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Masters projects

The group offers a number of projects appropriate for a Masters thesis. If interested in finding out what theoretical biology is about… Get in touch

PhD projects

Use it or lose it: what determines the regulation mode of a given gene?

Massey University - Auckland Campus School of Natural and Computational Sciences

Please submit your application (or inquiry) via email to the main supervisor of this project: A/Prof. Xue-Xian Zhang (


Two postdoc positions in Theoretical Biology

The Theoretical Biology group at the Center for Computational and Theoretical Biology at the University of Würzburg, Germany, is excited to announce two Postdoc positions. We are looking for independent, communicative postdoctoral researchers to join our dynamic team in theoretical biology. Our Center is committed to fostering interdisciplinary collaborative research, and we are seeking candidates with a strong record of originality and the ability to generate innovative project ideas.

Maximum Duration: Four-year appointment

Primary responsibilities: Research and Mentoring

Career Development: We are dedicated to supporting candidates interested in writing grants and applications to establish their research groups. The long duration of the positions presents an exceptional opportunity for motivated researchers to develop their research programs and gain teaching and mentoring experience.

Research Focus: Theoretical biology is a multi-disciplinary field and often examines complex systems. While theoretical biology is primarily associated with the natural and life sciences, there are some parallels and connections between the concepts and approaches used in theoretical biology and certain areas of the humanities. From ecology and evolutionary biology to behaviour, philosophy of biology, cultural evolution and digital humanities, our group welcomes the breadth while maintaining a connection to the living systems. Our research agenda is centred on exploring the origins and dynamics of the dynamic processes and patterns across various scales of organization, ranging from sub-cellular to societal levels. We desire to uncover fundamental properties of living systems and apply our findings to real-world contexts such as agriculture, conservation, and medicine. For insights into our group’s interests, please visit our publications page on this site.

Opportunities and Expectations: The successful candidates will enjoy considerable freedom in exploring a broad spectrum of systems, from microbial to social contexts. With the autonomy to develop ambitious projects, they can establish their independent research profiles.


  • PhD in theoretical biology, mathematics, physics, computer science, or a related field
  • Excellent communication skills and a collaborative mindset across disciplines
  • Demonstrated ability to generate original research ideas
  • Experience in the direction where they want to develop their expertise further 


  • Develop and execute research projects in the field of theoretical biology
  • Contribute research findings to peer-reviewed journals
  • Engage in teaching and mentoring of both undergraduate and graduate students
  • Participate actively in departmental and university activities

We Offer: Membership in a highly supportive and collaborative research team Access to modern facilities and an international research environment Encouraged within University cooperation possibilities across scales for e.g. :

  • microbiology (
  • animal ecology and tropical biology (
  • social psychology (

The University of Würzburg is committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, and we strongly encourage applications from individuals from underrepresented groups. Salary and benefits are according to public service positions in Germany (TVL, full position. The position is suitable for part-time employment). Female scientists are particularly encouraged to apply. Disabled applicants will be preferentially considered in case of equivalent qualifications. 

Applications Please send your application as a single pdf file per email to with the Subject “Postdoc application 2023”.  Application pdf should include,

  • a cover letter stating the motivation for pursuing a postdoc and the choice of group, location,
  • A project proposal for your work for the coming four years (limit to 3 pages, including references),
  • CV, 
  • relevant certificates, preprints, and 
  • names and contact details of at least two potential referees.

Deadline: 15th of October 2023

Applications will be processed as received. The positions starts as soon as possible. For further information, please contact  Prof. Dr. Chaitanya S. Gokhale, CCTB University of Würzburg, Germany, by e-mail (see above) or browse this site.