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1 PhD Scholarship (M/F) in Space Life Sciences

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The Helmholtz Space Life Sciences Research School (SpaceLife) at the German Aerospace Center, Institute of Aerospace Medicine, funded by the German Helmholtz Association, offers
 
1 PhD Scholarship (M/F) in Space Life Sciences
for 3 years

Research Area

Astrobiology / Microbiology
 
Job Specification
The Helmholtz Space Life Sciences Research School (SpaceLife) offers a comprehensive and interdisciplinary training for doctoral students from different fields. Students from any country can participate in the three-year program. Project language is English.
The scientific training is provided in cooperation with several German universities (Aachen, Berlin, Bonn, Erlangen-Nürnberg, Kiel, Köln, DSHS Köln, Magdeburg, Marburg, München, Regensburg) in a superb and vibrant research environment with state of the art facilities and cutting edge research projects. Students will learn to develop integrated concepts to solve health issues in human spaceflight and in related disease patterns on Earth, and to further explore the requirements for life in extreme environments, enabling a better understanding of the ecosystem Earth and the search for life on other planets in unmanned and manned missions.
Prospective student will join the Astrobiology Research Group and the interdisciplinary context of the program facilitates interactions with other research groups and fosters the ability of cross-frontier thinking. Laboratory work is supplemented by lectures, a students’ workshop, journal clubs, elective courses, soft skills training, exchanges with partner universities or partner organizations, and participation in national or international conferences.
For further information and for application, please refer to
 
http://www.dlr.de/me/SpaceLife
 
We offer
 
  • a PhD scholarship paid according to the rules of the German Research Foundation (DFG)
  • a top-level research environment
  • a periodic research report system
  • efficient supervision by a team of two supervisors and a mentor
  • an interdisciplinary training program
  • intensive courses in soft skills
  • stays at labs at the partner institutions or abroad
  • Cologne –a lively city with a vibrant cultural scene, successful scientific centers of innovation and dynamic business activities
 
 
We expect
 
  • study in any Life Science related to the research topic (e.g. biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, microbiology) finished with high marks and a Diploma or Master degree that qualifies for starting a PhD study in Germany. Candidates who are about to earn their degree are welcome to apply.
  • fluently spoken and written English is essential
  • basic laboratory experience (dependent on research topic)
  • strong interest in Space Life Sciences
  • high motivation and dedication for scientific working
  • ability to work creatively in a multidisciplinary team
  • knowledge of standard word processing and spreadsheet software
 
 
It is advantageous to have…
 
  • experience with database management and statistical software
  • ability using biomedical literature databases
  • basic knowledge in German for daily life in Germany
Application Deadline: 30.11.2014

Start Date: 01.01.2015

Topic of Doctoral Thesis
Resistance of Bacillus subtilis biofilms under extreme environmental and extraterrestrial conditions – implications for the search of microbial life on other planetary bodies


 

Contact detail


How to apply:
Please send your application to: spacelife@dlr.de
Download the application forms from the SpaceLife website: http://www.dlr.de/me/SpaceLife
Send application to


Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR)
German Aerospace Center
Institute of Aerospace Medicine | Radiation Biology | Linder Hoehe | 51147 Cologne | Germany
 
PD Dr. Christine E. Hellweg | SpaceLife Coordinator
Telephone +49 2203 601 3243 | Telefax +49 2203 61970 | christine.hellweg@dlr.de
 

Job profile


Working hours
Full-Time
Contract duration
Temporary
Type of job
PhD Project
Work experience
job experience is not required
Region
Germany (Nordrhein-Westfalen)
Working place
51147 Köln
Area of expertise
Biology & Life Sciences
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