Postdoc Position

The Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research in Bad Nauheim nearby Frankfurt (Germany), Department of Cardicac Development and Remodelling (Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Braun) invites applications for a full-time


Postdoc Position
(limited until 31st December 2022 - with the possibility of extension)

Reference Number 2020_17


to work on “Novel strategies for therapeutic programming and delivery of mesenchymal stem cells to improve the outcome of influenza virus-induced lung injury”.



Bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem/stromal cells (MSC) have promising therapeutic potential in different forms of acute lung injury (ALI), and are now in first clinical studies. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying their injury- or pathogen-related beneficial effects within defined niches of the affected lung are poorly understood. In the current project, which is part of a larger DFG-sponsored research consortium, we want to understand the heterogeneity of MSC, identify and functionally characterize transcriptional changes induced in MSC by influenza virus infections, study the interaction of MSCs with the immune system and develop new strategies to improve regeneration of virus-injured lungs by MSC. The project relies heavily on the use of NGS techniques (including single cell sequencing), generation and analysis of transgenic mice, fluorescence activated cell sorting and molecular biology. Extensive experience in common molecular cloning techniques and primary cell culture is mandatory. Applications from researchers with different skills might be considered but candidates need to have the necessary background to quickly master advanced molecular and cellular techniques.


The Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research in Bad Nauheim is an interdisciplinary research institution with international staff. Our researchers have the opportunity to work on various model systems by making use of the latest cutting-edge technologies. The Max Planck Society is committed to increase the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, The Max Planck Society strives for gender and diversity equality. We welcome applications from all backgrounds.



Applicants are requested to send a statement of interest, a full CV incl. certificates as well as names and addresses of at least two references preferred via our applicant portal:

The deadline for applications is 30th September 2020.



Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research

Department of Lung Development and Remodeling

Parkstr. 1, 61231 Bad Nauheim, Germany

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