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PhD positions - IMPRS for Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences, Munich

The International Max Planck Research School for Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences (IMPRS-LS), jointly conducted by Munich based Max Planck Institutes and Universities, is an internationally recognized center of scientific and educational excellence.
More than 60 distinguished group leaders actively participate in the PhD program and offer challenging and cutting-edge PhD projects in the following research areas:
  • Protein structure & protein folding
  • Neurobiology & neurodegeneration
  • Chromatin biology & transcription
  • Signaling & cell communication.
  • Biophysics, membranes & transport
  • Multiscale imaging & visualization
  • Computational & systems biology.
The program provides comprehensive scientific training in a superb and vibrant research environment with state-of-the-art facilities. Doctoral students are fully integrated in international teams of scientists providing ample access to expertise and support in an interdisciplinary setting.

Laboratory work is supplemented by seminars, summer schools, elective courses, career development training and participation in international conferences.

Munich, as one of the leading German research areas in life sciences, offers a unique mixture of academic and urban lifestyle spiced with Bavarian tradition.

Highly qualified candidates with a deep commitment to basic research are invited to apply. Applicants should hold a MSc (or an equivalent degree) with a strong background in biological sciences, biochemistry, biophysics, biotechnology or a related discipline.

Successful candidates will be supported with a generous PhD fellowship covering living expenses and tuition.

Closing Date: January 06, 2015

For more information and online application please visit our website: www.imprs-ls.de

We offer you:
  • Excellent career opportunities in a competitive environment
  • Structured PhD program organized by Munich-based Max Planck Institutes and Universities
  • State-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge research projects
  • Individualized supervision and mentoring
  • Full funding provided for international and German students

We are looking for:
  • Talented, creative and enthusiastic doctoral students from all over the world with a strong passion for science & research

Selected publications 2013/2014:

Hennig, J. Militti, C., Popowicz, G.M., Wang, I., Sonntag, M., Geerlof, A., Gabel, F., Gebauer, F., and Sattler, M. (2014). Structural basis for the assembly of the Sxl-Unr translation regulatory complex.
Nature, [Epub ahead of print].
Schonberger, M., Althaus, M., Fronius, M., Clauss, W., and Trauner, D. (2014). Controlling epithelial sodium channels with light using photoswitchable amilorides.
Nat Chem 6, 712-719.
Stingele, J., Schwarz, M.S., Bloemeke, N., Wolf, P.G., and Jentsch, S. (2014). A DNA-Dependent Protease Involved in DNA-Protein Crosslink Repair.
Cell 158, 549-63.
Georgescauld, F., Popova, K., Gupta, A.J., Bracher, A., Engen, J.R., Hayer-Hartl, M., and Hartl, F.U. (2014). GroEL/ES Chaperonin Modulates the Mechanism and Accelerates the Rate of TIM-Barrel Domain Folding.
Cell 157, 922-934.
Rognoni, E., Widmaier, M., Jakobson, M., Ruppert, R., Ussar, S., Katsougkri, D., Bottcher, R.T., Lai-Cheong, J.E., Rifkin, D.B., McGrath, J.A., and Fassler, R. (2014). Kindlin-1 controls Wnt and TGF-beta availability to regulate cutaneous stem cell proliferation.
Nat Med, 350-9.
Raychaudhuri, S., Loew, C., Korner, R., Pinkert, S., Theis, M., Hayer-Hartl, M., Buchholz, F., and Hartl, F.U. (2014). Interplay of Acetyltransferase EP300 and the Proteasome System in Regulating Heat Shock Transcription Factor 1.
Cell 156, 975-985.
Gogala, M., Becker, T., Beatrix, B., Armache, J.P., Barrio-Garcia, C., Berninghausen, O., and Beckmann, R. (2014). Structures of the Sec61 complex engaged in nascent peptide translocation or membrane insertion.
Nature 506, 107-110.
Kaufmann, A., Beier, V., Franquelim, H.G., and Wollert, T. (2014). Molecular mechanism of autophagic membrane-scaffold assembly and disassembly.
Cell 156, 469-481.

Maisak, M.S., Haag, J., Ammer, G., Serbe, E., Meier, M., Leonhardt, A., Schilling, T., Bahl, A., Rubin, G.M., Nern, A., Dickson, B.J., Reiff, D.F., Hopp, E., and Borst, A. (2013). A directional tuning map of Drosophila elementary motion detectors.
Nature, 500:212-216.

Helmstaedter, M., Briggman, K.L., Turaga, S.C., Jain, V., Seung, H.S., and Denk, W. (2013). Connectomic reconstruction of the inner plexiform layer in the mouse retina.
Nature, 500:168-174.

Park, S.H., Kukushkin, Y., Gupta, R., Chen, T., Konagai, A., Hipp, M.S., Hayer-Hartl, M., and Hartl, F.U. (2013). PolyQ Proteins Interfere with Nuclear Degradation of Cytosolic Proteins by Sequestering the Sis1p Chaperone.
Cell, 154:134-45.

Tosi A, Haas C, Herzog F, Gilmozzi A, Berninghausen O, Ungewickell C, Gerhold CB, Lakomek K, Aebersold R, Beckmann R, Hopfner KP. (2013). Structure and Subunit Topology of the INO80 Chromatin Remodeler and Its Nucleosome Complex.
Cell, 154:1207-19.

Halbach, F., Reichelt, P., Rode, M., and Conti, E. (2013). The yeast ski complex: crystal structure and RNA channeling to the exosome complex.
Cell, 154:814-826.

Bhogaraju, S., Cajanek, L., Fort, C., Blisnick, T., Weber, K., Taschner, M., Mizuno, N., Lamla, S., Bastin, P., Nigg, E.A., and Lorentzen, E. (2013). Molecular basis of tubulin transport within the cilium by IFT74 and IFT81.
Science, 341:1009-1012.

Civril, F., Deimling, T., de Oliveira Mann, C.C., Ablasser, A., Moldt, M., Witte, G., Hornung, V., and Hopfner, K.P. (2013). Structural mechanism of cytosolic DNA sensing by cGAS.
Nature, 498:332-7

Hondele, M., Stuwe, T., Hassler, M., Halbach, F., Bowman, A., Zhang, E.T., Nijmeijer, B., Kotthoff, C., Rybin, V., Amlacher, S., Hurt, E., and Ladurner, A.G. (2013). Structural basis of histone H2A-H2B recognition by the essential chaperone FACT.
Nature, 499:111-4

Mues, M., Bartholomaus, I., Thestrup, T., Griesbeck, O., Wekerle, H., Kawakami, N., and Krishnamoorthy, G. (2013). Real-time in vivo analysis of T cell activation in the central nervous system using a genetically encoded calcium indicator.
Nat Med., 19:778-83

Anger, A.M., Armache, J.P., Berninghausen, O., Habeck, M., Subklewe, M., Wilson, D.N., and Beckmann, R. (2013). Structures of the human and Drosophila 80S ribosome.
Nature, 497:80-85

Stahl, R., Walcher, T., De Juan Romero, C., Pilz, G.A., Cappello, S., Irmler, M., Sanz-Aquela, J.M., Beckers, J., Blum, R., Borrell, V., and Gotz, M. (2013). Trnp1 regulates expansion and folding of the Mammalian cerebral cortex by control of radial glial fate.
Cell, 153:535-549.

Meissner, F., Scheltema, R.A., Mollenkopf, H.J., and Mann, M. (2013). Direct proteomic quantification of the secretome of activated immune cells.
Science, 340:475-478.

Mori, K., Weng, S.M., Arzberger, T., May, S., Rentzsch, K., Kremmer, E., Schmid, B., Kretzschmar, H.A., Cruts, M., Van Broeckhoven, C., Haass, C., and Edbauer, D. (2013). The C9orf72 GGGGCC Repeat Is Translated into Aggregating Dipeptide-Repeat Proteins in FTLD/ALS.
Science, 339:1335-8

Pengelly, A.R., Copur, O., Jackle, H., Herzig, A., and Muller, J. (2013). A histone mutant reproduces the phenotype caused by loss of histone-modifying factor Polycomb.
Science, 339:698-699.

Contact detail

How to apply:
Please submit your application through our online application portal at:
Send application to
Dr. Hans-Joerg Schaeffer
Am Klopferspitz 18
82152 Martinsried

Job profile

Working hours
Contract duration
Type of job
PhD Project
Work experience
job experience is not required
Germany (Bayern)
Working place
82152 München
Area of expertise
Biology & Life Sciences, Chemistry, Biotechnology