Postdoctoral position (m/f) in Adaptive Control of Evolving Populations

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen

Complex Systems


Type of Job


Postdoctoral position - Adaptive Control of Evolving Populations

Job offer from January 12, 2018

The Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen, Germany, is an international research institute. It performs both experimental and theoretical fundamental scientific research and currently employs about 280 people.

For the newly established independent research group of Dr. Armita Nourmohammad we seek to fill a Postdoctoral position in Adaptive Control of Evolving Populations. We are looking for excellent, highly motivated postdoctoral researchers to join this research group.

Our research

Adaptive immunity in vertebrates develops during the life-time of an organism by processes of mutation and selection, common to Darwinian evolution. Chronic pathogens, such as HIV, are able to evolve as quickly as our immune response, resulting in a co-evolutionary arms race between HIV and the immune system. Currently, the goal of HIV vaccine research is to stimulate naturally occurring broadly neutralizing antibodies, in order to confine the evolution of the virus.

However, we lack an understanding of the selective forces shaping the immune response to HIV. In this project, we will construct predictive fitness models for the immune response against evolving pathogens. We will develop a theory of adaptive control for rapidly coevolving populations and design optimal therapeutic approaches to drive the adaptive immune system to elicit potent broadly neutralizing antibodies. In a broader context, this research will shed light on the space and the dynamics of the immune strategies that are evolved to counter a highly diverse set of pathogens.

Your profile

The Postdoctoral candidate should hold a PhD degree with a background in statistical / theoretical physics, applied mathematics, mathematical biology, population genetics, or a related field, and preferably (but not required) familiarity with genomic data analysis. Fluency in English is a requirement.

Our offer

The Postdoctoral position is offered through the recently funded Collaborative Research Centre, CRC 1310 (Predictability in Evolution) of the German Research Foundation (DFG). It is limited to two years with the possibility of extension. Earliest starting date is March 1, 2018. Salary is in accordance with the German state public service salary scale (pay level E13 TVöD-Bund) and the accordant social benefits.

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 seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Your Application

Please apply on our application portal with the reference no. MPIDS-W012 and submit your CV, publication list, a brief statement of research interests and contacts of at least two referees. Your statement of interests should briefly describe your past and current research interests and why you are interested in joining our group. The deadline for applications is February 15, 2018. Applications received after this deadline can be considered until the position is filled.

MPI for Dynamics and Self-Organization
Dr. Armita Nourmohammad
Am Faßberg 17
37077 Göttingen

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