Postdoctoral Researcher on Sociogenomics and Child Development (m/f/d) | Max Planck Research Group Biosocial

Job Code: 41/2022

Job Offer from December 15, 2022

The Max Planck Research Group Biosocial at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin seeks applicants for 1 Postdoctoral Researcher on Sociogenomics and Child Development (m/f/d) (E 13 TVöD 100%)

The Position

The Max Planck Research Group Biosocial (Biology, Social Disparities, and Development) takes an interdisciplinary approach to studying the effects of social inequality on child and adolescent development at multiple biological and psychological levels led by principal investigator Dr. Laurel Raffington. Biosocial research provides an important avenue of inquiry for understanding how the social environment intersects with biological processes to shape differential outcomes of education, health, and well-being across the lifespan. The successful candidate will work with novel omics methods (e.g., polygenic indices, DNA-methylation algorithms) to examine the effects of socioeconomic inequality on children’s physical and psychological health and well-being.

Your Profile

Applicants should have a strong interest to investigate the effects of social inequality, including socioeconomic social disparities, on human development in an interdisciplinary research group. Applicants must hold a PhD (or be close to completion) in psychology, genomics, bioinformatics, social science, biology or similar. Experience in the following areas is an advantage, but we do not expect you to meet them all:

  • Developmental psychology
  • Multivariate, longitudinal and/or meta-analytic data analysis
  • Human genetics and genomics
  • Epigenetics
  • Structural equation modeling
  • Experience working with multiple cohort studies
  • R or Stata programming
  • Science communication

Our Offer

This 2-year position is available from May 1, 2023 onwards, but later start dates are possible. 1-year extensions are also possible, contingent on availa-bility of funds. The Max Planck Institute for Human Development ( offers an excellent research infrastructure, including support staff and equipment. It provides an international research environment, with English as the working language. The research group fosters a collaborative and inclusive work environment both within the group and in international collaborations.

Your Application

The Max Planck Society strives for gender and diversity equality. We welcome applications from all backgrounds. 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.

Applicants should submit 1) a cover letter describing research interests and their alignment to our group’s goals, research experience (including data analytic skills), 2) curriculum vitae without a photo, including 2 referees we may contact, 3) transcripts, and 4) a writing sample (e.g., abstract of planned research or first-author publication or abstract of PhD thesis). We kindly ask you to submit your application as a single-file pdf to: 

Review of applications will begin on January 31, 2023, and continue until the position is filled.

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