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PhD fellowship in biology / immunology / life sciences

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PhD fellowship in biology / immunology / life sciences is currently available at the Department of Rheumatology and Immunology of the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.

We are an international laboratory for matrix biology with up to 25 researchers. Our major goals are to identify novel targets/treatment strategies in fibrotic and autoimmune diseases. We have national and international cooperation partners in academics and pharmaceutical industry.

We are looking for a highly motivated and outstanding PhD student to work on a project focusing on Gli2 inhibition in fibrosing disorders. The project is closely related to projects within the EULAR Center of Excellence.

We provide excellent resources including a fully-equipped laboratory for conducting experiments to analyze matrix metabolism (FACS, Western blot, real-time PCR, nucleofection, siRNA, cell sorting, immunohistochemistry, fluorescence microscopy, ELISA, ChIP, Luciferase assay). The student´s project will comprise various in vitro (cell culture) and in vivo systems (genetic and non-genetic mouse models). We offer generous travel support for conferences, and an excellent international research network.

Required/desired skills:
• graduation at a Master´s level (or equivalent) by the time of application with an above-average university degree (B+ or better; 2+ or better) in biological or biomedical sciences (biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, immunology, molecular life science, molecular medicine).
• strong interest in immunology/ autoimmunity and research lab work
• experience in cell culture, molecular biological techniques, and/or animal models is advantageous
• ability to work both independently and co-operatively within an international research team
• excellent written and spoken English

The PhD student is expected to publish his/her results in a high-impact journal. Funding for a 3-year employment is available.

Applications should include:
  • cover letter indicating relevant qualifications
  • curriculum vitae
  • attached school certificate
  • attached university diploma / master degree
  • brief summary of practical skills/research experience
  • names of two references
Applications (in English or German) will be considered on an on-going basis until the position is filled. Please send applications electronically to Dr. Clara Dees. Please do not hesitate to ask further questions:

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Job profile

Working hours
Contract duration
Type of job
PhD Project
Work experience
job experience is not required
Germany (Bayern)
Working place
91054 Erlangen
Area of expertise
Biology & Life Sciences