The Center for Systems Biology Dresden caters to a global community in the area of its research mission. We wish to be a place where colleagues and students from around the world meet and develop a supportive international network. Therefore, the CSBD continuously offers funded opportunities for visitors and guests at all levels.

Predoctoral Guests:

Early stage researchers who completed their university studies, but have not yet taken up a PhD student position may approach CSBD group leaders for joining them within the IMPRS-CellDevoSys Predoctoral Guest scheme.
The Predoctoral Guest scheme enables university graduates to get to know our research and to find a suitable hosting group, while bridging to the next recruitment round of our PhD Program. Therefore, Predoctoral Guests must fulfill the requirements set by the IMPRS-CellDevoSys for admission. This in particular includes a completed Masters (or equivalent) degree in one of the disciplines the CSBD is active in. Predoctoral Guests are supported by fellowships, as the program is somewhat reminiscent of the “rotations” in US PhD programs.
The IMPRS-CellDevoSys considers applications exclusively upon nomination of candidates by the hosting research group leader.

Postdoctoral Guests:

Two programs are available for postdoctoral researchers to join the CSBD for a duration of two to three years:

·      Visitors Program of the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems (MPI-PKS)
·      ELBE Postdoctoral Fellows Program of the CSBD

The visitors program of the MPI-PKS focuses on research in physics, theoretical physics, and biophysics as related to the mission of the MPI-PKS.
The ELBE Postdoctoral Fellows Program is run by the CSBD and focuses on research in systems biology, computer science, bioinformatics, and biophysics.
Applications to both programs are exclusively accepted online through the links provided above. Both programs are intended for distinguished and independent postdoctoral researches who intend to apply for faculty positions next. The career development and mentoring support provided by both programs is a springboard to starting an own research group.

Visiting Faculty:

With the ELBE Visiting Faculty Program, the CSBD also runs a guest/sabbaticals program. Junior and Senior Faculty working in the area of the Center’s mission can join us for a duration of their choice. During their stay at CSBD, visiting faculty closely interact with the research groups at the CSBD and the two Max Planck Institutes. If desired, they may also contribute to teaching. Interested scientists are encouraged to contact a potential hosting research group leader or submit their application to the CSBD coordinator Lucie Weigelt. Applications should at least include a CV, publication list, and a letter of motivation detailing the connection to CSBD and the work intended to be done during the visit, as well as details of the requested financial support. Financial support is provided upon agreement and by request of the visitor. Decisions about ELBE visiting faculty are taken by the Center’s scientific committee.

Alumni (ELBE Visiting Faculty Program)

Name Period Institute
Paul Villoutreix 2023 Turing Centre for Living Systems (CENTURI)
Leonor Saiz 2022 University of California, Davis
Daniel Colón-Ramos   Yale University, United States
Rudolf Oldenbourg 2020 University of Chicago
Mark Warner 2019 University of Cambridge
Anastasia Shatilovich 2019 Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Physico-Chemical and Biological Problems in Soil Science
Christian Müller 2018 Flatiron Institute
Johannes Jäger 2017/2018 Complexity Science Hub Vienna
Kyle Harrington 2017 University of Idaho