Postdoc Position Gene Drive Risk Assessment

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Plön


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Postdoc Position Gene Drive Risk Assessment

Job offer from December 04, 2018

One postdoctoral position (duration of 1 year) is available in the Gokhale lab at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Plön, Germany as a part of the project funded by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (Bundesamt für Naturschutz). The project aims to assess the risks posed by the various gene drive systems if they are to be for released in the European Union. The aim is to assess risks of existing theoretical and experimental drive systems in terms of spread, resistance evolution and ethical concerns.

Using gene drive mechanisms, desired genes can be increased in frequency in a target population with an aim of population transformation, suppression or even eradication. It typically involves the distortion of Mendelian inheritance and is thus a property of sexually reproducing populations,. This raises question about the risk of spread of such constructs, then penetrance and ecological effects. Legal and ethical concerns will also be a major point in policy making.

We are seeking a highly motivated candidate with expertise in theoretical models of population genetics, dynamics and ecological modeling. A prior experience in gene drive systems modeling is not required but would be an asset. The project will be developed in close collaboration with BOKU (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences) in Vienna, Austria.

The program is structured and the output is publication based as the goal is to provide the BfN with actionable content in terms of policy making.

Salary and benefits are according to the German public service pay scale (TVöD Bund) and are commensurate with training and experience. The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in areas where they are underrepresented, and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more handicapped individuals and especially encourages them to apply.

Consideration of applications will begin in February 2019. The projected start date is in early-mid 2019. Any informal enquires should be directed to Dr. Chaitanya S. Gokhale or to Dr. R. Guy Reeves ( Complete applications should include:

  • a statement of research interests and why you have applied for this position,
  • your CV, and
  • three reference contacts

in a single PDF document.

Deadline: 31 January 2019


Dr. Chaitanya S. Gokhale
Research Group Leader
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology
24306 Plön


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