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 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.


What we Provide

The CSBD provides an international research environment with a strong commitment to multi-disciplinary work and career development. 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) 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.


What we Seek

The ELBE Postdoctoral Fellows Program seeks outstanding external candidates that bring new ideas, concepts, or systems to the Center.

Elbe Postdoctoral Fellows pursue an interdisciplinary research project in collaboration with members of the CSBD. ELBE Fellows 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. The CSBD is an office environment, but fellows can perform experiments in the labs of an experimental collaborator when a project requires it.

We focus on candidates with backgrounds in 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. In some exceptional cases, ELBE Fellows are 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 in Dresden 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.


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.


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
Stephan Baumgärtner Christoph Zechner / Dora Tang baumgaer@mpi-cbg.de
Szabolcs Horvát Carl Modes horvat@mpi-cbg.de
Vojtech Kaiser Dora Tang / Ivo Sbalzarini vkaiser@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 Alf Honigmann anarayan@mpi-cbg.de
Quentin Vagne Marino Zerial / Ivo Sbalzarini / Frank Jülicher vagne@mpi-cbg.de
Tina Wiegand Tony Hyman / Stephan Grill wiegand@mpi-cbg.de


Name Previous Research Groups Period  
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  
Stefan Muenster Pavel Tomancak / Stephan Grill 2013-2016  
Izaak Neri Marino Zerial / Frank Jülicher 2013-2016  
Alejandro Vignoni Sbalzarini / Knust 2015-2017