

Fellows have full access to state-of-the-art research facilities and infrastructure on the campus. These are in particular the service and facilities of the MPI-CBG, which are located next door to the CSBD. They are given freedom, mentoring, and support to develop their own research questions.

Dresden is a vivid and international scientific city, with a large number of research institutions that collaborate under the DRESDEN-concept umbrella. Its position as an outstanding location for research and science is recognized world-wide. Since 2012, the TU Dresden is one of eleven Excellence Universities in Germany.


What we Seek

The ELBE program seeks outstanding external candidates who are passionate about bringing new ideas, concepts, or systems to the Center. ELBE postdoctoral fellows pursue an interdisciplinary research project in collaboration with members of the CSBD. They are encouraged to develop and use theoretical or computational approaches to study biological systems in close collaboration with experimental groups at the MPI-CBG and the TU Dresden.

Ideal candidates should have backgrounds in physics, computer science, mathematics or a related discipline, with a strong interest in working in a cross-disciplinary life-science environment. In some exceptional cases, ELBE fellows can be analytically-minded experimentalists in the field of cell or developmental biology, who work between a lab and a CSBD research group.

ELBE Postdoctoral Fellows have the opportunity to collaborate with more than one research group to bridge between disciplines. Successful candidates are expected to identify a collaborative project and the host groups to work with within three months after arrival. An interim mentor will support this process. When host groups and research projects are identified, mentorship can be changed or adjusted to facilitate collaborations.


How to Apply

Selection of ELBE Fellows is based on scientific merit with two application cycles per year. Applications are exclusively accepted through the online application system. We do not accept applications by e-mail or direct contact of a group leader. In the first selection stage, candidates are judged on their track record and a research proposal describing the work they intend to do while at the CSBD. Short-listed candidates should be prepared to join a selection symposium held on 10 November, 2020, either virtually or in Dresden, depending on the global Covid-19 situation. The interview consists of a public scientific talk and a confidential meeting with the selection committee. Deadline for applications is 25 September, 2020.

More information, as well as the link to the online application system, can be found here.

The Center for Systems Biology, the MPI-CBG and the MPI-PKS aim to increase the number of women in scientific positions, therefore female applicants are particularly welcome. Read about our efforts to balance family and career.

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer. Disabled individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.


If you have any questions about the ELBE program or application process, don't hesitate to get in touch with our office:

ELBE Program Office


phone: +49-(0)351-871-1934

Current ELBE Postdoctoral Fellows

Name Mentor(s) Email
Yiteng Dang Steffen Rulands dang@mpi-cbg.de
Szabolcs Horvát Carl Modes horvat@mpi-cbg.de
Alexander Krull Florian Jug krull@mpi-cbg.de
Patrick McCall Jan Brugues / Tony Hyman mccall@mpi-cbg.de
Pranay Mandal Marino Zerial / Stephan Grill mandal@mpi-cbg.de
Arjun Narayanan Stephan Grill anarayan@mpi-cbg.de
Allyson Ryan Florian Jug / Carl Modes ryan@mpi-cbg.de
Tina Wiegand Tony Hyman / Stephan Grill wiegand@mpi-cbg.de


Name Previous Research Groups Period  
Stephan Baumgärtner Christoph Zechner / Dora Tang 2017-2020  
Tobias Boothe Jochen Rink / Gene Myers 2015-2018  
Benjamin Dalton Ivo Sbalzarini / Jan Brugues 2015-2018  
Anatol Fritsch Tony Hyman / Moritz Kreysing 2016-2019  
Lennart Hilbert Nadine Vastenhouw / Vasily Zaburdaev 2014-2017  
Keisuke Ishihara Elly Tanaka / Jan Brugues / Frank Jülicher 2016-2019  
Venkatesan K. Iyer Suzanne Eaton / Frank Jülicher 2013-2016  
Louise Jawerth Tony Hyman / Frank Jülicher 2013-2018  
Dagmar Kainmüller Gene Myers 2013-2016  
Vojtech Kaiser Dora Tang / Ivo Sbalzarini 2016-2019  
Stefan Muenster Pavel Tomancak / Stephan Grill 2013-2016  
Izaak Neri Marino Zerial / Frank Jülicher 2013-2016  
Quentin Vagne Marino Zerial / Ivo Sbalzarini / Frank Jülicher 2017-2020  
Alejandro Vignoni Ivo Sbalzarini / Elisabeth Knust 2015-2017