Research Assistant (PhD), Department of Biology, laboratory of Animal Physiology/Neurophysiology

The Department of Biology, laboratory of Animal Physiology/Neurophysiology, Prof. Dr. Henrik Bringmann, is inviting applications for a
Research Assistant
(PhD Student).

The position is offered for a period of 3 years, if no former times of qualification must be considered. The starting date is as soon as possible. The position is part-time (50 % of regular working hours) with salary and benefits commensurate with a public service position in the state Hesse, Germany (TV-H E 13, 50 %).

Activities and responsibilities

Aim of the project is to study the molecular regulation and functions of sleep in C. elegans. Focus of the project will be the molecular mechanisms by which sleep counteracts aging by using a wide range of techniques including molecular biology, omics, quantitative microscopy and functional imaging, and optogenetics.

The position is limited to a time period deemed adequate for the completion of a doctoral degree. As part of the assigned duties, there will be ample opportunity to conduct the independent scientific research necessary for the completion of a doctorate. The limitation complies to § 2, 1 WissZeitVG.

Qualification profile

The successful candidate will hold an excellent MSc-degree or equivalent in biology or biochemistry and should ideally have a strong background in molecular biology and neuroscience, and should have excellent English communication skills. As a central member of the group, the PhD student should have a high internal motivation, the ability to work independently, and should have good organizational skills. Disposition to own scientific qualification (e.g. a doctorate project in the area of molecular sleep research) is expected.

We offer

We actively support the professional development of junior researchers, e.g. by the offers of Marburg Research Academy (MARA), the International Office, the Higher Education Didactics Office and the Human Resources Development Office.

We support women and strongly encourage them to apply. In areas where women are underrepresented, female applicants will be preferred in case of equal qualifications. Applicants with children are welcome – Philipps-University is certified as a family-friendly university. Sharing a full-time position (§ 8 Abs. 2 S. 1 HGlG) as well as a reduction of working time is possible. Applicants with a disability as described in SGB IX (§ 2 Abs. 2, 3) will be preferred in case of equal qualifications.

Send application to

For further information regarding this position please contact Prof. Henrik Bringmann via

Please send your application (cover letter, CV including a list of publication (if available), degree certificates) together with names and contact addresses for 2 - 3 references until 18.10.2019 with reference to fb17-0052-wmz-2019 and preferentially as one single pdf file to

While applying for the job please refer to jobvector and use the following reference number: fb17-0052-wmz-2019

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