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PhD position in biochemistry/cell biology: Biogenesis of mitochondria

At the department of physiological chemistry of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, we are looking for a highly motivated PhD student who shares our enthusiasm for science and research.
Our group investigates in mitochondria exciting subjects of general importance in the field of cell biology/biochemistry. Mitochondria are central for the life and death of cells and play a role in many diseases. To fulfil its function, mitochondria have to take up many biomolecules. We are interested in the biogenesis of mitochondria, in particular in the transport and sorting of proteins into mitochondria. Proteins of the mitochondrial intermembrane space are transported into mitochondria by the essential redox-dependent Mia40/Erv1 disulfide relay system. This is a unique mitochondrial import system, since it introduces disulphide bonds into proteins. In this project, we will focus on specific unresolved steps of the Mia40/Erv1 import pathway. To do so, we employ a variety of biochemical, genetic, molecular biological and biophysical methods.

Department of physiological chemistry:
The department of physiological chemistry provides a dynamic, interactive and international scientific environment. We provide excellent scientific education and support. As part of the Biomedical Center on the life science campus München-Martinsried, the department is embedded in a great international scientific environment that provides several core facilities and covers a wide variety of scientific disciplines and state-of-the-art-techniques.
We are looking for:
Applicants should have a master’s degree or equivalent in biochemistry, biology, cell biology, chemistry or related subjects. We are looking for talented and highly motivated doctoral students (position: 65% E13).

Starting date: 01 December 2016 or later

Contact detail

How to apply:
Please sent the application with the usual documents electronically as pdf document to Dr. Kai Hell (E-mail: hell@med.uni-muenchen.de). Closing date for applications is November, 20, 2016.
Send application to
PD Dr. Kai Hell
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Biomedical Center, Department of Physiological Chemistry
Großhaderner Strasse 9
82152 Planegg-Martinsried


Job profile

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