Jobs Open positions in our lab

We are always seeking highly motivated new members for our research team!

Researchers from all disciplines with a recently completed PhD or who are about to finish their PhD are welcome to apply. Candidates are expected to have a published record of achievements that would enable them to succesfully apply for postdoctoral fellowships and should send a CV, letters of recommendation, and a short outline of their research interests to

1.) We are looking for a PhD student or postdoctoral researcher in bioinformatics / computational biology

Deciphering the role of DNA methylation in adult neurogenesis with single-cell multi-omics

We are seeking a PhD student in bioinformatics/computational biology with an interest in neurobiology and stem cell biology. One of the research interests of the Martin-Villalba lab is adult neurogenesis, which we study with the aim of understanding its potential for regenerative therapy. To investigate this process, we employ and develop cutting-edge single-cell omics techniques, including a novel method called scNMT-seq that simultaneously quantifies gene expression, DNA methylation, and chromatin accessibility from each cell. We recently used this method to identify a unique DNA methylation profile in adult neural stem cells (see our pre-print) and now aim to test our hypothesis that this profile underlies their stem cell properties.

The ideal candidate should have a background in a quantitative discipline (e.g. bioinformatics, mathematics, physics) and a degree in a relevant field. Previous experience working with omics or single-cell data is preferred but not strictly required. Fluency in written and spoken English, interdisciplinary communication skills, and a passion for science are essential. Familiarity with the command line on Linux or Mac is also desirable.

We offer a stimulating research environment in Heidelberg, secure funding, and opportunities to collaborate with other scientists. As a PhD candidate, you will work closely with molecular biologists to design experiments, analyze the generated data, and interpret and present the results. Single-cell epigenetics data is still relatively uncommon and underutilized, which also presents a unique opportunity for the successful PhD candidate to develop new computational methods and make significant contributions to this emerging field. This project is an exciting chance to contribute to cutting-edge research at the intersection of bioinformatics, epigenetics and neurobiology.

To apply, please send a CV, letter of recommendation, a short outline of your research interests, and optionally a work sample (e.g. a technical report on a project or a link to a GitHub repo).

This position is offered in collaboration with the Project Group of Prof. Simon Anders at the BioQuant Centre of the University of Heidelberg. The Anders group develops bioinformatics methods for exploration of and inference on omics data.

Contact Information:
Prof. Ana Martin-Villalba
Interested PhD candidates can send their application to Additionally, you can apply to our lab through the DKFZ International PhD program. In addition to advertised PhD studentships, the German Cancer Research Center houses an international PhD Program with 36 fellowships granted annually. This PhD Program provides interdisciplinary training and research opportunities for University Graduates who wish to work towards a PhD in the field of Biology and Cancer Research. If you wish to apply, see for further information.