ELBE Postdoc Program

Fully funded fellowships for distinguished independent postdoctoral researchers to join the Center for Systems Biology Dresden (CSBD) for a duration of 1 to 3 years. 

The ELBE Postdoc Program provides an ideal springboard to an independent research career in systems biology, 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. Each ELBE Fellow chooses two research groups from different disciplines to be affiliated with, of which at least one must be a CSBD member group.

What we Provide

The CSBD provides an international research environment with a strong commitment to cross-disciplinary work and career development. ELBE Postdocs 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) as well as from 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. ELBE postdocs may freely choose the research groups to be affiliated with.

What we Seek

The ELBE Postdoc Program seeks outstanding external candidates that bring new ideas, concepts, or systems to the Center. We focus on candidates with backgrounds in Cell or Developmental Biology, Computational Biology or Bioinformatics, Theoretical Physics, Biophysics, Bioimage Informatics, Computational Science, Applied Mathematics, Engineering, or Computer Science with a strong interest in working in a cross-disciplinary life-science environment.

How to Apply

Selection of ELBE Fellows is highly competitive and follows a two-stage procedure with two cycles a year. Applications are exclusively accepted through the online web-based 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 are invited to on-site interviews with travel costs covered by the CSBD. The on-site interview consists of a public scientific talk and a confidential meeting with the selection committee.

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

Current ELBE Postdocs

Name Research Groups Email
Tobias Boothe Jochen Rink / Gene Myers boothe@mpi-cbg.de
Benjamin Dalton Ivo Sbalzarini / Jan Brugues dalton@mpi-cbg.de
Anatol Fritsch Tony Hyman / Moritz Kreysing Fritsch@mpi-cbg.de
Lennart Hilbert Nadine Vastenhouw / Vasily Zaburdaev hilbert@mpi-cbg.de
Keisuke Ishihara Elly Tanaka / Jan Brugues / Frank Jülicher ishihara@mpi-cbg.de
Louise Marie Jawerth Anthony Hyman / Frank Jülicher jawerth@mpi-cbg.de
Vojtech Kaiser Dora Tang / Ivo Sbalzarini vkaiser@mpi-cbg.de


Name Previous Research Groups Period Current Position
Venkatesan K. Iyer Suzanne Eaton / Frank Jülicher 2013-2016 Postdoc in Eaton Group
Izaak Neri Marino Zerial / Frank Jülicher 2013-2016 Postdoc in Jülicher Group
Dagmar Kainmüller Gene Myers 2013-2016 HHMI Janelia
Stefan Muenster Pavel Tomancak / Stephan Grill 2013-2016 Postdoc in Grill Group
Alejandro Vignoni Sbalzarini / Knust 2015-2017 Associate Professor at Universitat Politècnica de València